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The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations (2009)

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Sam Reide uses his power to time travel to solve the mystery of his girlfriend's death.






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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Jones ...
Detective Dan Glenn (as Lynch Travis)
Hugh Maguire ...
Richard Wilkinson ...
Chantel Giacalone ...
Michael Ellison ...
Anita's Boyfriend (as Michael D. Ellison)
Ulysses Hernandez ...
Michael Paul Place ...
Young Sam (as Michael Place)
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Sam Reide has the ability of traveling to the past and works with the police department solving unresolved crimes, witnessing the events with the support of his sister, Jenna Reide and reporting the criminal's identity to detective Dan Glenn. When Elizabeth Brown, the sister of his former girlfriend Rebecca Brown that was murdered a couple of years ago pays a visit to him, she tells him that she has just found Rebecca's journal with evidences that Lonnie Flennons, who was accused for the murder is innocent. Sam decides to witness the murder of Rebecca and his interference affects the future. He travels to the past to try to fix his mistakes, but every time he returns, the future is in worse condition. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Death repeats itself.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic bloody violence, a strong sex scene including nudity, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 July 2009 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Butterfly Effect 3  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


All of the bar scenes (including a murder scene) were filmed in Foran's Grand Trunk Pub, one of the oldest pubs still in operation in the city of Detroit. One unique fact about Foran's is that the famed magician, Harry Houdini, kept an office in the basement of the pub. See more »


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Good, but could be better.
24 August 2014 | by (Pakistan) – See all my reviews

Good movie, but not a great one. Not one of those movies that make me sit down and imagine myself in the protagonist's shoes. The first movie was thought provoking, during and after the movie. I came up with dozens of tricks and possibilities that I would have pulled off if I was in Sam's place. Revelations was thrilling and well directed, but it did not utilize the possibilities of time travel to its maximum potential, nor did it clearly display the 'butterfly effect'.

COMPARISON WITH THE FIRST MOVIE: -In the first movie Evan went back in time with a plan. However, in Revelations, Sam was clueless and clumsy every time he jumped back. There was no apparent purpose of his time travel and it would become obvious that things were not going to end in his favor. -Revelations did not have as many plot holes as the first movie. But that was only because we were not aware what Sam was doing at the time he traveled back. In the first movie, we knew exactly what Evan was doing and were familiar with the scenes.

WHAT I WANT FROM A FUTURE BUTTERFLY EFFECT MOVIE: -The original concept of time travel be kept,i.e, the protagonist can only travel back to certain life events. -The audience should be intensely familiarized with each of these events. -The time traveler experiments with his abilities to analyze and memorize every piece of information at these events. -The violence be dimmed down a bit so more people can watch it. -The time traveler THINKS BIG. It is annoying to see that such a powerful ability is used for petty issues, compared to what can actually be accomplished.

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