With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access one hundred percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.
A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible.
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.
For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos.
Evan Treborn grows up in a small town with his single, working mother and his friends. He suffers from memory blackouts where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, confused. Evan's friends and mother hardly believe him, thinking he makes it up just to get out of trouble. As Evan grows up he has fewer of these blackouts until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven he has written a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick!Written by
Tommy suffers from antisocial personality disorder. See more »
Although he is not yet convicted of a crime, Evan is held in a penitentiary (he should be in a jail). See more »
[reading aloud as he writes a note]
If anyone finds this, it means my plan didn't work and I'm already dead. But if I can somehow go back to the beginning of all of this, I might be able to save her.
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The title, "The Butterfly Effect," is superimposed over a depiction of a butterfly beating its wings, which is itself superimposed upon an X-ray profile of a human brain. See more »
The director's cut contains a few new scenes:
Evan discovering that his grandfather had the same gift, and also was considered crazy, like his father
Evan and Andrea go to a palm reader that tells Evan he has no lifeline
Andrea telling Evan she was pregnant twice before he was born.
A scene in the prison where the prisoners publicly read Evan's journals.
A scene in the prison where the other prisoners come to rape Evan one night.
An extended hospital scene where Evan is visiting sick Andrea.
Only watch Director's Cut, not Theatrical Release!
Director's cut: 8, Theatrical release: 6. Seriously, can you destroy a movie any worse than by putting a sappy ending on a serious movie? I mean, can you? No, you can't. So do yourself a service and avoid the pap that they fed the audiences in the theater because they are gutless worms and go with the actual story. I just thank god I saw the Director's Cut first. It sort of gives me the creeps to think how many movies I've seen that were lobotomized and left me feeling they were just ho hum.
That said, it is only a few minutes at the end that are different. Either way you would have felt you were watching a pretty good movie. The difference is just that if you watched the theatrical release you would have this nagging feeling following you around the rest of your life that you should be able to go back in time and change the ending.
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