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The Butterfly Effect (2012)

An ordinary looking guy wakes up one morning feeling the worse for wear and realizes he's run out of milk. As he drags himself out of the house to go and buy some, an extraordinary sequence... See full summary »


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An ordinary looking guy wakes up one morning feeling the worse for wear and realizes he's run out of milk. As he drags himself out of the house to go and buy some, an extraordinary sequence of events draws him into a journey of mayhem on the streets of San Francisco. Written by bob the moo

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2012 (UK) See more »

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Limited in what it offers but it does have energy, silliness and spectacle in a runtime that suits its disposable nature
23 August 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I found this short film on one the blogs that I trust to provide me a good range and good quality of short films; this blog tends to put genre, topic and style for each short to enable easier sorting and searching by taste or mood. Normally the 'topic' field gives a bit more detail to the genre classification but in the case of this film, while the genre was 'action', the topic was 'nothing'. And, to be fair, that is not a criticism that anyone who made the film would disagree with since really it is a film about nothing.

The title's hint at chaos effect is really just a starting point for the film because really it is one big absurd action sequence. A man needs milk, leaves his flat, buys milk, steps in gum and then the simple movement of a butterfly knocks a skateboard into his path; he steps on – and suddenly we have a downhill chase that plays like Bullitt, if Bullitt had no sense of reality, restriction on what it could do an was animated. As a result we have a massive ridiculous sort of speed chase sequence, which throws everything it can at the screen to the point where even if you were hoping for more, you probably are just going to give up and go with it. Pretty much that is what I did, it has no plot and it is totally built on Looney Tunes' theory of physics and gravity, but it is hard not to keep watching because of how silly and insane it is.

The animation is of a very high quality but at times it does feel like it is showing off and I would have liked a bit more humor or action because often it just feels like spectacle and not much else. Of course we have plenty of blockbusters that show us that this works as a business model so it is not a huge deal and I guess at only 2 or 3 minutes it is hard not to like it for what it is. It is limited in what it offers of course, and could have done more, but as a 3 minute piece of disposable action nonsense then at least it has energy and a bit of a sense of its own silliness.

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