By: J. Pastore
It all starts happening once Evan experiences his first headache. Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) is a college student living in New York. After a traumatic event in his childhood, Evan starts to experience severely strong headaches, which causes him to blackout. After such an occasion, Evan would not remember a thing and appear in a completely different place as he was before. However, during his stay in New York, he unexpectedly finds a journal from his teenage years. By reading the journal’s passages, Treborn discovers that he can travel back to the past and even alter the past reality. However, by doing so, he also discovers that once he has changed any aspect of the past, it actually becomes true in his present time. Eventually, Evan returns from the past and finds himself in a different alternate reality, even in which he attends another college or gets locked up in prison.
Kayleigh, Evan’s childhood sweetheart, ends up having a terrible life, and so he tries to change her destiny for her. Unfortunately, his various trips to the past eventually end up catching up to him as tragic consequences of his actions. As he tries to alter what has happened to him in the past, he realizes that he ends up making everything worse.
The Butterfly Effect, released on the 23rd of July 2004, was directed by Eric Bress and produced by the company New Line Cinema. Ashton Kutcher plays the role of Evan Treborn, alongside Amy Smart as Kayleigh and Melora Walters as Andrea. The film also features a young version of Evan Treborn, played by actor Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson, Perks of being a Wallflower, etc.). It received approximately $96.8 million at the box office worldwide with a production budget of $13 million. The Butterfly Effect is only one of the many mind-blowing films in the psychological thriller genre, and it is, in fact, a recommendation of mine!