A young man struggles to access sublimated childhood memories. He finds a technique that allows him to travel back into the past, to occupy his childhood body and change history. However, he soon finds that every change he makes has unexpected consequences.
As many of you know, one premise of Chaos Theory is that one slight change in one place may yield huge results in a totally unrelated place. That is known as "the butterfly effect." This is not what happens here, so the title serves as a hook to potential movie goers rather than defining the movie itself. But what you get by viewing it is plenty satisfying enough. Admittedly, I've been a sucker for any story that revolves around the intriguing question of what would changing events through time travel do to the future from which your came. Most of the stories of this genre that I've seen revolve around one significant change. In this film, we get several (I didn't stop to count them), which adds to the exploration of that basic premise. What happens to our main character (Ashton Kuchner in the best acting in his career) is the sad fact that alternate results continue to lead to tragedies that are different, but no worse. That is why he keeps dipping in and out of time. The same characters appear, but end up in very different ways (i.e. a psychopathic killer in one reality becomes a devoted Christian proseltizer in another). Determined to discover SOME change that will yield a positive result, Kuchner perservers. Now comes the equaly perplexing and intriguing element. There are two different endings in the movie. And in this case these two are vastly different! In the theatrical version, by refusing the innocent romantic interest of the young girl that is highly impacted by every one of their subsequent involvements, happiness without tragedy at last is the result. While his future is not revealed, he looks happy enough as an adult--and there is even a suggestion at the very end that she and he might be star crossed lovers after all. The Director's version is far more dramatic and calls for the biggest sacrifice of all from him. Here his mother, who already has had multiple miscarriages, miscarries him. Thus he gives up his life before it even begins!And for him it is worth it, because he discovers that since he never lived, everyone else lives happily ever after. This is told simply but effectively in a rapid 'slide show' of scenes chronicling this. This movie engages the viewer, challenges the viewer to actually think (imagine that in a mainstream Hollywood movie!), and provides them with the chance to speculate upon their own lives and the lives they've observed if they had made different choices. See it!
I loved this movie, in fact, It's my favourite movie.
The story always stays just that tiny step ahead, delivering beautiful twists and turns throughout.
It was the first movie I have ever truly cried at, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants a good night in.
It's a movie that is REALLY worth a look at.<3
This movie is really good, its creepy, sad, sometimes funny, and it has a message i loved it.
It is a really good movie that works and is addicting and u find yourself needing to know the end as if your life depended on it. But it truly is sad.
It is a movie worthy of your time.