Here’s a question: “do you know the feeling you can get when a movie hits you where it almost hurts?”
There is no need to answer this question, it’s not in need of a answer, but if you haven’t there is seriously something you should consider doing:
go see “The Butterfly Effect”
No, I’m not advertising for this movie, but if you haven’t seen it, you can’t know what I’m talking about and you should simply go see it.
Back to the normal things of the day. It was just another day at school, nothing special. After our only class today I decided to go shopping with a classmate and another one joined in. I wanted to go and get myself a trackball. Then what do I need a trackball for? I have several mice lying around… Well, I want a trackball to take with me when I have my laptop with me (yes, still the BenQ POS, but this one actually seems to be doing really well afterall) and a trackball requires considerbly less space than a mouse does and it doesn’t make you hands go numb after a while which the touchpad does…
Anyway, we ended up going to the Mediamarkt in Heerlen (NL) and there we found out they didn’t have any and so we ended up browsing through the DVDs and there I found 2 most interesting titles:
- Zombie Nation
- The Butterfly Effect
Zombie Nation is actually a compilation of 3 classic zombie flicks:
- City of the Living Dead
- Tombs of the Blinddead
- Dawn of the Dead
We all know Dawn of the Dead by the legendary George A. Romero, but I haven’t ever seen the other 2, but I don’t think they need any explaination. It’s the other one I want to talk about.
The Butterlfly Effect
The Butterfly Effect is a chaos theory. It is said that a flapping butterfly can initiate a chainreaction of events that will utlimately be the cause of a hurricane on the other side of the world. So something really small can cause disaster and that is what this movie is all about.
Evan Tremore is a young and seemingly normal guy who suffered from serious blackouts during his youth. He simply lost parts of his memory. At some point he and his mother move out of town and then the story skips 7 years.
In case you didn’t notice, I’m going into any details here.
7 years later he’s a student living in a dormhouse together with his roommate Thumper (it’s his nickname, don’t know the guys real name, in the movie that is). When they both go out, Evan picks up this girl who at some point finds his journals he’s been writing from his 7th year of life and she urges him to read her a bit from it and at that moment, when he starts reading, everthing blurs up and he passes out and you get to see what he’s dreaming. He’s actually dreaming a part of his youth where he blacked out. When he wakes up his new found girlfriend is obviously worried and he just walks out the room.
Later on he’ll find out that he can actually influence these “dreams” as they go and whatever he does in these dreams turns out to be real, so he’s actually going back in time with all his knowledge and he’s changing history.
That’s about all you need to know about the background story and it may seem to be not really interesting, but I can tell you this; this movie is so gripping, it’s the only movie I’ve ever seen that I couldn’t stop a tear from dripping out of my eyes. It’s drama how drama is supposed to be. It’s extreme surealistic, but the character of Evan seems so real that he simply drags you into his mind, you feel what he’s feeling, you see what he sees and you think what he’s thinking, yet you still don’t know what his next move will be.
I can’t describe how good this movie is except for the fact that it’s the only really good movie that Ashton Kutcher ever starred in and even that doesn’t give the movie enough credit. It’s utterly brilliant, that’s the only description possible, everything else is degrading. Whenever you hit the pause button on your remote to go to the bathroom, or to get yourself a drink or whatever makes you feel sorry for not being able to continue watching at that very moment; it’s really that good. Everything seems perfect in this movie, the acting, the setting, the story, the characters, everything and the situation just keeps going from bad to worse. But I’m allready saying too much, I won’t give away any more of the plot for those who haven’t yet seen this movie. And to those people: I command you all to either rent, buy, download, do whatever it takes to get this movie and watch it, you won’t regret it.
Shit, am I now turning into a movie critic? Nah…
…End of line.
Ps.: I’ll post images of the covers of both DVDs later, now I’m tired, need to sleep.