As a preface to this review, it is The Butterfly Effect 3 and we know how sequels tend to go.
If you aren’t familiar with the butterfly effect itself, it basically says that the beat of a butterfly’s wings can cause a tsunami across the world or something to that regard. The Butterfly Effect movies delve into this by having the main character travel back in time to try to prevent something from happening, only to alter history in most often negative ways.
The Butterfly Effect 3 follows this same pattern. The main character has the ability to travel back in time, and he uses his power to identify killers and crime details to the police. When the sister of his old girlfriend comes to visit, requesting that he help find the person who killed her over a decade previously, he ignores all rules regarding time travel and changes the course of history.
It has been a while since I saw any of the other movies, so it’s difficult to compare from the series itself. Most importantly, it’s difficult to really say whether the idea of this on is any different. I can say, as a stand alone movie, it’s pretty decent.
I thought the main character and his sister had an interesting dynamic. Their story is essentially that when they were younger, she died in a fire, and he went back in time to save her. She knows entirely about his abilities to jump, but doesn’t realize (depending on the reality) that he went back in time to save her. With every time he goes back in time, his life gets worse and hers gets better. They seem to have a complimentary relationship in that way.
One thing that I didn’t really understand in the story of it is that with every jump, and with every change to history he makes, he still manages to come back with the same details in his life. I suppose this is most confusing for me in regard to the police. In the beginning, the main character is working with the police as a psychic. They have no idea about his time traveling ability, but they don’t trust him as a psychic either. Every time that the main character changes history, he comes back and he’s still working with the same police officers under the same pretenses. The only difference is that with each time he tries to change something in the past, he incriminates himself further in the present.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I didn’t understand the idea that with the changes made to history, he wouldn’t have changed his attitude about working with the police. If he was considered a suspect for so long, why would he still have been giving all of this information to the police, information that would definitely incriminate him in unsolved crimes. We’ve all seen enough of this in various television shows and movies. Why do they have the same relationships?
Other than that I would describe the story as a puzzle that leaves the pieces strewn out for viewers to casually pick up, but it’s hard to tell exactly what picture we’re trying to put together. When everything does come together in the end, it’s a surprise that I personally didn’t see coming, but was intrigued by to say the least.
The cinematography was kind of edgy. It’s dark and gritty. Sometimes I felt it was a little too dark, but the overall stylization wasn’t bad. I didn’t really have a problem with any of the shots or any edits that really stick out to me.
There was one really good transition. I say good in that it made me laugh quite a bit. We’re in a bar, and the bartender hands him a shot. The main character asks, “what is this?” She responds that it’s a fuzzy nipple. They smile. The next shot is some nipples which leads the viewer into the mandatory sex scene that these movies tend to always have. I thought the transition was pretty clever. I don’t know what to say.
Overall, the movie isn’t that bad for it being the third in a series. It’s not incredibly new or unique, but it’s not bad.