THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT 3: REVELATIONS
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
and Lynch R. Travis
What's it about
Time jumper Sam tries to use his abilities for good, leaping back in time to help the police solve crimes. But when he attempts to solve the murder of his dead girlfriend, he changes realities and learns things Iím sure he doesnít wanna know.
Is it good movie?
Iíve never seen The Butterfly Effect. I remember Ashton Kutcher starred in it, he had a little mustache, and the fat guy from Varsity Blues sported a mohawk. Beyond that wonderful tidbit of info, my knowledge ends right about there. Little did know I that only a few years later, Kutcherís sci-fi flick spawned not just one, but two direct-to-DVD sequels. Huh. Who knew?
Now, just because I know nothing of the first film, it did not obstruct my viewing of part three. Like any good critical soldier, I popped the DVD in and trudged through, for better or worse. And despite the Kutcher aftertaste, The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations (apart of the After Dark Horrorfest III line) ends up a predictable, yet mildly entertaining romp. Itís not the most engaging film, not the most inventive, but it trucks along with a likeable like in Chris Carmack, who manages to lose his shirt several times. He reminds of a lesser Seann William Scott, if such a thing is possible.
With all time travelling movies, if one starts to question the plausibility and logic of motivation or consequences, it does nothing more but cause a brief headache. So I can only imagine what Sam felt as he jumped back and forth only to screw up his timeline with each trip. But one question does linger. If every time he jumps he alters everyoneís past, how does he hold onto relationships in the future? How would they recall conversations and events that happened prior to his jump? Wouldnít they be just a susceptible to change as all other aspects in his life? Ok, ok, this is what occurs with lackluster sci-fi movies. Donít go attempting to create something that no one has a chance to answer.
Since I know nothing of the first film, the gore in part three surprised me. In this installment, Samís chasing a serial killer through time and darn it, as luck has it, Sam keeps ending up accused of the crimes. The murderer, known as the Pontiac Killer (this takes place in Detroit), has an affinity of really mutating the victims. In doing so helps remove the film from only the sci-fi genre, as the movie starts incorporating more and more murder.
Video / Audio
Video: 16x9 Widescreen presentation
Audio: Presented with the power of 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
Miss Horrorfest Webisodes: Another collection of fan made short films that features a lot of hot vampire-ish women doing strange and horrendous things to victims. These all start to run together after a while.
Overall, The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations attempts to achieve a higher level of psychological suspense and gore. Occasionally, I found the flick interesting and engaging, but by the time the credits rolled, my interest had waned. I could blame it on Kutcher, but Iíll blame it on the fact this is a second sequel to what I can only assume was mediocre to began with.