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It's the Booze Talkin': Why even bother with The Butterfly Effect reboot?

Jul. 29, 2013by: JimmyO
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Let’s talk reboot! Specifically the recent plans to remake the meh flick THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT (Which The Arrow actually loved - to each his own). To be fair, the film starring Ashton Kutcher was able to earn an impressive chunk of change with its small budget. Hell, it even inspired two super mediocre straight to DVD sequels: THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT 2 in 2006 and THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT 3: REVELATIONS in 2009 – neither of which featured Kutcher or Amy Smart. According to the original’s IMDB page the film has a decent rating of 7.7 in spite of a lackluster performance from its leading man. Of course, critically it didn’t fare all that well but this genre seems to inspire critical venom quite often.

The question is, why even bother remaking a film that is barely a decade old? Other than the fact that it featured the up and coming Kutcher in his first major dramatic role, I can barely remember this so-so attempt at time travel. So other than the attention Kutcher got, there was very little worth remembering. The reboot is reportedly going to be penned by the original film’s co-writer and co-director Eric Bress – who worked alongside J. Mackye Gruber. The original film’s producers A.J. Dix, Anthony Rhulen, Chris Bender and J.C. Spink are all set to hop on-board.

For fans of this film, this may be just thrilling news, yet it is very hard to get excited about another flick that hardly managed to thrill me the first time around. While clearly I was not a fan of Kutcher’s performance, I find it difficult to believe that bringing in a new actor would really make that much of a difference. Again, this will be the fourth film in the franchise and while it is a pretty good premise, I just don’t see this as something to get remotely excited about.

As far as remakes go, like most horror fans it seems as if Hollywood and even many independent filmmakers continually go overboard with the remake/reboot/re-imagining craze. Yet I’m not one to crap on every single one that comes my way. So far this year, two of my favorite genre releases are remakes and they work. The idea of an EVIL DEAD remake was far more disturbing than actually being possessed by a demon, but it was an intense gore-soaked surprise.

And who would have ever guessed that Elijah Wood would be able to come along and do justice to MANIAC? The mere mention of Wood playing the same role that Joe Spinell did was beyond ludicrous and yet it was brutally awesome. While it is rare that a reboot and/or remake work as well as these two films did for me personally, it can be done.

The difference however between MANIAC and EVIL DEAD and THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT is that both original films left a major impression. THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT was a mid-2000’s movie that seemed to be destined to disappear from my already messed up memory. And no, the sequels did absolutely nothing but leave me scratching my head as to why they even bothered. Perhaps the filmmakers have a really inspired idea behind this re-do and will blow us all away with an incredible new vision. Is there a fresh and exciting way to tell this story over again? Maybe… but I seriously doubt it.

Maybe it’s the booze talkin’, but why the f*ck do we need another BUTTERFLY EFFECT? The film was neither so terrible that it needed a reboot, nor was it interesting enough to warrant a return to it. Looking back, the only thing that really stood out was that it had that Ashton guy trying to be a serious actor. Again, maybe I’ll be as surprised as I was with EVIL DEAD, or it will just be another installment in this give or take franchise. We'll see! What do you think?

Extra Tidbit: Agree or disagree... are you looking forward to a new BUTTERFLY EFFECT?

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5:38AM on 08/09/2013
While I agree that the thought of this movie getting a reboot is just retarded, the original is really good. I am not a Kutcher hater and I love Amy Smart. The plot was good, the acting was decent and the movie was quite entertaining. I also thought in was pretty original when it came to the time traveling bits.
While I agree that the thought of this movie getting a reboot is just retarded, the original is really good. I am not a Kutcher hater and I love Amy Smart. The plot was good, the acting was decent and the movie was quite entertaining. I also thought in was pretty original when it came to the time traveling bits.
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4:46PM on 08/06/2013
Personally I actually enjoyed the DTV sequels more then the original film, but i'm none too enthused about a reboot, seems pretty pointless.
Personally I actually enjoyed the DTV sequels more then the original film, but i'm none too enthused about a reboot, seems pretty pointless.
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12:31PM on 07/29/2013
Had no interest in the first one and have no interest in this one. It's WAY too soon for a remake from an audience point of view, but thinking from the studio's point of view I get it... even if I disagree. It's got name recognition so they want to capitalize on that. The general public goes to whatever they recognize- like Grown Ups 2! I figure if the studios are going to keep being remake-happy then why not remake bad movies (and hopefully fix them!)? Better than screwing up good movies with
Had no interest in the first one and have no interest in this one. It's WAY too soon for a remake from an audience point of view, but thinking from the studio's point of view I get it... even if I disagree. It's got name recognition so they want to capitalize on that. The general public goes to whatever they recognize- like Grown Ups 2! I figure if the studios are going to keep being remake-happy then why not remake bad movies (and hopefully fix them!)? Better than screwing up good movies with remakes! Remember when there was going to be a remake of Casablanca with Ben Affleck and J-Lo? SHEESH!!!
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12:11PM on 07/29/2013
Personally, I loved THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, it gave me a whole new respect for Kutcher. I dug the premise and really enjoyed the flick. The sequels were on par with what one expects from direct to DVD fodder, but a remake...that's just some lazy, uninspired shit right there. Grow some balls and start flexing your imaginations again Hollywood, all this remake nonsense is seriously killing my movie buzz.
Personally, I loved THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, it gave me a whole new respect for Kutcher. I dug the premise and really enjoyed the flick. The sequels were on par with what one expects from direct to DVD fodder, but a remake...that's just some lazy, uninspired shit right there. Grow some balls and start flexing your imaginations again Hollywood, all this remake nonsense is seriously killing my movie buzz.
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9:47AM on 07/29/2013
I think the best way is drop the remake. However, make new movie but similar concept - instead of butterfly effect on changing personal lives - why not world event? Say, a guy change a major world event in the past which leads to an alternate future timeline that is very bleak or fu**ed up. I know it sounds similar to "Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox". I recently watched that movie and really like it.
I think the best way is drop the remake. However, make new movie but similar concept - instead of butterfly effect on changing personal lives - why not world event? Say, a guy change a major world event in the past which leads to an alternate future timeline that is very bleak or fu**ed up. I know it sounds similar to "Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox". I recently watched that movie and really like it.
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8:18AM on 07/29/2013
I don't think they should bother with a remake cause 1: The original still holds up strong today. 2: It's too damn early, give it another 10 years or something. I don't give a shit about this remake but am down with re-visiting the original.
I don't think they should bother with a remake cause 1: The original still holds up strong today. 2: It's too damn early, give it another 10 years or something. I don't give a shit about this remake but am down with re-visiting the original.
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