Butterfly Effect 3Lionsgate
2009
R

“Brilliant. Yeah, okay. Thought you were gonna say sexy. But hey, that’s okay. No problem. Still gonna have a good day.”

Sam has an extraordinary talent: the ability to travel through time. He can use his gift to help the police solve cases. But he must never intervene with the past as it could alter the present in horrible ways. When a woman from Sam’s past begs him to help find her sister’s killer, Sam breaks his own rule…and all hell breaks loose.

So, I’ve reviewed the first Butterfly Effect, and now it seems I’m skipping over the second movie all together to the third in the so-called “trilogy”, making your brain throb trying to figure out the logic behind it. Or, worse, you’re desperately searching for the elusive “lost” review of Butterfly Effect 2, and finding it a fool’s errand. Don’t worry; I haven’t reviewed the second Butterfly Effect movie, and I have no plan on doing so in the immediate future. Or the far-off future, as a matter of fact. I never considered The Butterfly Effect to be a movie in need of a franchise; like The Matrix or Back To The Future, one-and-done would have suited me just find. So I never really bothered with the sequels…until it turned out the third in the series–Revelations–was included in the third instalment of the After Dark Horrorfest series in 2008. And since it’s been kind of a hobby of mine to watch all of the movies in the After Dark collection, I had to watch it. Not to say I haven’t tried to put it off for as long as I could, mind you.

So, this guy named Sam Reide seems to have the same ability that Ashton Kutcher had back in the first film, to whisk himself back in time during his own time line. Only, instead of using it to mess up his own time line, he goes back in time to merely observe crimes being committed, take notes, and bring these details back to the police to help them find perpetrators of the crime. He uses the extra cash to pay the rent on his reclusive sister’s apartment and buy her groceries. Everything’s fine…until he’s visited by the sister of his former girlfriend, who was murdered some time ago, to find the killer responsible for her slaying. He refuses at first, but because it would have been a very short movie, he decides to go ahead and find out. Only, things don’t go as planned, things changed, and next thing you know, his present time line starts to not resemble what it originally was. And of course, his attempts at fixing things makes things even worse. As it turns out, he’s not the only one who can jump, and it just may be that Sam had a hand in creating one of the more terrifying serial killers to stalk Detroit.

Again, I have to ask, why did they feel the need to shoehorn this movie with The Butterfly Effect? It’s not really taking the “jumping time travel” mechanics of the first one, just kind of laxing the rules to suit the story. I was, however, engaged with the storyline; despite being a bit derivative, it did try to give a different spin to it, adding in the aspect of having your good deeds creating the evil that you’re trying to fight against.

Overall, The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations didn’t suck as I expected, and it did try to be its own movie instead of rehashing the plot of the first movie. It’s worth a look, I would say. It could have been much, much worse.

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