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The Butterfly Effect - Preview



Preview by: Jack Foley

DARE we suggest it, but 2004 could be a very good year for Ashton Kutcher, for the star of throwaway films such as Just Married and Dude Where’s My Car?, who remains best known for being Demi Moore’s younger other half, is about to get serious.

Aside from a role in M Night Shyamalan’s upcoming The Village, he also appears (and executive produces) the supernatural psychological thriller, The Butterfly Effect, which is one of the more prominent films going into this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by Eric Bress and J Mackye Gruber, the film finds Kutcher as a young man (Evan Treborn) struggling to get over harmful memories from his childhood, who discovers a technique that allows him to travel back in time and occupy his childhood body, changing his history forever.

However, by doing so, he also discovers that every change he makes somehow alters his future.

The publicity on the Sundance website states that ‘there is something very fresh and inventive about the screenplay for The Butterfly Effect, an elaborately conceived, enacted, and directed independent feature by the screenwriting/directing team of Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber’.

"It manages - and this isn't easy - to create the necessary suspension of disbelief that blending realism, the supernatural, a psychological thriller, and interpersonal drama requires.

"But it also takes a somewhat weary idea - that events in the past affect the course of those in the present and future - and shapes a compelling, entertaining, and surprisingly unpredictable story that is gripping and engaging from start to finish."

Kutcher, himself, relished the opportunity to pursue other avenues in his career, having made the switch from the US TV hit, ‘That 70s Show’ to movies, but finding himself typecast in comedies.

He maintains: "I’ve always been interested in playing real people and doing dramatic roles. I just haven’t had the opportunity until now."

So, to prepare for his role, Kutcher studied psychology, particularly cases of people with disassociation disorder, which causes them to black out traumatic memories.

"I was interested in trying to learn what causes people to go into these remissive states, where they try to hide their feelings in order to avoid having to confront them, which is similar to what Evan does," says the actor.

As for the rest of the film itself, co-writer/director, J. Mackye Gruber feels that the story plugs in to a universal desire among human beings.

"Everybody, whether they admit it or not, has a day in their life that they would love to live over… And this movie poses some interesting questions about the effects of our actions – in both the past and the present."

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