One of the many straight-to-DVD cash-in sequels that have been coming out at an increasing rate in recent years (though it did get a theatrical release in some countries), The Butterfly Effect 2 has virtually no connections to the 2004 original, except for a vague useless mention of that film’s events, and some common crew, mostly in the producing, casting and music departments.
Written by Michael D. Weiss (Journey To The Center Of The Earth 3D), The Butterfly Effect 2 pretty much follows the first film’s formula of a guy who discovers he has the power to alter his past and uses it to save the woman he loves and to try and make his life perfect.
The film stars Eric Lively (Live!, also Gossip Girl star Blake Lively’s older brother), Erica Durance (The CW’s Smallville), Dustin Milligan (The Messengers) and Gina Holden (Final Destination 3) among others and was directed by John R. Leonetti (Mortal Kombat: Annihilation). Trailer and review after the jump.
The Butterfly Effect 2 has been widely panned for having a very poor storyline, shoddy special effects and unlikable characters, all of which are not true. The effects I thought were rather good, if not entirely consistent with the original (less nosebleeding), and one must keep in mind that this film was a straight-to-DVD effort and thus had less than half the budget of the first movie.
As for the storyline, well it’s actually more logical than the original, since the screenwriter did away with that film’s “blackout concept”, which was very interesting but a source of numerous plot holes when you think about it. But it is true that the first Butterfly Effect‘s story was a lot darker, more suspenseful and that film had a much better atmosphere overall.
The Butterfly Effect 2 is not the awful movie some people make it out to be. The actors do a pretty good job and the overall product is definitely watchable. But by rehashing and dumbing down the first film’s content, it deprives itself of any surprise and originality, and the implications of the hero’s time travels are also a lot less interesting. The movie was successfull enough to warrant a sequel, and a theatrical one at that, as Butterfly Effect: Revelation will come out next year, boasting a rather more intriguing premise.
Verdict: Not as terrible as its reputation, but still inferior to its predecessor. The Butterfly Effect 2 currently holds a 4.4/10 on IMDB and isn’t rated on Rotten Tomatoes, though the sole review is positive.