As Madonna reminded us all those years
ago we are living in a material world, and one where the hankering
for the almighty dollar often outweighs lesser considerations such
as, say, good taste.
In this spirit comes Butterfly
Effect 2, a straight to video attempt by New Line Cinema to cash
in on the markedly superior original. Released in 2006 and almost
universally ignored, the film revolves around four impossibly good
looking twenty-somethings on a camping trip. A subsequent accident
results in calamity, and it is left to Nick (Eric Lively) to save
the day with a spate of time travel adventures.
Butterfly Effect 2 isnít a
completely terrible film, but it does lack the urgency and
immediacy of the original from which it shamelessly borrows.
Whereas Ashton Kutcherís Evan Treborn travelled back in time to save
his best friend ending up a prostitute or to prevent another friend
being institutionalised, at one point Nick goes back in time in
order to ensure he gets promoted ahead of a rival colleague. Lively
is a likable lead and a strong actor, as are most of the ensemble
cast, but his motivations do occasionally seem a little mercenary,
and ultimately serve to keep the viewer at arms length.
As ever the Blu-ray transfer is
flawless, but the disc itself is very much a bare bones affair, with
not so much as a special feature in sight. This is perhaps
irrelevant considering one reviewer described the film itself,
perhaps with a hint of truth, as Ďa stagnant pool of muck.í
Butterfly Effect 2 does have its moments and the opening half
hour is promising enough, but the film fails to hit its mark
consistently and is, ultimately, a pale imitation of the 2004