Also, possibly some spoilers.
In this movie, Ashton Kutcher plays a guy who can travel back to become himself in his past to change events, but the events always seem to end up worse than the initial event caused him to end up. Most people on this board are probably familiar with one scene in particular where Kutcher's character travels back to himself as a boy to confront a pedophile.
This scene is triggering, and riveting. In the scene, he tells the guy off. He also tells the guy to stop abusing his son. The scene, as I remember it, then pans out to show the guy's son at the top of the stairway, around the corner, listening.
Of course, this is a classic case of a situation where the only attention a boy got was abusive. After this scene, the boy becomes very abusive, and he tries to enact revenge on Kutcher's character.
When I watched this movie several years ago, I was heavily triggered by this scene without knowing it. It was on several different levels. Now, when I think about the scene and its aftermath, I am triggered in a different way.
I think of my mother. She was a sickly child in an abusive family. No one wanted to touch her, and as a result, she felt jealous of the abuse all of the other children were getting. She vowed to treat her kids differently when she grew up. The problem was, she viewed the abuse as a healthy way to treat a child, and the abuse ended up perpetuating.
Of all of the movies I've watched over the years, The Butterfly Effect has had the most accurate portrayal of abuse and its after effects, even if it is only a minor subplot in the movie. Overall, it is an outstanding film. As easily as I'm triggered these days, it's one I don't dare watch again.
Edited by BJK (12/01/07 02:29 PM)
Revenge is nothing more than another way of perpetuating abuse.
What the world needs now
Is some new words of wisdom
Like la la la la la la la la la.
Having a friend who will keep a secret for you is worthless compared to a friend who won't keep a secret from you.