The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber, The Butterfly Effect centers on Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher), a college student afflicted with headaches so painful that he frequently blacks out. While unconscious, Evan can travel back in time to difficult moments in his childhood. He can also alter the past, but changing the past can drastically modify the present and put Evan in nightmarish alternate realities. While the premise is intriguing, the film tries to be too visceral that it just comes out as being repugnant.
Ugly images dominate the film, but it is somehow redeemed by its fairly upbeat ending, at least in the director’s cut. Unlike the theatrical ending that goes for a more serious tone, the director’s cut embraces the movie’s ridiculousness. Without spoiling too much, the director’s cut concludes with Evan traveling back in time to when he was a fetus and strangling himself with his own umbilical cord.