The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations (2009)
By: J.R. McNamara on September 15, 2009  | 
DVD
Icon (Australia). Region 2 & 4, PAL. 1.85:1 (16:9 enhanced). English DD 5.1, English DTS 5.1. English Subtitles. 86 minutes
The Movie
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Credits
Director: Seth Grossman
Starring: Chris Carmack, Rachel Miner, Melissa Jones, Kevin Yon
Screenplay: Holly Brix
Country: USA
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Direct to video/DVD productions are either the greatest thing on the planet, or the scourge of humanity. You expect the worst, because if it were a GOOD film, it would have played at the cinema, but when it does end up being entertaining, you feel like you got a bargain. Thankfully The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations can feel a little smug, as it isn't such a bad film at all.
 
Now just to bring some of you up to speed, I will give the butterfly effect a small explanation. Basically, The Butterfly Effect suggests that any tiny action, can have a tumultuous reaction elsewhere: the example is that the fluttering of a butterfly's wings in one part of the world, can alter weather conditions in another. The name The Butterfly Effect is also used in time travel theory, suggesting that going back in time and changing one minor event, can drastically alter the future: Ray Bradbury's A Sound Of Thunder short story is a great example of this kind of idea, but read the story...DON'T see the film: you have been warned!!!
 
This film, The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations has nothing to do with the previous two entries in the series, but again features the idea of altering the past and effecting the future.
 
This film introduces us to Sam (Chris Carmack) who has the ability to travel through time, by lowering his body temperature and meditating on a particular time or event. He uses his ability to assist the police in their investigations, but only reveals himself as a psychic rather than a time traveller. He is assisted in his travels by his sister, Jenna (Rachel Miner) who helps regulate bodily functions, and whom is somewhat of a shut-in due to a horrible event in their past. As teens, the siblings were in a house fire, where initially, Jenna died. Sam used his powers to save Jenna, but at a disastrous cost: the death of his previously surviving parents. After this event, Sam swore NEVER to interfere in events again, only to observe, and report to the police what he found.
 
One night, the sister of an old girlfriend of Sam's, Elizabeth (Sarah Habel), comes to visit Sam. She reveals to him that the the guy accused of murdering his girlfriend, Lonnie (Richard Wilkinson) is to be executed at the end of the week, but she suspects he wasn't actually the murderer, and asks him if he can use his 'gift' to find the real killer.
 
Initially, Sam declines, but after being haunted by images of Rebecca (Mia Serafino) he agrees, and starts on a series of time trips where every time he returns, he has screwed up his future a little more, and more and murders have taken place....until it seems that he, himself is actually the killer, now nicknamed 'The Pontiac Killer'. Can he prove that it isn't him, or will doing so make him guilty? Or is all the time travels just making him insane?
 
Watch and find out. 
 
This film was directed by Seth Grossman and written by Holly Brix, and is quite a good little film. Mixing time travel with a serial killer mystery is a lot of fun, and the acting is competent, the script is clever and it's good 'n' gory. The ability of both director and writer to keep the viewer second guessing the killer's identity was much appreciated, and while the reveal was a little out of left field, it wasn't one where it was complete nonsense.
 
If I had to be a real nit-picker, I'd have to say occasionally the hand held camera work becomes a little annoying, but I assume it was to add empathy to Sam's disorientation after a time jump. Also the epilogue feels tacked on and daft, and produced a 'Huh?' from me.
 
Special mention has to go to the incredible Melissa Jones, who plays Vicki, a one-night stand of Sam's. This woman has an incredible body and it is used to great effect in a marvelously shot sex scene: a nice rack and a glass topped table go together quite nicely thank you very much (once you see it, you'll know what I mean).
Video
This film is presented in a crystal clear 16x9 enhanced 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
Audio
The sound in this film is solid, presented in Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1.
Extra Features
The only extra on this disc is a trailer for Mary and Max.
The Verdict
I liked it and I would definitely recommend it. I will say though that maybe, with it being direct to DVD, that my expectations were low, which caused my resulting enjoyment to be a touch greater than what it should have been.
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