” A robin redbreast in a cage/Puts all heaven in a rage.” – William Blake. Blake in his poem Auguries of Innocence beautifully captured the essence of what Edward Lorenz tried to explain when he tried to show the correlation between the details of a tornado forming and a butterfly flapping its wings. To put it simply, the phenomenon deals with significantly different outcomes that can take place due to seemingly small alterations in initial circumstances. The theory itself is fascinating and it comes as no surprise that plenty of filmmakers decided to explore just how a butterfly effect would play out in the lives of the characters. If you are ever having trouble figuring out what the butterfly effect is, or if you ever feel that you are in complete control of your life, we suggest you watch these films similar to The Butterfly Effect that we recommend. You can watch some of these movies like The Butterfly Effect on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. The Jacket (2005)
This psychological thriller starts with the butterfly effect theory as Adrian Brody’s character, war vet Jack Starks hitches a ride with a mysterious stranger only to find himself lying next to a dead cop and being charged with murder. However, as the plot progresses, the butterfly theory mutates into a spectacle of time travel as Jack is committed to a mental facility and put on experimental drugs to try and help him. Consequently, these drugs give him the power to travel to the future and he reacquaints himself with Keira Knightley’s character – Jackie. The movie hints at how time travel might change the consequences of the butterfly effect as Jack manages to prevent Jackie’s mother’s death by sending her a letter about how she orphans Jackie and consequently turns Jackie’s life around. The woman who would go on to become a low paid waitress after being orphaned is instead a nurse since her mother is alive. A finely made film that explores various avenues of chance through the scope of science fiction, this movie definitely deserves a watch.
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9. Frequency (2000)
This science fiction thriller directed by Gregory Hoblit follows the story of a firefighter and his son who accidentally manage to communicate through time and unleash a butterfly effect. The son John and the father Frank communicate thirty years in time during an aurora borealis. John warns his father of an impending warehouse accident where he dies in John’s timeline. Frank saves himself but an alternate timeline is created by this act – a timeline where Frank dies of lung cancer and John’s mother is murdered by a serial killer. The rest of the movie revolves around the father-son duo trying to stop and catch the serial killer respectively in their own timelines. However, the climax sees another timeline being created by the serial killer being shot by Frank. A timeline where the family is alive and well and wealthy (having invested in Yahoo!) and Frank and John enjoy a baseball game in 1999 where Frank is still alive since he quit smoking a long time back.