REVIEW SUMMARY: Michael Kelso can change history by reading his journals.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A young man learns that he can change traumatic events from his childhood by reading the journals he kept from those periods. Through his various attempts to change the past, he learns that (surprise) changing the past can have dangerous repercussions in the future.
PROS: It was interesting to see the various permutations of historical changes, though some of them made no sense to me; the movie wrapped itself up in a nice neat bundle at the end – no loose ends
CONS: Ashton Kutcher and serious acting are two things that don’t mix well – I don’t mind him in That 70’s show because he’s supposed to play the part of the dolt, but I’d put Daffy Duck in a dramatic role before putting Ashton “Dude, Where’s My Car” Kuthcer in another serious film.
BOTTOM LINE: 2 hours of my life – gone. If I could change history, the first thing I’d do is go get that two hours back.
** Minor spoilers follow **
Ashton Kutcher plays Even Treborn, a boy/young man with the ability to change history by reading his journals. Apparently as he reads the words of his journal, he’s transported back to the time he’s reading about. Even though he’s the age he was when the journal entry was made, he has knowledgeof everything that’s happened to the time he was reading the journal, and mental maturity of a yound adult. That was problem #1.
After he tweaks the piece of history that he wants, he suddenly “wakes up” as a young adult again, apparently at about the same time as when he was reading the journal before the tweak. Problem #2 – what is he waking up from?
And problem #3 – after he wakes up, he seems to have memories of past history tweaks, even though the movie makes a point of showing those memories being erased.
It could be that I’m too dense to understand the intricacies of time travel and changing history – this is just one man’s opinion.
I’m giving it 2.5 stars because it kept me interested enough to see how it was going to turn out, and I think the ending was satisfactory. Just don’t think very hard about it. Maybe I’m being a little harsh. Maybe I’m getting too old and grumpy and critical. After all, I was a teenager once and saw my share of goofy movies (I remember sneaking into the theater to see Porky’s when my friends were old enough to drive.) And I’m apparently in the minority on this movie as it got an average rating of 7.5/10 on IMDB, and one reviewer actually called it a “Must See Film”.