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Butterfly Effect, The - Where Do These Journals Come From?
The slip-up I found is in one of the last scenes, when Lenny and Evan burn Evan's stuff.
First of all something important to know, to understand why (I think) there is a Slip-up.:
If you have seen the movie, you should know that Evan got his blackouts because of himself, returning to the same point later. You should also know that he started the journals because of his blackouts.
So now to the Slip-up.
In the ending, he hides under a desk and watches the movie his mother made in his childhood, where he meets Kayleigh the first time. When he "goes beck" and says something like "I never want to see you again or I kill you and your family, we get to know that they never see each other again(just forget about the last scene for a moment), so they never were togeter in the Millers house, blowing up the mailbox or fighting on the junkyard.
It get's a bit complicated now, but it's reasonable, if you think about it.
After that, Evan never had to change his life. He never had to go back , so he never actually got Blackouts. Because the blackouts were caused by him going back, and he never had to go back, he never got any blackouts further in his life.
SO: He never had a reason to start a Journal.
And NOW to the real slip-up:
In one of the last scenes, you see Evan and Lenny burning things from his past. There are films and photograps, BUT there are also jornals. Where do they come from? He never had to start them.
It's a bit complicated, as I mentioned earlier, but if you think about it, it's true.
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Comments:
lara writes:
I understand what you're saying but you have to think about what a difficult subject time travel is. There are so many what ifs with time travel that writing an interesting movie on it that the larger part of the population could understand without including some things that may stretch the truth a little would be nearly impossible. We have to give the writer a break; I thought it was a great movie regardless of a few slip ups caused by the complexities of time travel.
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Phreak writes:
This is the time travel problematic. However, I think that it wasn't time travel, but a "re-living" of events, which is why he slowly lapsed into insanity.
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sykovirgo writes:
MAYBE Evan just felt like starting to write journals and kept up with them throughout his life. But he remembers bad things happening every time he used them to go back in time (even though they were the journals that he wrote when he knew Kayleigh), so he decides to burn them just in case he one day gets the temptation to change something again. The same goes for the movies and pictures. He realized that his father used pictures to go back, and Evan himself used a home movie, so he's just taking preventative measures and destroying everything that he believes will possibly allow him to go back in time.
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nomad762 writes:
That's one interpretation. However, you're assuming that the blackouts were CAUSED by the time jump. Another interpretation is that the blackouts were caused by something else, but by writing about them it later allowed him to focus his energies on that point in time. In that case, even after changing things he still would have had the blackouts & written the journals.
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riverdealer@yahoo.com writes:
i beleive those were his memories changing as they had earlier in the movie, since he had memories of the before and after changes, in his life, so this flash back was just a rush of all memories at once
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