I have to admit I was surprised when I saw Ashton Kutcher handling a serious role on the big screen. I thought it was a good movie when it first came out, but then I saw the director's cut. At that moment, I realized what The Butterfly Effect really was. It was a morality tale. It explores the desire of a character to play God to create the perfect world for himself, but only to see it fall apart as events he could not fathom wreak havoc on every change he makes. While the theatrical version chickens out with a message of hope, the director's cut is just plain chilling. I personally thought this was an example of good sci-fi that I felt the genre has been missing. There were some obvious plot holes, but what film in the genre doesn't have them? Once you look past the plot holes, the story is quite compelling. It makes you ask a single question. If you could play God, would you?