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Butterfly On A Wheel

Mike Barker    DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Mike Barker
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005WX8QQU


Pierce Brosnan and Maria Bello star in this tense thriller about a couple whose daughter goes missing. Bello plays the grieving mother alongside Gerard Butler. Brosnan appears as a mysterious gunman who tortures his victims through a series of sadistic mind games.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated Gem. 16 Oct 2009
I watched this movie when I had nothing better to do. Because I had never heard of it and usually most people don't bother with a movie they have'nt heard of before because you automatically assume it's a dud but boy was i surprised! I loved this film so much I am buying it on Bluray! The acting was superb (IMO) and the plot was filled with so many twists and turns I was literally on the edge of my seat from the moment it started. The ending was brilliant - I never saw it coming! Thats what really makes the movie for me - the ending. It's so brilliant in it's unexpectedness (if there was ever such a word?) that it had a "Sixth Sense" ring to it. Pierce plays a good "baddie" IMO. He should play these roles more often. Great film, watch it for yourself - don't be discouraged by negative reviews. It's a good movie!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars so close to making the 5 star! 4 Nov 2008
What a brilliant film. I watched this last night and I have to say this film had so many twists that I was literally chained to my seat. The great thing about this movie is that just when you start to feel sympathy for one character another twist appears which makes you totally change your mind. I never so the end scene coming, and that is the mark of a great film ith some brilliant actors, I really recommend it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller 13 Aug 2009
I wasn't expecting much from this film when I started watching it, but it's very well paced and had me interested right from the start. It's a fairly run of the mill thriller, but it's very well executed. The twists and turns come along at just the right time to keep the viewer interested. Pierce Brosnan, Gerard Butler and Maria Bello all carry out their parts very well. There are a few moments that require a suspension of disbelief, but ultimately this film succeeds because it keeps the viewer asking questions right to the end.
Not a bad way to spend 90 minutes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent, well acted thriller 15 Feb 2010
By Vinman666 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
As an entry into the 'decent family menaced by kidnapper' canon, this is a well acted psychological thriller. Brosnan, Butler and Bello are the focus of the movie, other actors providing little more than cameos. Pierce Brosnan's character provides the requisite menace without resorting to eye-rolling psychopath, while Maria Bello and Gerard Butler are an effective couple-on-the-edge. Any more of the plot will give too much away but this is a largely character-driven film, the tension coming from the performances rather than any crash bang action sequences.

The story moves along quickly and effectively and probably suits the small screen better than the cinema. It's one of those thrillers where knowing the ending will probably reduce the number of repeat viewings though, unlike something like The Sixth Sense where the journey was as much fun as the destination, in this case there are few stand-out scenes to re-enjoy.

Much of the film takes part at night and the Blu-ray retains good shadow detail. Picture quality is generally good but this isn't the type of film to marvel at scenery or SFX so would be just as enjoyable on DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for 90 minutes! 12 Mar 2009
This is a very easy, fairly watchable thriller. Some of the acting is a bit hammy, (especially from Pierce Brosnan) and you can guess most of the twists too, but the concept is quite clever and at 90 minutes it's a decent no brainer for a DVD night in!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars strange title, strange film 26 Jun 2008
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I quite liked this film. But only 'quite'! I tried to work out what was missing from the film to make it a top notch thriller. In fact, apart from the leading lady, who plays her part very well, the remainder of the cast are either half-hearted (Brosnan) or OTT (Butler).

The film does grip in parts but the pressure on the family of the kidnapped daughter is not really maintained and I think it's this which lets down the 'thriller' aspect. (I also dislike intensely poor editing - even a Range Rover, after hitting a wall would surely have a little damage and why weren't the air-bags released?) Picky? Probably but these days, we expect accuracy from our films.

I think Brosnan should have kept on with Bond (though now we have a new one, I wouldn't change back!) and Butler should stick to being superficial and smarmy.

If anyone wants my copy, let me know. It's not a film you can watch more than once but, in my view, you wouldn't want to, anyway. I gave it three stars because I'd just watched 'Next' and it's way better than that film!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well acted, surprising ending but not gripping 30 Jan 2012
By Bunty
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Well acted - in particular by Pierce Brosnan, who plays the baddie role which shows his versatlie acting ability and well shot.
Excellent plot which sadly fails to deliver it's full potential as the characters aren't particulary likeable.
I enjoyed watching the film but wasn't fully absorbed and found myself not really caring what happened to the characters.
The ending is a surprising twist and this is easy viewing for a rainy Sunday afternoon but don't expect to be gripped.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one to watch 29 Sep 2011
i am writting this to tell anyone who wants to watch a fast action mind blowing film this it .all 3 of the main actors are just great they work so well each in a role that has you on the edge of your seat all the way its like riding a rollercoaster for the whole film .from start to finish gripping with a capital G a must for any movie fans .please please please take the time to see this at least once but twice will be better enjoy
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4.0 out of 5 stars TORTUOUS THRILLER
Published 2 months ago by B. M. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This film is very much like Taken and has Gerard butler in who plays a very good part; the film captures your attention from the very beginning and there is a twist at the end... Read more
Published 3 months ago by lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars Butterfly On A Wheel [DVD]
this Butterfly On A Wheel [DVD] arrived in good timing, good condition, perfect and it is an enjoyable movie, I have recommended it.
Published 3 months ago by Maria Helena Masheter
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice twist to this film.
I'm not even going to explain the plot in this film, all I am going to say is that it is a really great film !! Read more
Published 3 months ago by F G F Sweet
4.0 out of 5 stars B-utterly entertaining!
Having seen this movie on television, I thought I'd invest in the DVD as its enjoyable and intriguing - and I knew my girlfriend would enjoy it! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Beanee
5.0 out of 5 stars Good price and great movie
This movie really gets you thinking, it really engages with you and makes you replay it after it has finished. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Books2read
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced thriller.
A great thriller that twists & turns its way to an explosive ending I did not see coming. Butler & Bello were fantastic as the couple forced into a game of cat & mouse when their... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lorna
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius!!
This is a must see, the least you know about the storyline, the better!!
It was also a fantastic price.
Published 10 months ago by Mayah
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent thriller.
Really liked this film. I have loaned it out to family and friends and they all enjoyed it too. Makes a change seeing Mr Brosnan as a bit of a baddy!
Published 10 months ago by valerie
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly good
And just when you think you had it all figured out this movie surprise you! Truly a good watch if you like a thriller
Published 10 months ago by Vampire Bookaholic
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