Butterfly on a Wheel (2007, Child Kidnap Thriller) – 3/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Mike Barker
Pierce Brosnan: Tom Ryan
Gerard Butler: Neil Randall
Maria Bello: Abby Randall
Claudette Mink: Judy Ryan
Nicholas Lea: Jerry Crane
Producer: William Vince
Producer: William Morrissey
Producer: Pierce Brosnan
Writer: William Morrissey

Butterfly on a Wheel (2007)

Happily married Neil and Abby Randall are put to ultimate test when their daughter Sophie is kidnapped and they are forced to make huge sacrifices in order to see her again.


This is a film which tries to ask the question ‘how far would you go to save someone you love?’ (and turns out, unsurprisingly, SPOILER to have an anti-adultery message ‘twist’) but embeds it in a set of really stupid actions that do not resonate with or convince anyone who does loves someone, i.e., the entire population of the world. On top of the transparently ridiculous story, the acting from Gerard Butler and Maria Bello is bland and unconvincing while Pierce Brosnan is merely adequate and manages to avoid delivering menace or charm with his bad guy.

This movie contains a couple of sexual swear words, brief strong adult dialogue and violence.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


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