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Science Fiction - Donnie Darko

Buy Donnie Darko
Jake Gyllenhaal, Holmes Osborne, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daveigh Chase, Mary McDonnell
Director: Richard Kelly
Number of discs: 1
Rated R (for language and disturbing subject matter)
Studio: 20th Century Fox
DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
Run Time: 113 minutes

Who is Donnie Darko?

It is a simple question without an answer even from the movie of the same name. Donnie Darko is the creation of Richard Kelly who penned and directed this entrancing freshman effort. The Donnie Darko site is still up and running on the Internet at www.donniedarko.com which in itself is a testament to the number of people who feel that this was an important film.

Donnie Darko is a disturbed teenage boy who is taking medication for some unspecified mental or emotional disturbance which has occurred sometime in the unspecified past. Donnie is angry in the teen way of being just angry not at anything specific but at a generalized everything and at the same time he is very smart with test scores his principle refers to as “intimidating”.

Donnie’s life is saved by an evil looking giant rabbit who after saving Donnie directs him to commit a series of crimes. These crimes all serve a greater purpose which ultimately reveals a very dark side of the town. At the same time Donnie starts to be able to see the future, or rather projections into the future.

Is what we are seeing all hallucinations of a teenage psychotic? Is Donnie’s refreshingly disarming embrace of his own “emotional problems” part of a rich fantasy life? It is all very complicated yet not so complicated that it cannot be followed. This is a rich and fulfilling story that ultimately rests on Donnie believing the best of himself and those around him. This is an intelligent and though provoking story.

Donnie Darko would be a sound addition to the DVD library of any movie fan.

Denis Bernicky

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