Donnie Darko

Film , Fantasy
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Donnie Darko

This flawed but promising debut from writer/director Kelly is like The Ice Storm with a surreal psychological twist. It's 1988, and the title character (Gyllenhaal) is a moody adolescent in small town America. After a near fatal incident in which a jet engine falls on his house, Donnie suffers schizophrenic hallucinations of a spooky figure warning of imminent apocalypse. Kelly's script is an over-ambitious mess, dragging in time travel, high school politics, premonition and the presidential chances of Michael Dukakis, but his assured direction compensates. The tone alternates nimbly between comedy and horror, and two early sequences combine music (Echo and the Bunnymen's 'Killing Moon' and Tears for Fears) and image to stunning effect.

Release details

Duration: 113 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Richard Kelly
Screenwriter: Richard Kelly
Cast: Noah Wyle
Katharine Ross
Drew Barrymore
Jake Gyllenhaal
Patrick Swayze
Mary McDonnell
James Duval
Holmes Osborne
Jena Malone

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Adam N

Watching this film will put you in a hypnotic, dream like state. It's completely surreal, filled with great concepts (love what I'm going to call the 'future tubes') and will properly screw with your head. Do NOT watch the sequels.

Thomas F

I'll get straight to the point. Donnie Darko is my favourite movie.

For several reasons.

The usual suspects first: amazing and diverse acting, beautiful pictures and camera work, a clear sense that a massive amount of work has gone into this piece (director Richard Kelly was only 25 when he wrote it; it was the first script he wrote), and that it was created with quality as its prime purpose.

Then there is the plot. You will never have seen something quite like that. It is one big puzzle mixing genres as diverse as drama, horror and science fiction. You will need to watch this movie twice to even get a chance to scratch the surface and realise of beautifully and tightly intertwined all its components are. And you should definitely go over internet content to get familiar with the explanations of the plot anyone would struggle to understand by just watching the movie – there are many dedicated sites and videos on Youtube to that effect.

To get the full depth of the movie, one should watch the directors’ cut version. Deleted scenes are also worth checking out if you get you hand on the disc of the movie.

Magmabulle

The director has created a fascinating atmosphere, full of feeling, that keeps you at the edge of your seat throughout the entire movie. Great acting, fantastic soundtrack - simply a surrealistic masterpiece.

Magmabulle

The director has created a fascinating atmosphere, full of feeling, that keeps you at the edge of your seat throughout the entire movie. Great acting, fantastic soundtrack - simply a surrealistic masterpiece.