Director: Richard Kelly
Writer: Richard Kelly
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.
This is one crazy, weird movie. I think that this is the closest thing to taking drugs without actually taking drugs. It’s something of a mystery how I could watch until the end.
Donald “Donnie” Darko is a troubled teenager who is saved by a strange vision of a dark rabbit at the last minute. After that, a strange series of events start to unfold, with the dark rabbit making Donnie do strange things, feeling as if he is under complete control without having the power to say no. As the story unfolds, a series of unusual events start to occur, without a proper way of explaining them. The more Donnie looks for answers, the more the mystery deepens, leading him to question his own sanity.
To be frank, this is a hard movie to swallow. It is bizarre, complex, with elements of the supernatural at all corners. But most of all, this is a film about a boy who can’t find his place in the world. He is very smart with a good heart, but emotionally unstable. He cannot accept something just because someone tells him to and always looks for a deeper meaning to life. All of the rage comes from the fact that he is misunderstood. I think that this is the curse of every genius. People hate and condemn whatever they cannot understand.
I won’t advise anyone to see this movie. It’s up to you. I, for one, didn’t quite like it because I couldn’t understand all of physical phenomena in the movie. But if someone likes the physical mystery unsolved, than it could be a good experience.