IMDb Top 250: #224 Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko (2001)

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.

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8 thoughts on “IMDb Top 250: #224 Donnie Darko

  1. I have seen this movie.It’s quite an interesting take on the physical aspects of your life and where and how your mind can manipulate you. It really bizarre movie.Very similar to the lines of Jeff Goldblum ” The fly”.

    • Too abstract for me in most situations. I actually like to be able to understand all aspects so I know what I’m dealing with. Both the time travel and the parallel universe theory are so ambiguous that it feels very hard to follow

      • Everyone’s tastes are different. For me, it was the time travel that absorbed me. I’m a sucker for being given hints without knowing it, to find it later. The first time I watched it, I just loved it for it’s weirdness. Now, I’ve watched it a zillion times and still pick up on things that I hadn’t before.

  2. Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion
    this film pissed me off at first because it was very cool but also very impenetrable. Then years later, by chance, I bought a newspaper with a free DVD of the director’s cut of Donnie Darko in. This is the movie you need to watch – it has excerpts of the time travel book interleaved between scenes. Makes much more sense with those in. Otherwise it’s like one of those selfish metaphorical poems that no one but the author understands, but which massive wankers pretend they understand to court favour.

    • I never said I fully understood the time travel or the Tangent Universe idea in the movie. I was just relating to his own inner conflict, with all his rage and all the people around him not even trying to understand what he is going’s through

      • No – big crossed wires here I think. I wasn’t criticising you or your review, just criticising how impenetrable the theatre edit of the film was. But the way I wrote it could be taken another way – not intentional I promise!

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