Donnie Darko is a 2001 science fiction film written and directed by Richard Kelly. The film received positive reviews from both audiences and critics alike and soon developed a cult in the following. The movie gained an 8.1 on IMDB and an 85% on rotten tomatoes.
The story revolves around a troubled teenager Donnie Darko, who is played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Donnie has been to jail, gets in fights with his family and teachers and has to see a therapist.
On the night of October 2nd, 1988, Donnie is lured outside by a voice he hears. Outside, he sees that the voice belonged to a giant rabbit. He tells Donnie that the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. Moments later, a jet engine crashes into Donnie’s bedroom, completely destroying it.
Donnie: How can you do that?
Frank: I can do anything I want. And so can you.
After this event, Donnie is continually plagued by visions of this giant rabbit called Frank, which manipulates him into doing a variety of misdeeds. We also see Donnie deal with his first love, Gretchen (Jena Malone), vent about his visions and ideals to his physiatrist and the exhibitions of his sister, Samantha’s (Daveigh Chase) dance group.
I, for one, enjoyed the movie. Jake Gyllenhaal delivers a brilliant performance as Donnie. Also, the movie was refreshingly different and new. In an age where adaptations and sequels dominate the box office, watching this film was like taking in a deep breath of fresh air.
However, like all things the film has some flaws as well. I think the movie gets too complicated at times and makes it hard for the viewer to follow. This is especially true for the ending. The viewer will have to give his or her full attention to the script and be constantly alert. The ending itself has sparked forth a variety of theories and is debated about even today.
The movie over time has gained immense popularity and gathered a loyal and dedicated fan base. After watching the movie I could understand why. With commending acting (especially from Jake Glyenhall), a brilliant soundtrack and an intriguing plot, I would highly recommend this movie to any movie lover.