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Donnie Darko (2001) Movie Information

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Richard Kelly


Jake Gyllenhaal
Jena Malone
Patrick Swayze
Mary McDonnell
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Drew Barrymore





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A movie of a teenage boy who sees an imaginary six foot tall bunny rabbit who tells him when the world is going to end.

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Kaileigh 10/05/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I am crazy about this movie. The concept is fantastic, and it took me a couple of times to sort of understand the movie. I often read that this movie is overrated, but the devotion around this movie is completely warranted. It also deals with content such as insanity and an afterlife. A thought provoking film that I found absolutely incredible.

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mitchellyoung 12/28/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The film lost some of its significance for me when it became clear that director Richard Kelly wasn't as on top of his universe as many believed him to be. However, the film still holds great visual power and interesting thematic content dealing with the afterlife, destiny, and social convention. It's trippy, funny, and often very sweet, but overall, the mystery of Donnie Darko and its elusive meaning is what gives the film its allure.

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Danny 06/10/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Afilm that leaves you talking / thinking long after you've finished watching it... Brilliant. If you need more explained as you watch, seek out the Director's Cut version (personally, I don't think it's as good at the theatrical version though...).

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08/20/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Mind. Blown.

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You know when a movie comes along that makes your jaw drop in the ending because you finally understand what you've been struggling to understand the whole movie?
Yeah, Donnie Darko is one of those movies.

Richard Kelly should make films more often. I know his last effort 'The Box' was not a large success, but I think he is an amazing screenwriter and director.
I loved everything about Donnie Darko. Its immature humor, its time travel, its characters, its cinematography, its acting, everything.
There's not a single loose end in this film, I simply watched everything fall into place exactly as I wanted it to. And it makes sense! The laws of physics and time travel can be confusing in other films, but here it's clear.
I really wish this film had been nominated fo...

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07/15/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Thought provoking, captivating, mesmerizing!

A dysfunctional teenager (Jake Gyllenhaal) escapes a freak accident (an airline turbo-jet crashing down on his room) and is plagued with visions about a giant bunny named Frank who persuades him to commit crimes and tells him that in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds the world will end. The film is so ambiguous that one must make his or her own mind up as to the film's proper interpretation.

Jake Gyllenhall, is great in the titlular role, at times creepy, evil, heroic, psychotic, hypnotic, confused, introspective and so on. Also starring Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Seth Rogen and Noah Wyle. And of course the music is fantastic. This film made Gary Jules famous for classic "It's a mad world" song.

A thought-provoking movie that I will no doubt have ...

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02/23/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Donnie Darko" by Yojimbo

Emotionally disturbed high school student Donnie Darko narrowly avoids death when a six foot rabbit called Frank lures him from his bedroom and tells him that the world is going to end in 28 days. Donnie Darko is one of those films that deeply divides its audience as it is most definitely not for everyone, leaving much of what occurs open to the viewer's own interpretation. My own personal spin is that it is the anti-Capra; "It's A Miserable Life" if you will. Donnie is given a snapshot into the what the world would be like if he continued to be in it, and he doesn't like what he sees. A dark fantasy that makes Tim Burton's visions look like Mary Poppins, it's Back To The Future made by David Lynch. It was the film that catapulted an intense Jake Gillenhaal to stardom as well as revitalis...

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