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Donnie Darko 
Thought provoking, captivating, mesmerizing!
3/4 stars

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 to rewatch to grasp the finer nuances.


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Daniel Corleone

Daniel Corleone- wrote on 07/17/12 at 09:40 AM CT

 

Believe me, this gets better when viewed again. An underrated gem and one of my persona favorites. If you get the Directors Cut with the special features, they decipher some of the symbolism's and character of the film. ;-)

 
 
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