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Fan Friday: Donnie Darko
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Thursday, 01 October 2009 15:24

Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko was a launchpad for the Gyllenhaals... you know Jake and Maggie. Writer-director Richard Kelly created one of the most haunting mystery, sci-fi, fantasy films of the decade and possibly ever... weaving time travel, psychological trauma and teenage angst into a story set in the '80s. The dreamy Donnie Darko tale set in motion a chilling, sometimes disturbing, exploration of waking dreams and left in its trail a philosophical minefield.

The movie was not a fading trend, but has continued its reign in IMDB's Top 250 films by user consensus on a score of 8.3. This rating is testament to the film's enchanting power and mesmerising imagery, discarding its low budget and making the most of its cameo performances from Drew Barrymore and the late Patrick Swayze. Donnie Darko even inspired a half-ass sequel known as S. Darko, returning to Samantha Darko years later on a road trip.

The film connects several philosophies and diverging story lines with solid performances, all the while its surreal atmosphere consuming minute after minute with nostalgic '80s music, most notably Gary Jules' rendition of Tears for Fears' Mad World in the closing credits. Its been described as a mixture between Harvey and The Mothman Prophecies with a 6ft rabbit named Frank visiting Donnie in his dreams like a dark angel with a warning. Donnie Darko may not be for everyone, but its mesmerising tale, dream-like direction and solid moody performances have made it an iconic cult masterpiece.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 22 October 2009 10:53