Donnie Darko (2001)

R   |    |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi


Donnie Darko (2001) Poster

After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.


8/10
726,944

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


22 April 2005 | mstomaso
9
| compelling, eerie, intense, haunting, evocative, potent, sad, heroic
Being an angst-ridden teenager has never been easy, especially when you can see what's down the road, and it looks a lot like the end of your world.

Writer and Director Richard Kelly is an artist whose films I will anticipate and Jake Gyllenhaal is truly remarkable among a very rich cast. He plays a troubled young man with a brilliant intellect and a vast imagination, struggling with the boredom of standard education, and a society afraid of its own shadow (e.g. contemporary America). An imaginary friend, Frank - a seven foot tall metal-headed skull-faced demon-rabbit saves his life by removing him from the the scene of a catastrophe just before it occurs, only to lead him down an alternative path to an even more terrible oblivion complete with forecasts of doom, psychiatrists, and self-help charlatans.

This film feels as creepy as any well-made ghost story I have ever seen, yet redefines the genre of supernatural storytelling in a very unique and original way.

Donnie Darko is a film about heroism and sacrifice, decorated with disturbing imagery, the horror of everyday life, and a soundtrack reminiscent of Lynch's best. It is also a film worthy of several viewings and at least as many varied interpretations.

I can not honestly recommend this to anybody who attends films for the pure sake of entertainment. Nor can I recommend it to people who need straight answers or have limited attention spans. It's art, and does not need to provide pat explanations for itself. As entertaining as this film may be, it has an unrelenting and merciless dark side, and might disturb even the most veteran indy film carmudgeon.

This is a great film. See it.

Metacritic Reviews


Critic Reviews



More Like This

American Psycho

American Psycho

Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler

The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

The Machinist

The Machinist

Zodiac

Zodiac

12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Memento

Memento

Drive

Drive

Arrival

Arrival

Prisoners

Prisoners

Source Code

Source Code

Did You Know?

Trivia

When Donnie's mother, Rose, asks Kitty if she has heard of Graham Greene, she replies that she has, since she's seen Bonanza (1959). However, Kitty is getting him confused with Lorne Greene, who appeared in the series. Sam Raimi, who allowed the Donnie Darko production to use and distort a clip from his movie, The Evil Dead (1981) free of charge, is married to Gillian Greene, daughter of Lorne. There is also a Native Canadian actor, Graham Greene who has appeared in many films portraying native Americans including Dances with Wolves (1990). Graham Greene, the author, had many of his books adapted for films, including, The Quiet American (1958) (twice), Brighton Rock (1948) (twice), and Our Man in Havana (1959).


Quotes

Elizabeth: I'm voting for Dukakis.


Goofs

Middlesex, VA, is mostly flat and does not have hills as depicted in the movie.


Crazy Credits

"Proud to Be Loud" Performed by The Dead Green Mummies -- this song is actually performed by the band Pantera. (The Dead Green Mummies do not exist.) Pantera has all but disowned their first four albums, this song is track 5 on the fourth of those albums, "Power Metal." The band presumably did not want to be credited with the song (as they don't consider any of their pre-1990 material part of their discography) and made up the name The Dead Green Mummies.


Alternate Versions

In the original version, when Donnie first begins to witness the liquid spear coming out of his chest, the spear moves across the room, turns back toward him and forms a large sort-of finger that beckons him to follow. In the Director's cut, the spear does not beckon him. He simply follows. Also the soundtrack in this scene has changed. Previously, we could hear the TV advertising the Middlesex Halloween Carnival. This has been replaced with sound effects now associated with any of the oddities of the tangent universe. In the Director's Cut there is also the audio for a commercial for "Who's the Boss?" starring Tony Danza inserted prior to the Halloween Carnival add.


Soundtracks

Voices Carry
(uncredited)
Written by
Aimee Mann, Michael Hausman, Robert Holmes and Joseph Pesce
Performed by 'Til Tuesday
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing

Storyline

Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Find Summer Love With These Streaming Movies

Discover three films that capture the spirit of summer love, including a Chicago coming-of-age drama, a passionate Harlem romance, and a rom-com with Maya Erskine and Jack Quaid.

Watch the video

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com