Sunday, May 26, 2013

Donnie Darko (2001) ★★★★★


On October 2nd 1988, Donnie Darko, a teenager with psychiatric problems is woken up and drawn into his garden by a man wearing a rabbit suit with an eerie demonic air. While Donnie is in the garden, and while no plane has flown over the area, a plane engine of unknown origin crashes on the family house and through Donnie's room. Frank, the man in a rabbit suit, tells Donnie that the end of the world will take place in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds and incites the teenager into committing crimes.

My verdict:

This is an excellent movie of which fantastic aspects do not appear from the get-go. Donnie's character is tortured enough by his psychiatric troubles and his teenage hormones to appear as having a complex and dark personality, and still he remains endearing and one can partially identify to him. The cast is brilliant: Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Mary McDonnell, Seth Rogen, Noah Wyle. The acting and the directing of this movie are closely related as most of the movie is about the things going on in Donnie's head and both are of high standards. The music reflects adequately the ambiance of the scenes. This movie is part of many top 10's of science-fiction and fantasy and deservedly so. It deserves a 5 stars rating.

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