Donnie Darko (2001)

Donnie Darko (2001)
  • Time: 113 min
  • Genre: Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
  • Director: Richard Kelly
  • Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Patrick Swayze, Mary McDonnell, Drew Barrymore


Donnie Darko doesn’t get along too well with his family, his teachers and his classmates; but he does manage to find a sympathetic friend in Gretchen, who agrees to date him. He has a compassionate psychiatrist, who discovers hypnosis is the means to unlock hidden secrets. His other companion may not be a true ally. Donnie has a friend named Frank – a large bunny which only Donnie can see. When an engine falls off a plane and destroys his bedroom, Donnie is not there. Both the event, and Donnie’s escape, seem to have been caused by supernatural events. Donnie’s mental illness, if such it is, may never allow him to find out for sure.


  • “Donnie Darko” is a psychological masterpiece! The main plot of this film is a very different one, but that makes this movie so special. The story is greatly well balanced, the characters are great as well, and the actors have made such a great contribution to this film. Even though it’s a thriller the story is quite complex. Really, it all depends on how understanding you are when it comes to films like these. Performances are great from both lead and supporting actors. Patrick Swayze gives his best in years and Mary McDonnell is simply devastating. But the real star here is Jake Gyllenhaal, who totally owns the film, conveying emotion and maturity with exceptional confidence. Director Richard Kelly obviously reviewed every scene thoroughly and did not make one loophole, mistake or anything for the audience to complain about. He really does a great job of directing the story which he also wrote. A thriller that will leave you shivering for days to come, it’s simply a film you won’t deny watching over and over and over again!

  • Time travel, existentialism, destruction and fear are all explored in Richard Kelly’s cult debut film. Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) is part of a typical suburban family, or so it would seem. He suffers from emotional disorders and the medication that he has to take results in him making imaginary friends. His latest friend is a man in a bunny suit called Frank. One night, Frank asks Donnie to follow him, so that he can share a secret with Donnie. Frank reveals that the world will end in 28 days, six hours, 42 minutes and twelve seconds.

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