Donnie Darko (2001)

Another movie which I’ve given a 10 on IMDB is Donnie Darko with Jake Gyllenhaal, with some smaller roles played by Patrick Swayze and Drew Barrymore. Donnie Darko has a very original concept and ideas which force you to almost watch this movie twice before you start to understand what happened. Once you finished watched it you’ll be thinking about it, something that doesn’t happen with all the movies I watch.

Donnie meets Frank the rabbit who tells him that the world will end and that he has to do a couple of things. Director Richard Kelly manages to create a psychedelic dream world with this movie and through word of mouth managed to garner a big amount of fans for it. It is now a cult hit. His surrealistic style can also be seen in Southland Tales, which I liked a lot as well (gave it an 8). If you like movies that can’t be labelled as “normal”, then you really have to see Donnie Darko.

Score: 10

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9 thoughts on “Donnie Darko (2001)

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  3. Yes yes, D. Darko is one of my all time favorite movies, one of those rare gems that not only improves with repeat screenings but stands the test of time. It’s funny how some films have the opposite effect, losing whatever it was that made them pop in their day – like Strange Days, Hackers and War Games for instance.

    Donnie Darko – oddball, offbeat and memorable – but the director’s cut is another story, don’t you think? Kelly over shot the hoop or something, maybe he was so blinded by the miserable reception and lackluster box office receipts that he felt by throwing everything from the editing room floor back into the movie it would fix it. Not the case.

    I covered both films, would love to hear your thoughts –

    • It’s been a couple of years since I last seen it, so it’s about time for a rewatch. I still like Strange Days and War Games 🙂

      I never watched the director’s cut as I heard bad things about it 🙂

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