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Week of April 16th
Film: Donnie Darko


Director- Richard Kelly
Cast- Jake Gyllenhall, Jena Malone, Katherine Ross, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Maggie Gyllenhall, Patrick Swayze
Rated R: for language, some drugs use and violence
Running time- 118 min
Release year- 2001
Synopsis (
Some may think that Donnie Darko is a typical maladjusted teenager. Actually, Donnie is borderline delusional, beset by visions of a monstrous rabbit which is trying to keep him under its sinister influence. Prompted by this apparition, Donnie commits antisocial acts while he is undergoing psychotherapy, surviving the vagaries of high-school life and romance, and fortuitously escaping a bizarre death from a falling jet engine. Donnie battles his demons, literally and figuratively, in a series of intertwining story lines that play with time travel, fundamentalist gurus, fate, predestination and the machinations of the universe.

My thoughts- Underseen

This film is incrediblty underrated. Although it didnt get much of an audience due to its Independent status, its now starting to become known to the population, but its still not known enough.

The story of this film involves sustain attention and thought processing or else you might lose yourself. But thats whats so envelpoing about the film, its ambigous, and ingenious. A "thinker" as we film buffs call it. Director/Writer Richard Kelly created a fine-tuned masterwork of the new decade, with a fantastic screenplay and story that incoporate the theories of time travel, and the association with the psychological thriller genre.

The acting is also a sumpremely tremendous quality in this film. Jake Gyllenhall (Darko) gives a powerful and provacative performance, one of the best in the past 5 years. Not once does he misstep or falter, pure brilliance. The rest of the cast is great, even Patrick Swayze shows that he can at least try and act.

You must see this movie, or else why would have I included it in "The Vault." You have no idea what your missing. Just because its independent and wasnt a wide release in theaters (it was limited), does not mean you can forget greatness.

Rating- 9/10


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