Mar 17, 2007

[Movies] Donnie Darko (2001)

Donnie Darko is an amazing film that has become quite the cult classic in many circles. Despite a cast featuring many names that are now considered notable now, at the time the movie was a bit of a sleeper hit with a powerful story to tell.

It's hard to classify what this movie is in terms of genre - at first glance you might thing it's a horror flick but as it develops you see it's more of a science fiction piece with a dash of fantasy thrown in.

In the movie, Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) is haunted by strange visions of an anthropomorphic bunny named Frank who tells him that the world is going to end. Frank also encourages Donnie to commit seemingly random acts of vandalism as the end of the world draws near.

The movie is surprising in its depth and complexity and a number of sites exist as forums attempting to understand or explain the many concepts involved in the film. While the film is quite dark, it has a strong story to tell and does so in a manner which isn't too fast or too slow, as if the pacing of the film is so measured in order to reach the conclusion at the precisely correct moment.

You should be able to find a copy at your local video store and of course I'm sure you can download it somewhere.

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  1. this is my fave movie of all time! after i saw it the first time, i fell inlove with it that i had to play it all over again, with the director's commentaries, and finished at 4am. :)

    found this blog while looking for 'gay birds' reviews :)

  2. thanks for the comment - i definitely want to go through the movie again and again. it was rather striking and i'm surprised it didn't generate more buzz.

    hope you check back with the Geeky Guide more and more - we're trying to get more content out there along with getting more writers working with the blog.