Posted by: Pinar Tarhan | July 15, 2009

Donnie Darko

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Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Jena Mal0ne

Written and Directed by: Richard Kelly

This is one weird movie. And having seen it for the second time, I mean this in a good way.

It was a friend’s birthday and we got him a mid-sized figure of the Bunny-rabbit Frank from the movie.

For those of you who haven’t seen it, here is Frank:

500full-donnie-darko-poster  Don’t worry. You do get to know what’s with the weird suit, where (most of) Donnie (J. Gyllenhaal) ‘s troubles come from.You will however probably be left with some questions in your head so I suggest the director’s cut.

The plot is too complicated to give it justice but let’s just say Donnie is a troubled upper-middle class teenager who isn’t exactly on great terms with his family. Things get creepier when he starts to see the images of this man-sized rabbit that talks to him and directs him- it even saves Donnie’s life. So Donnie starts doing things that could get him in trouble. So he has to deal with weird teachers (with the exception of the science teacher and the English teacher (Drew Barrymore), the sexual frustrations of an adolescent, the intensity of his feelings for the new girl, his sanity,questions about the possibility of time travel and his psychiatrist… It’s fun, dark, thrilling and well-shot. The music is pretty cool and the plot is original. At least I haven’t seen the same elements combined like this and have a good result.

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Donnie (Jake) and the cool Englih teacher (Barrymore)

Donnie and Gretchen (Jena Malone)

Donnie and Gretchen (Jena Malone)

Donnie and a really weird yet crucial character

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Donnie, Gretchen asleep and Frank

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What the hell is the rabbit doing with Donnie? I find the answer to be original. I don’t think it is as brilliant and breath-taking as the 8.3 ranking it got from the IMDB voters but I think it is a solid 7.5

Give it a shot. Or just watch it again.

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