Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

This unclassifiable but stunningly original film obliterates the walls between teen comedy, science fiction, family drama, horror, and cultural satire--and remains wildly entertaining throughout. Jake Gyllenhaal (October Sky) stars as Donnie, a borderline-schizophrenic adolescent for whom there is no difference between the signs and wonders of reality (a plane crash that decimates his house) and hallucination (a man-sized, reptilian rabbit who talks to him). Obsessed with the science of time travel and acutely aware of the world around him, Donnie is isolated by his powers of analysis and the apocalyptic visions that no one else seems to share. The debut feature of writer-director Richard Kelly, Donnie Darko is a shattering, hypnotic work that sets its own terms and gambles--rightfully so, as it turns out--that a viewer will stay aboard for the full ride. --Tom Keogh

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Production: Newmarket Film Group
  11 wins & 15 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.1
Metacritic:
88
Rotten Tomatoes:
86%
R (Restricted)
Year:
2001
133
Website
12,484 Views

Donnie:
Good morning.

Jim Cunningham:
Good morning.

Donnie:
Um... how much are they paying you to be here?

Jim Cunningham:
Uh, excuse me? What is your name, son?

Donnie:
Gerard.

Jim Cunningham:
Gerald, I think you're afraid.

Donnie:
Are you telling us this stuff so we can buy your book because, I gotta tell ya, if you are, that was some of the worst advice I ever heard.

Jim Cunningham:
You see how sad this is-

Donnie:
You want your sister to lose weight? Tell her to get off the couch, stop eating Twinkies and maybe go out for field hockey. You know what? No one ever knows what they want to be when they grow up. You know, it takes a little- little while to find that out. Right, Jim? And you. Yeah, you. Sick of some jerk shoving your head down the toilet? Well, you know what? Maybe you should lift some weights or, uh, take a karate lesson. And the next time he tries to do it, you kick him in the balls!

Jim Cunningham:
[laughs] Son... do you see this?

Donnie:
Right?

Jim Cunningham:
This is an anger prisoner. A textbook example.

Donnie:
Anger prisoner.

Jim Cunningham:
Do you see the fear, people? This boy is scared to death of the truth. Son, it breaks my heart to say this, but I believe you are a very troubled and confused young man. I believe you are searching for the answers in all the wrong places.

Donnie:
You're right, actually. I am pretty- I'm pretty troubled and I'm pretty confused, but I... And I'm afraid. Really, really afraid. Really afraid. But I- I think you're the f***ing Antichrist.


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