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Apr 19, 2008 - Film

Donny Darko

Donny Darko movie poster

Out of nowhere a movie started popping up. There was a director’s cut and a lot of people I know were telling me how great it was. That movie was Donnie Darko. I had it on my Netflix queue for a while, but I never bumped it to the top. As a result I deleted it one day when I was cleaning up my queue.

This morning I was in bed trying to get my daughter to sleep when I noticed that it was playing on the Sundance channel. I put it on and now I understand why so many people liked it.

First, any movie that has a clip of “Evil Dead” in it must be good.

Second, the case is amazing. From Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, who many would argue would make for a bad movie but I disagree, to Mary McDonnell, Drew Barrymore (also an Executive Producer on the movie) and Noah Wyle. They all did a super job.

Donnie is a fairly dark boy with a horrifying past. He’s seeing a shrink and is on medication. One day he starts to see this deranged bunny who tells him that the world will end in 28 days. The next 28 days are a whirlwind of tragedy and horror. I won’t spoil the ending but it is a good one.

This movie isn’t a horror movie although it has some elements of horror. This movie isn’t Sci-Fi, but you could argue any movie with time travel as a theme is Sci-Fi. This is a thriller and a really good one. I’d recommend it to anyone.