Donnie Darko [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Quality on blu-ray isn't enhanced by much but thats because of the way it was filmed. Great audio. Lovely soundtrack.Donnie Darko [Blu-ray]
Donnie Darko is inspired (I would guess) by the weird combination of Philip K Dick, Wes Anderson, JD Salinger and the classic James Stewart movie ï¿½Harveyï¿½. It announces the arrival of two great new talents in Writer/Director Richard Kelly and the young actor Jake Gyllenhall, in what is a hugely original, ingenious and entertaining movie. Set in 1988, around Halloween time, this movie has the conventional leafy-suburbia-plus-high-school setting, which alludes to the horror genre of Carrie and Halloween but it is no horror movie. It also has specific elements that suggest that itï¿½s a psychodrama about a young man with schizophrenia but this is not ï¿½A Beautiful Mindï¿½. It also ponders the possibility of time travel but this is not science fiction.Read more ›
One thing occurs to me - I know there's been much made of both the writer/director's "tangent universe" stuff as well as the Christ allusions. All that's going on and more.
Clearly Donnie's isolated as all get out at the beginning but increasingly connects with a few people - Gretchen, his Smurf-pondering friends, and eventually even his mom. This move from isolation appears to be one of the key character developments in the film - that he goes from being terrified of dieing alone (because he is alone) to dieing because he's no longer alone and can do something meaningful for those he's connected with. A form of sacrifice.
So I couldn't help thinking about the movie "The Sacrifice" by Tarkovsky with it's own odd sci-fi/religious plot about the end of the world. And the long coda featuring those who survive.
Certainly there's much, much more going on. But for me this was a way to see through all the tangent universe mumbo-jumbo into something a little more familiar and comprehensible without reading the freakin' manual to the film.
A complex, ambitious and ultimately successful movie. With a kickin' soundtrack.
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Hard to categorize, it's a mix of science-fiction and teen romantic comedy, with a lot of horror and thrill. Excellent actors and script, a must see film.Published 4 months ago by MARC-OLIVIER ROBICHAUD
Youth entertaining, illogical and incomprehensible drama, but there is a key to making perfect sense and make it a great film. Read morePublished 7 months ago by George Fratelli
A movie that will let you wonder... You should watch it twice. The story structure is similar to Jacob's Ladder, but it is not not as gory.Published 8 months ago by Michel Hebert
A movie that turns your brain inside out and proceeds to cram more confusing content inside of it until it explodes from sheer awesomeness! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jesse
Greate movie love this film.The shipping was very fast,faster than expectade.I would recomand this film to all my friends and familyPublished 21 months ago by Stephane Langlois
Donnie Darko is an interesting movie. Certain scenes have a certain type of 'art' behind them that make this movie very good to watch. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Pyyro Bowman
A truly dark and disturbing film for those who enjoy the craft of building suspense.
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