Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Donnie Darko

I have to tell you something. This movie is insane, I can't even begin to tell you how much it messes with my head. And that my friend, is a definition of an unique movie. I mean...I am speechless after watching this movie, and I had to steady myself because my heart was thumping very fast. No worries, it's just a movie.....isn't it? This film really defies description, I can't even explain it.

Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhall) sleepwalks out of his house one night, and sees a giant rabbit named Frank (James Duval), who tells him the world will end in 28 days. He returns home the next morning to find that a jet engine has crashed through his bedroom. As he tries to figure out why he survived and tries to deal with things, Frank continues to turn up in Donnie's life, causing him to commit acts of vandalism and worse.

Now, for those of you who just read the description, don't worry -- this is NOT a horror movie. It's an incredible thought provoking film that actually lingers and raises many questions. Granted, this movie is not meant to be watched just once. Hell, I need to watch this again in order to get what it means. I can't tell you much about the plot, because it will be a spoiler...but I can tell you this; this character was truly compelling and what the rabbit actually means is so far from what is expected at the beginning. What really grabbed me was the plot and story of the film. It is a very intricate puzzle that will mess your mind up after you watch it. Not everything immediately makes sense after viewing, and maybe it never will, but that doesn't matter at all. Scenes seem to melt into one another and there's this constant feeling of hidden meaning and symbolism. The sound effects, the music, clever use of slow-mo and minimal but good digital effects draw you into the twisted world of Donnie, played perfectly by Jake Gyllenhall. An emotional tale that touches the soul in many ways, thrilling, dark, and entertaining.

The most surprising performance against type is from Drew Barrymore as Karen Pomeroy, Donnie's English teacher who is really sarcastic and downright no-nonsense, and yet cool at the same time. Patrick Swayze is also great in this movie, as a self-guru with a hidden agenda. I like Maggie Gyllenhall (Jake Gyllenhall's real sister) as Donnie's sister; she delivers good performance as a bigger bully sister to Donnie but loves him anyway as a sibling. Because of the character of Donnie and others, I feel like I really connected with this movie. The distraught personalities, the imperfection in everybody, how the mind works, and more. The lead character gains a sense of self-worth and fulfilled destiny while life that had become increasingly painful and tragic in the month behind him as he sees the eye of the supreme being that shapes his life, and an embittered soul is put to rest after a  bad circumstance. This film is not for everyone. People will either love it, or despise it with all their heart. I enjoyed this film and would recommend it to anyone who has a taste for dark humor and a desire to put the pieces of the puzzle together over and over, long after the film has ended.

Ratings: 7.5/10


Posted at 12:57 pm by hanitje

 

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