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on 14 August 2018
Not my kind of film bought it because Patrick swayze is in it but ok for anyone who likes this type of film
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on 5 August 2018
Fantastic.
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on 2 August 2018
Great quirky film!!
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on 1 August 2018
Bought it on the basis of positive reviews, watched it once and gave it away to charity.
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on 15 July 2018
loved the story well made it was easy too understand and found it interesting
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 26 May 2018
Donnie Darko is not a film I would take all that seriously - some people seem to regard it as something profound, but it seems to me more to reflect teenage angst, and to appeal at that level - as a disorienting fantasy playing with alienation and anxiety, The state of mind of Donnie is quite authentic, but the science fiction aspects seem more effective if seen as a by-product of this, rather than anything to do with scientific thinking on time. The song used at the end, a cover of Tears For Fears' Mad World, seems to get the tone, giving a feeling of whimsy and slightly wilful distortion of the kind you get in a lot of that kind of post-Strawberry Fair pop. It means that the ending isn't so much moving as strange. However, getting there is quite an interesting experience, the director throwing in a lot of visual ideas to string us along. At the heart of it is Jake Gyllenhaal's performance, which hits the bullseye. He is saturnine, well-intentioned underneath, struggling with visions of a giant talking rabbit telling him to do things, which the film takes fairly seriously. He nevertheless picks up very quickly on phoniness in the adult world. Gyllenhaal holds the film together with his acting and appealing looks. In the end its appeal is more sex-appeal than anything intellectual - Drew Barrymore also adds to this aspect on the other side as a progressive young teacher. Together with Donnie's love interest, Gretchen, and his sister played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, (somewhat underused), and some of the other students, she ensures both bases are effectively covered; and a number of 'adult' roles are well taken, including a phony guru by Patrick Swayze. An indication of the tone missing the mark in terms of being properly convincing is when Gretchen first comes into a new class, and Drew Barrymore tells her to sit next to whoever she thinks is the most attractive boy. It just isn't really truthful. Compared with a new film like Love, Simon, this one seems rather pretentious, but it makes effective use of music and lighting. Many of the ideas are taken from other films, but this doesn't stop them from being intriguing in their new combinations.
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on 25 April 2018
Good movie good packaging
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on 5 April 2018
It's the best film ever made.
- The plot is genius and like any good story is open to the viewers interpretation.
- The soundtrack is the best I've ever heard, both the original music composed for the film and selection of 80's classics.
- The cast do a wonderful job, and the whole atmosphere is perfect and like nothing else you'll ever see.
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VINE VOICEon 21 March 2018
Donnie Darko is a very troubled teenager, he can't sleep, has difficulty fitting in and is seeing a child Psychiatrist, but he's also extremely intelligent, quick witted and unusually perceptive for one so young. When there is a major accident at his home, one that would surely have killed him had he been in his room, the visions that plague him become more overwhelming and take on a new frightening intensity that eventually leads to death and destruction.

Richard Kelly's first feature film is not only a fabulously assured and beautifully created debut exhibiting complete mastery of the whole film-making process, but is also a hugely compelling and inventive narrative that does rather hook you early on. Odd it is, different is certainly is, but complement that with seriously good acting from all concerned and high production values and you do end up with something unique and of genuine quality. Considering the tiny budget he must have had, Mr Kelly has stretched those Dollars and made a film that is beautifully shot, has some great special affects and uses enough technical and artistic tricks of the trade to give the whole thing a quality feel. However perhaps the greatest trick employed is to make you genuinely care about the characters and the situations they find themselves in. When we do eventually discover the truth (well part of it) behind all the odd goings on and Donnie's brave solution, I was genuinely quite emotional at the unexpected twist in the tale. All the best films and film-makers make you feel something for the characters they present to you and in that respect Mr Kelly scores very highly indeed.

Donnie Darko is not your normal average run of the mill teen based horror flick, it's far more that that. Essentially a coming of age piece covering themes as diverse as time travel, the concept of fate, the role of belief, teenage angst, mental health issues and of course scary big rabbits called Frank who tell you the end of the world is nigh.

This film will inevitably be too esoteric and down right odd for many who may only see a film about a young man who talks to a rabbit and therefore miss the bigger picture. It also doesn't really set out to fully answer any of the big questions it poses and perhaps this ambiguity, this void, suggesting there may be more to life than we CAN know, is part of why certain audiences connected with it so resoundly. A financial and critical failure in America where audiences stayed away in droves, however it was European audiences who fell in love with the films dreamlike though provoking essence and thumping 80's soundtrack.

If you love film you have to see this tremendous debut.
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on 18 March 2018
all good
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