Teenager Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal, Zodiac, The Day After Tomorrow) is bothered by visions of a demented looking rabbit (Frank), who persuades Donnie to commit crimes, while also giving him clues about the end of the world. This is really just touching the surface of this bizarre film that also involves time travel and alternate reality. Filled with strange characters, strange scenes, and even stranger special effects, I have found this to be a movie that people tend to either love or write off completely because they cannot connect to it--I fall into the former. I think the story is phenomenal and the acting is very strong. Gyllenhall does a fine job as Donnie, Jena Malone (The Ruins, Into The Wild) is good as Donnie’s girlfriend Gretchen, and Patrick Swayze (The Outsiders, Red Dawn) is a scene-stealer as motivational speaker Jim Cunningham.
It should also be noted that the soundtrack is outstanding, featuring many of the best new wave bands of the 1980’s. The film does get bogged down at times and moves slow, especially if you watch the extended director’s cut. Donnie Darko is a mood-altering movie as well, so be warned. This truly is a fantastic film that I recommend highly.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 9