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Donnie Darko (Director's Cut) back to product details

Just don't listen to the commentary...
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written by beatricearthur August 9, 2005 - 1:04 PM PDT
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
When this movie when it came out in theatres, I enjoyed it as a story of adolescence. The acting is generally at a very high level (notable exception is Drew Barrymore's performance) and the characters are generally sympathetic. Upon seeing this director's cut, I appreciated the scifi aspects of the movie. However, the commentary made me cringe; listening to Richard Kelly talk about his work is surreal. I felt as if he didn't really understand what he'd made, like he'd channeled it or something. He used the phrase "dea ex machina" to mean "god in the machine", completely missing the idea of a deus-ex-machina, which actually applies to this film. Notwithstanding the rambling, incoherent commentary, I enjoyed the director's cut as a new perspective on the story.

The best movie you'll never understand.
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written by Moriarty April 6, 2005 - 9:52 AM PDT
5 out of 7 members found this review helpful
It's been nearly a week since I've seen this movie and I still don't think I have it all sorted out. A co-worker of mine has also seen this and we've wasted plenty of company time trying to figure it all out. And thet's the best part of this whole movie.
Donnie Darko is the name of the "hero" of this tale. He is a brilliant but disturbed young man who is currently in therapy. It seems Donnie has been sleepwalking late at night. A 6 foot tall rabbit named Frank has been leading Donnie out of his house at night. Which fortunately saves Donnie's life when one night a jet engine from a plane nobody can locate, falls through the roof into Donnie's bedroom. After that things start to get weird.
I don't want to give too much away, mostly because there's still a lot I don't understand, but this was one of the most original movies I've seen in a while. You'll spend most of the movie trying to figure out what's going on. And when you finally get to the end, there's no nice, simple wrap up. The story leaves you wondering. But not in a bad way. There's no final narrative to explain what you just saw, no cheap, tidy wrap up. It leaves you thinking. Which, for me at least, is a rarity when it comes to most movies.
From our discussions I've been able to figure out that the Director's cut gives you more to help you understand what's happening to Donnie, so I'd recommend that version of the movie. But overall, I recommend giving this one a try.

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