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Donnie Darko back to product details

Big Mean Ole Bunny Rabbit
written by KRiutta December 15, 2005 - 11:47 AM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Donnie Darko is a dark comedy set in suburban
America in the 1980s, portraying a teenage boy's
struggle with the metaphysical. Medicated and
counseled at the behest of his rightfully concerned
parents, Donnie is the recipient of apocalyptic
messages from a 6 foot bunny rabbit who gradually
ensnares him in a cycle of violence bent on "setting
things right" at his school, his community, and
perhaps most poignantly, his world. Drawing from
some elements of Scream and Heathers, Donnie Darko
is cleverly written and successfully dabbles in the
popular Hollywood themes of virtual reality and

you never know until you try
written by CONan February 17, 2005 - 9:27 PM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
First, I must say that this is, without a doubt, my favorite movie ever. This is the only the review I have ever done for anything- that is how much I liked Donnie Darko. Ok, it's not for everyone. Some people scoff when I call it incredible. Some people point out how at a second glance, it may just be a stupid, werid movie with interesting 80's music.

Fine, you know what? IT IS WEIRD!! It is imperfect and off-the-wall and dark and, well, weird. I'm not saying that the people who don't get it are stupid; they just don't get it. The only way you are really going to know if you like it or not is if you try it.

My final note is that you should really see this version, not the director's cut, at least for your first time (I myself have seen this movie countless times). This original version definitely makes you think more. That's what I love about this movie. I gather my friends, sit them down on the couch, make them watch this, then we all turn to each other and go "What the **** was that?!" The first time I showed it to one of my friends, we couldn't stop talking about it for days! "What does this mean? How did that happen? Did you notice this little thing?" With the director's cut, the story seemed to be put into chunks; it was too digestable for me.

So, go try it out, and hopefully you'll find it as I did- incredible.

I will watch Donnie Darko more than once
written by Scooter July 12, 2004 - 7:39 AM PDT
4 out of 9 members found this review helpful

You have to sit through this movie all at once or do not watch it at all. If you eat dinner in front of this one, you'll ruin it. The movie is full of foreshadowing, waiting to resolve. Things do not turn out the way you might have anticipated. That is all I will say on that.

I saw this movie last week, with a friend who swore by this. It's NOT really a science fiction movie in the traditional sense. You are NEVER certain -- one way or the other if the time travel is real or all in this delusional kids head. If your idea of great science fiction movies are those with Will Smith acting, I'll give you 4-1 odds you won't like this. I love this movie!

You know it is really a poor messed up kid who does not connect with reality. You never know yourself what is real or imagined. It's SUPPOSED to confuse you on that part, I think, because that is what the kid is feeling also.

I usually do not watch drama. This is not drama, but it is sad. I was a bit caught off guard how the movie resolves -- I thought the world would have ended differently. I was in quiet tears.

I don't think I need to watch this more than once to "get" it, but I know I will jump at the chance to show it to people (or just watch it alone).

NOTE: You MUST watch the Extras afterwards. The DVD edition (and maybe the theatrical release) cut a lot of scenes, and the ending is different than the director intended. The cut ending is more disturbing (kind of like, but not quite, how the cut ending of Clerks was disturbing. BTW if you have not seen the cut ending to Clerks, rent the DVD).

I feel like I missed 15 minutes of this movie...but I didn't.
written by ABrooks May 24, 2004 - 2:52 PM PDT
3 out of 19 members found this review helpful
OK...I feel I must be the voice f reason when it comes to the beloved film "Donnie Darko".This film is pretty lame. It is not "genious". It is not a "vision". I think those terms are thrown around when people jump on a band wagon of a film like this one. A film that has (literally!) no plot. If you like wasting your time and feeling like the director has played some cruel joke on you then go ahead and rent Donnie Darko. Really. Then see if you have the strength of character to tell the truth. I honestly believe that most people have been coned into thinking that this movie has meaning. Then they see the film, don't get it but feel like they just missed something and call it "Beautiful". Well not me. I'll be honest!This movie lacked a plot and a story. The Patrick Swayze cameo makes it ALMOST worth it. Seriously, if you want to see a movie with a crazy bunny rent "Sexy Beast". It's good. This isn't.

Darkness falls.
written by sfspaz January 13, 2004 - 4:41 PM PST
11 out of 13 members found this review helpful
Executive Producer Drew Barrymore's quirky life vision comes through strongly in this darkly beautiful, puzzling film. In complete contrast to her karate-chopping, fashion-donning Charlie's Angel, Barrymore here puts her production company's might behind a deft but dark tale about a boy at existentential odds with his surroundings.

Donnie is an ostensibly well-off boy from a kind family who, along with normal teenage angst, is having disorienting visions of death and destruction. Despite numerous sympathetic characters, including a free-thinking teacher played by Barrymore herself, a mother seeking her own answers in Mary McDonnel, and an erstwhile and puzzled "girlfriend" in Jena Malone, Donnie is unable to unravel the messages provided him by his mind. The skilled cast brings life to what would otherwise be stock middle-class characters, and Richard Kelly's keen direction brings the viewer into a surreal yet sympathetic state with tragic hero Donnie Darko's plight.

Revealing the movie's relevatory conclusion would betray the beauty of the film, and as the movie does not unravel itself until the final frames (and even then, cryptically and subtly) some might find the film too obtuse, but repeated viewings reveal a touching, insightful look at a boy at odds with his dysphoric state.

An enigmatic film, to be sure, but not to be missed.

This movie rocks!
written by SLouis August 22, 2003 - 3:52 PM PDT
5 out of 15 members found this review helpful
What a great movie. You must rent... rent now. What are you waiting for? Very dark, funny, off beat. This is a film that will put your brain to work... and cover some pretty good 80's tunes to boot. Hello... why haven't you rented it yet?


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