Donnie Darko is the ultra cool twisted tale of a young man who is a paranoid
schizophrenic who is off his medication, has visions of the end of the world,
time travel and who engages in conversations with a giant rabbit who tells him
what to do and when to do it.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this moody tale that gets
more and more weird as the movie progresses. He is the broody moody student
who is usually reserved in class until going off the medication that his
psychiatrist prescribed him to keep him calm. The normal laid back kid becomes
outspoken in class and in the night things happen that no one can account for.
There were so many cool moments in this movie that it is not funny. I have
found that since reviewing this film and asking others about it that in all
probability it will achieve a form of cult status over the short term. It
certainly is a memorable film that will have you scratching your head for a
little while upon it's conclusion.
I almost found the only weak point was the minor part played by Drew Barrymore
who is the show's producer. She was certainly a smart woman to put her money
behind this one as there are a number of stand out performances by it's cast,
including an older Patrick Swayze who plays the part of a positive
reinforcement speaker who gets what is coming to him.
This is by no means a splatter film by any stretch of the imagination although
there are a number of moments that do involve a tiny bit of gore. For the most
part the scariest part of the film is in the viewers imagination and
anticipation of shocks. Add to this some brilliant cinematography and pacing
of storyline and you have got one hell of a ride.
The audio and video on this title was second to none and I truly enjoyed every
moment of it. The picture is crisp and clear and thoroughly enjoyable to
The main thing that I loved about the audio was the way that it totally
encompassed me, integrating me unconsciously into the movie.
The extras were entertaining on this one as well, with all the stops being
pulled out in order to ensure that punters get a very comprehensive package.
Almost everything you could imagine was included in these extras, including a
hilarious audio commentary for the commercial "Cunning Visions" that you will
see during the film itself. This was extremely funny and a very nice touch to
round out the DVD. The voice overs were a great touch. Also included on the
disc was the music video for the haunting song "Mad World" that features
during the movie.
DVD is a must watch disc and I think that most people will want to add their
disc to their permanent collections. Make sure you do it the justice of
watching it all the way through and then going through the extras as well.
Highly Recommended! Brilliant Movie! Brilliant DVD!
Deleted and Extended Scenes
Cunning Visions Infomercials
The Philosophy of Time Travel Book
Mad World Music Video
Art Gallery & Production Skills
Cast & Crew Information
Theatrical Trailer & TV Spots