Sunday, December 21, 2008
DVD OF THE WEEK: DONNIE DARKO
Donnie Darko is not easy to categorize, it's part sci-fi, part drama, part dark comedy, part horror, part coming-of-age and part satire of the American life while featuring a very scary bunny rabbit. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the titular hero, a schezophrenic teenager who meets said rabbit and is told the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 6 seconds. While out sleepwalking, his bedroom is destroyed by a jetliner's engine crashing through the roof, avoiding a certain death. Meanwhile, Donnie befriends Gretchen (Jena Malone), the new girl at school and begins a quest for time travel, a search for God and an understanding of Frank, the giant bunny rabbit. To write more about the plot would spoil many of the surprises and twists of the film. Richard Kelly, directing his own script, swings for the fences on his directorial debut and knocks it out of the park. Donnie Darko is unique, bizare, mind-bending, refreshingly original and utterly brilliant.
Trivia: The movie was shot in 28 days, exactly the time-span of the movie itself, on a budget of under $5 million dollars.