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Donnie Darko

by

Jeff Nelson

thoroughly planned out...original and different...

Donnie Darko
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It is always tough to decide if a movie being released in a limited form is good or bad. Sometimes it's because of the budget of the company. Other times the studio doesn't think it is a quality movie that would do well. There are a lot of movies that do not make a lot of money, but deserve to for being out of the ordinary. Donnie Darko is one of those films.

It is about a teenager named Donnie who is starting to see a man in a bunny suit. The man talks to him about time travel and guides him around town. He warns Donnie that the world will end in 28 days. The story is very well written and thoroughly planned out. It is original and different from what the audience is used to seeing. This is something many films are lacking.

There are a few big names in Donnie Darko. It has a cast of Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, and Patrick Swayze. I did notice some minor characters in the film as well who many will know. Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, Pineapple Express) plays one of the bullies and does a fantastic job. Throughout the entire movie, Drew Barrymore is shown a couple times with very few lines each time. The acting overall is natural and nobody overacts his or her parts. Jake Gyllenhaal gives a splendid performance as Donnie, one that I will never forget. The acting is fine and is to be remembered when seeing the cast in future films.

As I stated before, this is a limited released film. The film studio did not suspect it to get so popular once it was out of theaters. The camera quality is poor and the visuals are not realistic looking. There are a couple crashes in the film and they look fake. Although, visuals alone do not make up a good movie.

Overall, Donnie Darko is a fantastic film. It is entertaining and makes the audience think. The ending is unexpected, unpredictable and is pure genius. Not everybody will fully understand the ending at first, but after seeing it twice or hearing it from someone else it will become cleart. Donnie Darko gets my highest recommendation!.

My Rating = Five Stars

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