Warning: This film seriously messes with your head!
Robert A. Dalton | Harrison, AR USA | 09/26/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film is hard to classify and I am still trying to digest and classify it 24 hours after seeing it. It is disturbing but not in any horror sense. Like the film "The Fountain" you must be patient and see it all the way through before you will really understand it - and maybe not even then at least at first. This is a sleeper in that you probably won't come to true clarity and understanding until after you have slept on it overnight. I guess the best way to sum it up, as much as it can be done, is to call it a psychological time traveller story, but that hardly does this film justice.
Originally I put off buying this as it sounded like a horror film with all that that possibly entails. I am not a horror fan, nor like gore. I am glad however I took a chance and bought this film and watched it. Unique doesn't even begin to describe this film. Rest assured the R rating is mainly for extremely strong language. There is no graphic violence or gore involved, nor any nudity or sex, whatsoever. The disturbing part comes from anticipation and not understanding what you are seeing here.
It is a profoundly unique well done story and no scene can be anticipated in advance as in many other Hollywood films. It is not hard to understand now why this is such a cult classic!
The Blu-Ray Directors cut is very high quality, extremely crisp, and the sound excellent. The soundtrack is really good and I really like the "Mad World" song and have since bought the soundtrack separately just to have it and some other unique tracks as well.
If you are a fan of films like "The Fountain", "Pan's Labyrinth", "The Man Who Fell to Earth", "Dark City, "12 Monkeys". "V for Vendetta", "Man from Earth" and other similar type cult films this would be one to add to your film collection. Highly recommended!
Eh, What's Up Doc?
Mr Vic aka | Marion, IA USA | 09/27/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The dark, seemingly evil rabbit in "Donnie Darko", the movie written and directed by Richard Kelly, may stick in viewers' minds as much as Bugs Bunny stuck in mine as a child. And, at the end of your first viewing, you too may be asking "what's up doc?"
Tom Keogh, who wrote the review of this film for Amazon, stated that this movie is unclassifiable. I don't necessarily agree with that view. Although it is part drama, part romance and part teen movie, it is primarily science fiction, with a sub-category of time travel. Keogh goes on to add that "Darko" is stunningly original--with that I do agree. Richard Kelly seems to be able to aptly create a David Lynch-like atmosphere that will keep the audience watching--and guessing--until the end.
Jake Gyllenhaal does an admirable job in the title role and is supported by an ensemble cast, including his sister Maggie, Drew Barrymore, Noah Wyle, Jena Malone, Patrick Swayze and Mary McDonnell (and even Ashley Tisdale in a small role). Jake is able to give "Donnie Darko" the needed dark off-centered, delusional, mind set that shows in his eyes in the distant haunted stare he conjurs up at just the right time during the story.
When it comes to eerie, mysterious science fiction flicks, you'll have a hard time finding another one nearly as good as "Donnie Darko". If you haven't checked it out, now's the time."