Donnie Darko (2001)

Donnie Darko (2001, USA) C-113m. SCOPE *** D: Richard Kelly. Starring Jack Gyllenhaal, Holmes Osborne, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daveigh Chase, Mary McDonnell, Patrick Swayze, Drew Barrymore, Katharine Ross. Unusual, very (too?) mysterious movie about troubled teenager Donnie Darko (Gyllenhaal), who is in psychiatric treatment. His imaginary(?) friend, a (scary) giant rabbit sends him sleepwalking nearly every night and predicts the end of the world in 28 days. How and why is this supposed to happen? Movie raises countless questions and creates an eerie atmosphere. Writer-director Kelly has fashioned a confusing, much-discussed Lynchian story that requires multiple viewing. Astounding, if not completely satisfying, a cult hit. Countless references to other cult movies make it even more interesting for buffs. Barrymore also executive produced.


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