Film: Donnie Darko
Directed By: Richard Kelly
Reviewer: Aubrielle, 12th Grade
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Donnie Darko is a sci-fi psychological thriller that makes watchers laugh at the odd and somewhat sadistic humor, while also provoking deeper thought about existential questions. The movie follows the main character Donnie Darko, a troubled high school student, with behavioral and mental issues, who by chance escapes death. One night Donnie is called by a mysterious and highly creepy rabbit named, Frank, to sleepwalk out of his room, where Frank tells him the world is going to end in 28 days. Later, that night a jet engine falls onto Donnie’s room which would have killed him if he did not sleepwalk out his room that night. Frank tells him to do bizarre things around the town in order to fix the tangent universe created and that Frank can time travel. Donnie possibly having schizophrenia and the validity of Frank’s claims makes the watcher question whether what is happening is truly reality. I like the movie no matter how many times I have seen it, it captivates me until the end and makes me interpret it differently each time. I think teenagers will like this movie because of the incredible range of interpretability it has. I would rate the movie a 4 out 5.