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Donnie Darko Review

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by Phil Hinton Jul 1, 2003 at 12:00 AM

    Donnie Darko Review
    Donnie Darko is a brilliant but somewhat troubled young man who is plagued with terrifying visions. One of these is a 6ft Rabbit called Frank who appears when Donnie uses his pills. Frank appears one night and tells Donnie to follow him into the woods, he is told that the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and twelve seconds. Donniw wakes up on the golf course and on returning home finds that his bedroom has been hit by an engine that has fallen from a 747. From here things just start to get very strange indeed, what has an ex-teacher called grandma death got to do with things? Who is vandalising the school? Has Donnie found true love in Gretchen and will the world really end?
    The film is sheer brilliance with some outstanding acting performances from many of the cast. It is however a love it or leave it type of movie which I could sum up as a David Lynch mind bender. Alright so it is not as intense as a Lynch picture, but all the strange goings on add up to a well executed ending which will still confuse the hell out of you on first viewing. But stick with it as the film does have a satisfying payoff.