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Stylish, exciting debut by writer/director Kelly that, like "Mulholland Drive," leaves much unexplained as dark doings occur in an idyllic suburb, circa 1988. Aptly named Darko family is full of complex characters, including the gifted but schizophrenic Donny, a teenager able to see the future with the aid of a life-size, doomsday-spewing rabbit named Frank. Donny's psychiatrist (Ross) discovers he's sleepwalking on Frank's orders, which actually saves his life when a jet engine falls from a plane, landing squarely in the teen's bedroom. Even more mysteriously, no plane has reported a missing engine, which turns out to be just one of the many eerie events that may be real or imagined. McDonnel and Osborne are both fine as Donny's upper- middle class Republican parents. Like "Harvey" on anti-psychotic meds, this challenging and complex film is worth the effort.

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Available on Running time 113 minutes. Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Sanity Check, Family Ties, Teen Angst, Period Piece: 1980s, Rabbits
Screenplay
Richard Kelly
Cast
Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, James Duval, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holmes Osborne, Katharine Ross, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wyle, Arthur Taxier, Stuart Stone
Cinematography
Steven Poster
Director
Richard Kelly
Music
Michael Andrews
Other
Coleman Metts, Manish Raval, Tom Wolfe, Sam Bauer, Eric Strand, April Ferry, Alexander Hammond
Producer
Nancy Juvonen, Adam Fields, Sean McKittrick, Flower Films, Pandora Film, Newmarket Films

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Nicholle

I like this movie but it is pretty strange. Donnie Darko is a troubled teen who doesn't get along with anyone except for Gretchen. He also sees a psychiatrist. Donnie sleepwalks out of his house one night, and sees a giant, demonic-looking rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. When he returns to his house, he sees that a jet engine crashed through his bedroom. Frank continues to turn up in Donnie's mind, causing him to commit acts of vandalism while trying to figure out what is going on.