Donnie Darko (Director's Cut)

20th Century Fox Released 2001


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Richard Kelly
Donnie Darko (Director's Cut) is the extended version of the 2001 indie slipstream cult-sensation starring Jake Gyllenhaal alongside real life sister Maggie Gyllenhaal, and is now available on Amazon. Re-released in 2005 with 20 extra minutes of footage, This mind-bending thriller is Richard Kelly's debut film, of which he has director and writer credit. It had surprising success despite a limited box office release, though It's popularity is mostly attributed to DVD sales. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the film's title role, a high school student troubled with apocalyptic visions brought on by a giant talking bunny named Frank. Frank convinces Donnie the world in going to end in 28 days if he does not stop it. Donnie's visions leads him on a quest to find the truth about time travel. His condition, and general lack of belonging in his white collar suburban town, often makes him the speaker of uncomfortable truth. This quality attracts new student Gretchen (Jena Malone) who's own dark past makes her an outcast. Frank guides Donnie on a series of crimes, including burning down the house of local celebrity Jim Cunningham (Patrick Swayze) who proves to be child pornographer when his porn dungeon is discovered in the rubble. Donnie must learn how to travel back through time in order to stop a series of horrible events from happening. Drew Barrymore produces and stars as well.moreless

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  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    “Donnie Darko" was one of the best pictures released in 2001. Now that it has returned in a 20-minute longer--and richer -- director's cut, it seems sure to be ranked as one of th...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The director's cut adds footage that enriches and extends the material but doesn't alter its tone. It adds footnotes that count down to a deadline, but without explaining the natur...

  • 75

    San Francisco Chronicle

    To members of the Darko cult, this may not be an improvement, but it could help this compelling and extremely moving film find the audience it deserves.

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