Donnie Darko (2001)
Directed by Richard Kelly
Saturday (March 30) and Sunday (March 31) at MIDNITE!
I do believe in time travel. Time travel to the future. Time flows like a river and it seems as if each of us is carried relentlessly along by time’s current. But time is like a river in another way. It flows at different speeds in different places and that is the key to travelling into the future. This idea was first proposed by Albert Einstein over 100 years ago. He realised that there should be places where time slows down, and others where time speeds up. He was absolutely right. And the proof is right above our heads. Up in space. – Stephen Hawking
As a film, Donnie Darko has it all: a great soundtrack with Echo and the Bunnymen and Joy Division, high school drama, moral scams with Patrick Swayze, family struggles, young love, Drew Barrymore…and the fourth-dimension. The narrative complexities involved in Donnie’s bizarre last 28 days on earth are best left to watching the film itself. However, since the idea of space-time, the fourth-dimension, and wormholes can be a bit difficult to wrap our heads around, who better than to explain these “wrinkles in time” and the awe-inspiring thought that it just might be possible to traverse between a primary and tangent universe than Mr. Stephen Hawking…
Related: Watch clips from Hawkings’ Discovery Channel series Into the Universe where, in addition to black holes, there’s great stuff on aliens. And you may want to read some H.P. Lovecraft as a cautionary tale of what happens when a portal opens up between two concurrent dimensions!