Director: Richard Kelly Run Time: 134 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 2001
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze, Drew Barrymore
The complexities of Richard Kelly’s seminal film Donnie Darko are as rich as the concept of time travel itself. When young Donnie escapes death (by a fallen plane engine in his bedroom), a sequence of events unfold that weave together people, events, time and space on a finite loop, all leading up to the inevitable conclusion that rectifies the world.
Portals, teenage angst, God, and hallucinations that include a giant bunny rabbit named Frank play out spectacularly in this new midnight movie cult classic. Basically, Donnie Darko takes the typical teen struggle genre to a whole new existential level complete with an incredible period soundtrack and ultra-creepy Patrick Swayze.