Site Home > Film & Video > Reviews> Donnie Darko
Site Map Blog About Us
Echopraxia Home
Film, Video & DVD Film & Video | People, Politics & Current Events Politics & Culture | Music & Audio Music & Audio | Books, Magazines, & Publishing Publishing & Books
Cinema Main Page Film & Video
Latest Articles
Film & Video
Hard To Deicide
The Frankenstein & Cain Motifs in Dystopian Cinema: better eat your young before they eat you.
The end of the world can be much more fun than you might think. The last of Ian's ramblings about dystopia in media.
Politics & Culture
Democratic Leadership: A New Oxymoron?
Part Two of "Can the Left Get it Right?
Fight for your Right to Copyfight
RunDMCA, Run: Part 1 in a series on the "copyfight" movements
Alright, Where'd You Hide That Freedom of Information, Anyway?
Ian interviews Joseph Haney, creator of
War Still Sucks
You Don't Have To Be A Liberal To Hate It
Music & Audio
MP3 Dot Bomb
Sifting Through the Wreckage of an Internet Innovator
Creedence Clearwater Revival
You can take the Ian out of the trailer park, but you can't take the...
Rust Never Sleeps
But It Didn't Seem Especially Alert In Seattle
Publishing &Books
Kula by Vlastimil Kula
Published by Taschen Books
Shooting Sex
by Bob Carlos Clarke - Terry mentally undresses strangers on his coffee table

Donnie Darko
Directed by Richard Kelly, Starring Jake and Maggie Gyllenhal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze

Let me say this right now, "Donnie Darko" may have tied with "Fight Club" as my all time favorite movie. Calling it brilliant and astounding, smart and beautiful would be too obvious. "Donnie Darko" touched me like no movie has in a long time, and when I call it strange, I mean it in the best possible way. The most gifted young actor working right now is Jake Gyllenhal, who plays the lead character, Donnie. Donnie has the unfortunate bad luck of waking up in strange places. He sees things that may or may not be there and is suffering from extreme delusion, or is he? Overdescribing this twisting tale would spoil the freshest and most unique movie watching experience you are likely to have this year. Let's just say a giant, menacing rabbit tells Donnie to do things, making Donnie the most exciting and disturbed anti-hero in recent cinematic history. "Donnie Darko," set in the 1980's, captures the angst of being a teenager in the most genuine way I have seen in a movie. This movie will have you laughing until you hurt before kicking in your teeth and making you cry. It is mysterious, and sad, life affirming and painful, like being a teenager. You will not believe this is Richard Kelly's first movie, but you will feel very sorry for him as it will be difficult to make a movie as inspiring and unique as "Donnie Darko." An all star cast, including a fantastic performance from Patrick Swayze will have you rewatching this movie until you know it by heart. The DVD is jam-packed with extras and the commentary tracks are insightful and funny. Do not miss this movie!

Terry Osterhout
February 2003

Donnie Darko

At Amazon

about us | film/video | politics | music | books

© 2005 Echopraxia