U.S., 2001, 113 min, 35mm, Dir. Richard Kelly, Rated R, Park Circus
"Donnie Darko will knock you flat." – Jan Stuart, Los Angeles Times
Late one night, Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) is led out of his home by Frank, a monstrous six-foot rabbit that only he can see. Frank informs his fellow classmates that the world will end in 28 days. The following morning, Donnie discovers a jet engine has crash-landed on the floor of his bedroom. From there, things only get stranger. Richard Kelly’s directorial debut is a daring, original vision, packed with jarring ideas and intelligence. Its mind-bending time travel plot is layered with themes of existentialism and spirituality, staples of Kelly’s work. The baby-faced Gyllenhaal broke through in his role as a troubled and mentally deranged individual, which has become a staple of his acting repertoire as seen in films such as Enemy and Nightcrawler.
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