Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

DVD - 2001 | 15th anniversary edition.
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"Donnie Darko is a disturbed adolescent from a semi-functional, upper-middle class family, gifted with a sharp intellect and vivid imagination but he's also a bit weird. Donnie's off his medication and when his boredom is obliterated by a falling airline engine, he becomes increasingly delusional and convinced the world will end in 28 days. Aided by an imaginary friend, he embarks on an increasingly crazed series of actions, which horrify his teachers, scare his parents and amaze his friends." -- jbhifi.com.au.
Publisher: ©2001
Australia, Distributed by Madman Entertainment,, ©2016.
Edition: 15th anniversary edition.
Copyright Date: ©2001
Branch Call Number: FILM
Characteristics: 3 DVDs (113 + 134 + 142 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm.
Region 4

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Donna_R May 15, 2017

A moody ominous and weirdly beautiful movie with alternative universes and alternative directions at its heart.


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JStuart23
Oct 01, 2017

A fascinating movie with an interesting concept of time. I like Sci-Fi so I spent time trying to analyze the movie as I was watching it...which is good, it keeps you thinking. Worth checking out.

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BPDaegan
Sep 25, 2017

When I start watching a DVD I haven't seen before I tend to go to the bonus features to see what's offered -- my quirky little practice, whatever...
I watched the trailer. I pulled the disc out of my DVD player, put it back into the case, and popped it on my Return To The Library stack.
Just not my bag of .... whatever.

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joelollo21
Oct 14, 2016

Great film, perfect if you want something non-scary for halloween. The music really helps carry the plot and the film has top-quality acting.

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Charlie68
Sep 20, 2016

The reasons I like this film. 1) the music, 2) the obscure literature referenced in said film, 3) it has this dream like quality and has some thing to say.

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Jayroc
Apr 02, 2016

This is a cult classic. I love it so much that I rewatch once or twice a year. It is genius!

Elafi Dec 29, 2015

What an incredible film--reminiscent of Jamin Winan's Ink. A little difficult (read: very difficult) to understand without the background provided by the featured book (a copy of which is included in the Special Features section of the DVD), but once you have that, you have a splendidly dark film. One of the only time travel stories I've ever been able to enjoy. One caveat: There's a fair bit of development of minor characters that seemingly trails off into nothing, although they gain more meaning through the ending.

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Jayroc
Sep 03, 2015

Brilliant!!! A cult classic that should not be missed.

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rswcove
Aug 01, 2015

I am finding that a lot of the movies and books that I really hate- and I mean fiercely and violently hate- are the ones that people think are clever when said films are actually being obtuse. I also have noticed that I hate movies that include unsympathetic protagonists and try to convince me that likable characters are somehow fake. This movie wants to be clever and edgy and brilliant so badly, but it isn't. It's got nice music though. so yea?

Aka_Aka_Aka Feb 05, 2015

Yeah. Just like Blade Runner, I strongly suspect that Donnie Darko is, yet, another one of those pictures that no one (supposedly in their right mind) is allowed to dislike.

For me, I find myself literally straddling the fence over how I honestly feel about this picture.

Yes. Donnie Darko's story certainly did contain some genuinely compelling moments - And, yes, its story had a lot of potential - But, with all of that said, its final product left a whole lot to be desired.

Donnie Darko's story tells the mighty dark tale of a very screwy & psychotic rich kid who, in order to vent out his destructive and irrational behavior, conveniently invents an imaginary friend (in the goofy image of a 6 ft. tall rabbit, named Frank, with really fukked-up teeth) who encourages him to hit out, big-time, at the ones who he hates the most.

With an almost "Smurf-like" philosophy, Donnie Darko certainly fell mighty short of its ambitions when it took a decidedly weak stab at trying the explain the plausibility of time travel.

For all of the interesting ideas that this picture brought to the fore, unfortunately, its story built to a very unsatisfactory conclusion.

And finally - Why, in the movies, does it always seem that it's only children of wealthy parents who encounter such fantastic experiences as those that faced Donnie Darko?

Why is Holywood so unwilling to make a film of this sort with characters in it whose lifestyles are somewheres within the range of my own income bracket?

Chapel_Hill_AmerB Jan 16, 2015

A creepy good time of a genre bending psychological/sci-fi movie with a soundtrack that is arguably one of the best ever, replete with all of the hits from the 80's. They are as follows:
1."Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS
2."Head Over Heels" by Tears for Fears
3."Under the Milky Way" by The Church
4."Lucid Memory" by Sam Bauer and Gerard Bauer
5."Lucid Assembly" by Gerard Bauer and Mike Bauer
6."Ave Maria" by Vladimir Vavilov and Paul Pritchard
7."For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Steve Baker and Carmen Daye
8."Show Me (Part 1)" by Quito Colayco and Tony Hertz
9."Notorious" by Duran Duran
10."Stay" by Oingo Boingo
11."Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division
12."The Killing Moon" by Echo & the Bunnymen

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joelollo21
Oct 14, 2016

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
Their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow

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Charlie68
Sep 20, 2016

Gretchen; And what if you could go back in time and take all those hours of pain and darkness and replace them with something better?

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Charlie68
Sep 20, 2016

Gretchen; Donnie Darko....what the hell kind of name is that? Sounds like some kind of super-hero.

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britprincess1
Jun 04, 2012

Sometimes I question your commitment to Sparkle Motion!

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Emily Bates: Mom said the school is closed today because it's flooded, and there's feces everywhere!
Susie Bates: What are feces?
Emily Bates: Baby mice.
Susie Bates: Aww.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Dr. Lilian Thurman: Has he ever told you about his friend Frank?
Rose Darko: Frank?
Dr. Lilian Thurman: Yes, the giant bunny rabbit...
Edward Darko: What?
Rose Darko: ...I don't recall him ever having mentioned a rabbit...

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Donnie: My parents didn't get me what I wanted for Christmas.
Dr. Lilian Thurman: What did you want?
Donnie: Hungry Hungry Hippos.
Dr. Lilian Thurman: And how did you feel, being denied these hungry, hungry hippos?
Donnie: Regret.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Donnie: You are such a f**kass.
Elizabeth: Did you just call me a f**kass? You can go suck a f**k.
Donnie: Oh, please, tell me Elizabeth, how exactly does one suck a f**k?

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Donnie: Why do you wear that stupid bunny suit?
Frank: Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Gretchen: My mom had to get a restraining order against my stepdad. He has emotional problems.
Donnie: Oh, I have those too! What kind of emotional problems does your dad have?
Gretchen: He stabbed my mom four times in the chest.
Donnie: Oh.

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TheMadTabby
May 16, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: It is a dark movie after all.

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TheMadTabby
May 16, 2013

Violence: Plane accident, attempted rape scene, other violence.

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TheMadTabby
May 16, 2013

Coarse Language: F word used a lot.

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TheMadTabby
May 16, 2013

Sexual Content: Attempted rape scene, other sexual scenes.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Anarchy_Bunny
Sep 03, 2009

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Lexikal
Sep 24, 2011

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

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Anarchy_Bunny
Sep 03, 2009

Anarchy_Bunny thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.

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