Celebrate Halloween with "Donnie Darko"
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Published: 10/20/2009 4:17 AM
Print this article While it didn't wow critics and audiences at the box office, "Donnie Darko" has since become a cult hit. Since Richard Kelly's fantasy tale of time travel is set around Halloween, there's no better time to watch this often confusing but extremely intriguing movie.
Donnie Darko, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, is not exactly the average teenager. He first appears waking up, alone, in the middle of a deserted road and is apparently suffering from some kind of mental illness. Later, he is confronted by the giant rabbit, Frank, who explains that the world will end, very precisely, in 8 days, 6 hours, 4 minutes and 12 seconds.
If things couldn't get any worse, Donnie's house is destroyed by a wayward jet engine that mysteriously falls from the sky. Frank continues to appear to Donnie, eventually prompting him to learn more about time travel. In between Donnie's problems at school, his new girlfriend and the mysterious "Grandma Death," he works to solve Frank's mystery and prevent the world from ending.
For extra information and insight into the philosophy behind "Donnie Darko," be sure to watch the director's cut on DVD. This version includes excerpts from the film's featured book, "The Philosophy of Time Travel."
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