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Film Review – Donnie Darko

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Good evening ladies and gentlemen, welcome to …’s Blockbusters with myself, ... The first film I will be reviewing tonight is a modern gothic film called Donnie Darko. Released in 2001, this film was written and directed by Richard Kelly who has also written and directed films such as Southland Tales and The Box. With a 4.5 billion dollar budget this film is rated R due to coarse language, some drug use, and violence. With a strong cast of actors and actresses including Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary McDonnell, Jena Malone, Patrick Swayze, Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale and Seth Rogen it is not surprising the film has been so successful. It is probable that you have at least heard of it as it has become popular due to the intense plot that has captivated audiences. If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for?
The plot revolves around Donnie Darko (played by Jake Gyllenhaal), a troubled teenage boy that we follow through a journey of discovering time travel along with his girlfriend Gretchen (played by Jena Malone) and his therapist Dr Thurmin that unlocks many of his secrets. Donnie is plagued by visions of a giant rabbit called Frank that tells him the world will end in 28 days leading him to commit crimes and leading his family to believe he has a mental illness. Donnie is lying in bed when Frank first contacts him and leads him out of his house. In Donnie’s then empty room a plane engine falls from the sky and destroys half the house, which should have also destroyed Donnie if it wasn’t for Frank’s interference. The event and Donnie’s escape are both left to one possible conclusion; the supernatural.
Donnie Darko is often described as a drama, science fiction and a psychological thriller but although it has elements from each of these, at heart it is part of the gothic genre. The film fits into the gothic genre because of the...