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Donnie Darko (2001) ★★★★½

Donnie Darko



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


In all my viewings of Donnie Darko, I’ve never once come away with anything other than an enhanced appreciation for the film. It’s mysterious, sad, thought-provoking and surreal. A coming-of-age story that’s unlike any other. I consider it one of the best subtle horror films ever made. There are no true staples of horror in it, but a foreboding dread about life and death, the meaning (or lack thereof) of existence, and the fear of the unknown. It’s lightly seasoned with a science fiction edge that only strengthens the horror.

Nostalgia grabs you if you were a teenager in the late ’80s. Donnie Darko captures the confusion of growing up and innocence lost. Yet this is a timeless movie. It features a great cast of characters, brilliant soundtrack and directing. It never fails to leave you thinking about it for days and makes you feel more melancholy towards the life that currently surrounds you.

Rating: ★★★★½ (out of 5)

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