#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Donnie Darko doesn’t get along too well with his family, his teachers and his classmates; but he does manage to find a sympathetic friend in Gretchen, who agrees to date him. He has a compassionate psychiatrist, who discovers hypnosis is the means to unlock hidden secrets. His other companion may not be a true ally. Donnie has a friend named Frank – a large bunny which only Donnie can see. When an engine falls off a plane and destroys his bedroom, Donnie is not there. Both the event, and Donnie’s escape, seem to have been caused by supernatural events. Donnie’s mental illness, if such it is, may never allow him to find out for sure.
Plot: 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.
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A complete mind-bender of a movie that put Jake Gyllenhall on the map, introduced the creepiest rabbit costume of all time, and may make you surprisingly tear up to a remake of Tears for Fears “Mad World.”
***Cult flick with sophisticated themes, great cast, but meh story***
Released in 2001 and written/directed by Richard Kelly, “Donnie Darko” is a drama/fantasy starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a troubled California teen dogged by apparitions of a man in an evil rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit several crimes, after he narrowly escapes a peculiar accident concerning a jet engine falling from the sky. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays his sister, Holmes Osborne & Mary McDonnell his parents, Drew Barrymore his teacher, Katharine Ross his therapist, Jena Malone his girlfriend, Noah Wyle his science teacher and Patrick Swayze a self-help guru. Patience Cleveland is on hand as Grandma Death.
While the movie flopped at the box office, it has since become a serious cult hit. I saw it recently for the first time and went into it cold without knowing anything about the intricacies behind the plot. The only thing I knew was that the kid was harassed by an ee-vil bunny apparition. The film mildly works as a high school drama with a satirical smirk. But the story’s just not engaging enough on that level. While the movie has some quality women, it fails to capitalize on their presence (Barrymore, for instance, is barely in it). But Jake is a solid protagonist, even somewhat sympathetic despite the curious things he does.
By the middle of the second act I found myself getting bored with the story and trying to figure out what was going on, but the film perks up in the last act, particularly when it reveals the truth about the scary bunny guy. After viewing, my overall impression was that the story never really took off and was burdened by perplexing ambiguities even while possessing some fascinating elements. I came up with a theory to explain the events (explained below) but, upon reflection, I realized that all the pieces didn’t fit. And the movie simply wasn’t entertaining enough to bang my head further trying to figure it out. I would’ve given the movie a mediocre 5/10 rating, but after investigating the official meaning and the alternative explanations I had to admit that the film is genius in this respect. It just needed to be attached to a more interesting story with more stimulating characters.
The film runs 113 minutes, which is the version I saw; the Director’s Cut runs 20 minutes longer. It was shot in Los Angeles and surrounding areas (Angeles National Forest, Long Beach, Santa Monica, Santa Clarita, Burbank & Calabasas).
ADDITIONAL COMMENTARY (***SPOILER ALERT*** Don’t read unless you’ve seen the movie):
My casual interpretation turned out to be one of the alternative explanations of the movie, the so-called “Donnie Is Shown the Future” explanation, which suggests that Donne is shown the future via the future ghost of Frank and so he sacrifices himself at the end to save everyone. But, as noted above, there are too many holes in this interpretation.
A couple of other popular explanations are the banal Schizophrenia Theory, where the film shows the protagonist going through an episode of his illness, and the Dream Theory, where it was “all just a dream,” which is too clichéd and idiotic to even consider.
The ‘official’ interpretation I would’ve never pieced together because it’s just too sci-fi-oriented and complex: It’s the Tangent Universe Theory, which suggests that time in the Primary Universe (i.e. reality) is occasionally corrupted and an unstable alternative universe is created, but it will only last a few weeks. Nevertheless, it threatens to destroy the universe. The events you see happening in the bulk of the film are this alternative reality where the universe (or God) is correcting the error to get back to the Primary Universe using an Artifact (the jet engine), The Living Receiver (Jake Gyllenhaal), a Manipulated Dead person (the bunny guy), and so on. Google it and you’ll see that the Tangent Universe explanation ties up all the loose ends.
the dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
“Harvey” meets “The Mothman Prophecies,” as a troubled teen starts hallucinating a horrific 6-foot-tall bunny rabbit that brings him dark forebodings about death and disaster in the very near future. A streak of “Heathers” is mixed in as well, with trenchant satirical observations of high-school life in the late ’80s (story set in Oct. 1988), involving a priggish teacher, a self-help guru (Patrick Swayze!), and a put-upon fat girl at the fringes of the herd. Finally, a whiff of “Back to the Future,” in the form of a local eccentric who just may have discovered the secret of time travel, but a secret that has more to do with spirituality than technology.
A lot goes on here. There’s a meditation on the possible overlap between madness and the ability to perceive the divine. There’s a demonstration of why, in the Bible, angelic messengers (if that’s what “Frank” can be taken to be) are often so terrifying that they have to start by saying “Fear not.” There’s an enlistment of what martial artists refer to as the “ki” (or personal energy, emanating from a person’s midsection) in the type of time travel depicted here (the term “ki” is never used in the flick, but the term “path,” another word for Tao or “Way,” is). Quantum physics theory about wormholes is tied to the Fortean phenomenon of things falling unexplained from the sky, in a way that’s more pivotal, and therefore more interesting, than the gratuitous rain of frogs in “Magnolia.”
Time travel paradoxes and ironies enter the picture as well. One character (no spoiler!), whose life is saved by Donnie’s ultimate trip back in time, wouldn’t have died in the first place if he hadn’t dragged her along to the opening of the wormhole. Another character (again, no spoiler!), whose truly terrible secret comes to light in the wake of an arson investigation, must go unexposed as a result of that same time reversal, since the arson now won’t happen. Surely that’s no oversight on the part of the screenwriter; it must be an acknowledgment of the choices and trade-offs in life, as well as of a confidence that no such terrible secret can remain hidden forever.
Somehow this pastiche works, largely on the strength of good performances. Jake Gyllenhaal is appropriately moody and, also appropriately, not always likeable in the title role. Drew Barrymore, who executive produced, appears as a frustrated first-year teacher. The movie’s often dreamlike atmosphere is enhanced by the cinematography, the subdued but effective special effects, and the choice of the music on the soundtrack, which includes ’80’s pop tunes, of course, and a haunting original song (over the end credits) titled “Mad World.”
Not for all tastes, but better, stranger, and more complex than I expected.
It’s Emperor’s New Clothes Time!
The people who are twisting themselves in knots trying to analyse the ‘philosophy’ of this movie belong in the same group as those who try to divine the meaning behind the Matrix films. Read some actual philosophy, for Christ’s sake, or watch classic Art movies which engage with ideas in a coherant manner, instead of getting excited soley because a movie was made recently, marketed to your age group, and is associated with a hit single. The reality is that this is the best recent example of a pop-cultural product which is popular ONLY because it’s pitched as arty and difficult to understand.
There’s nothing to understand. None of the sub-plots (the infomercial guy, the *beep* about Grahame Greene, or wormholes, or the other stuff about censorship) have anything to do with the central plot about Frank, Donnie and his girlfriend. They are included to create the illusion that this movie has a message, when there is really nothing there. All of the anti-censorship arguments have been made far more effectively before, in movies dedicated to that theme; none of the other stuff links together or goes anywhere.
The plot twists in the sub-plots are all tediously obvious, as are the character’s attitudes to them (like Donnie immediately seeing that Jim Cunningham is the antichrist – and look, he’s found to be a pederast! Or the whole thing about Drew Barrymore’s character being a saint crushed by a repressive system, or the street thug dudes, who walk into the film, gurn a bit, threaten Don with a knife, then walk out again until they’re needed later). The plot twists in the main plot all come totally out of the blue by using the supernatural cop-out clause as permission for the story to go in any direction it likes. When movies like Godsend do that, everyone rightly points out how stupid it is. But then, Godsend isn’t regarded as Art.
The worst part is the way this film wastes it’s one original idea – the concept of a disturbed teenager who can see a 6′ apocalyptic bunny rabbit. Wouldn’t it have been great if Frank had been kept mysterious, or turned out to be some kind of demon with a direct, properly explained role in the plot? No, he takes his bunny head off halfway through, and is shown to be merely a guy in a suit who drives a car over someone at a key moment.
You need to watch more movies, people.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 53 min (113 min), 2 hr 14 min (134 min) (director’s cut)
Genre Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director Richard Kelly
Writer Richard Kelly
Actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Holmes Osborne, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daveigh Chase
Awards 12 wins & 16 nominations.
Production Company Gaylord Films, Pandora Cinema, Adam Fields Productions, Flower Films
Sound Mix DTS (theatrical version), DTS (5.1), Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Millennium, Panavision Primo, C- and E-Series Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length (6 reels) (original release), (7 reels) (director’s cut)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 800T 5289)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (2021 remaster), Dolby Vision, Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Fuji)