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. –IMDb
Richard Kelly" (born March 28, 1975 in Newport News, Virginia) is an American film director and writer, best known for 2001’s “Donnie Darko”. Born James Richard Kelly, son of Lane Kelly and Ennis Kelly, he grew up in Midlothian, Virginia where he attended Midlothian High School. When he was a child his father worked for NASA on the Mars Viking Lander program.He won a scholarship to Southern California to study at the USC School of Cinema-Television where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He made two short films at USC, “The Goodbye Place” and “Visceral Matter”, before graduating in 1997.
Kelly received only $9,000 to write and direct his film, Donnie Darko in 2001 and was given a budget of just $4,500,000. This was his first feature and was nominated for 21 small awards and won 11 of them including a nomination for a Saturn Award. At the age of 25 he was considered too young to be a professional screenwriter and director. The film later ended up number 2 on the… read more
Too many components of this film lack logic or deny a proper cause and effect relationship for the sake of convenient storytelling.
- How was tangent universe created? Why is the epicenter of this… read review
Richard Kelly’s debut feature is an intricate and unforgettable character study of a tortured young soul. The story centres on troubled Donnie Darko, who is played to shocking conviction by the then… read review
The film Donnie Darko observes a reality where expression is lost and suppressed by the will of the many. Donnie Darko takes a simple story of love and sacrifice and combines it with one of the most… read review