Richard Kelly's incredibly loose adaptation of Richard Matheson's short story gets off to an intriguing start, but soon looses its way completely. It's a well-shot film, with some solid performances (with the exception of an accent-mangling Cameron Diaz), but the plot degenerates into something like a half-baked fan script for 'The X-Files', leading to a cheesy, emotionally forced climax. Another miss for Kelly.
The original short story and the Twilight Zone episode had already made clear where this premise could go: nowhere. Kelly uses the ending twist of the TV version as a starting point of yet another batshit apocalyptic mess, drawing heavily from Christian Mythology and Sartre's "No Exit." More cohesive than "Southland Tales," but that's not saying much. Unfortunately, it seems "Donnie Darko" was a total fluke.