History Film / DonnieDarko

7th Jan '18 4:06:54 AM thelocalbaloneysupply
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* DiabolusExMachina: The jet engine, at least in-universe. It's mentioned that nobody, not even the FAA, has any idea where it came from, as if it literally only exists to [[spoiler: kill Donnie, and in doing so drive the plot]].

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* DevilInPlainSight: [[spoiler:Jim Cunningham. Due to most of the ancillary characters' WeirdnessCensor, nobody seems to notice that Cunningham gropes the ass of the young boy he is hugging in one of his [[PleaseSubscribeToOurChannel "Attitudinal Beliefs"]] videos.]]
--> '''Frank:''' [voice-over] Pay close attention. You might miss it.
* DiabolusExMachina: The jet engine, at least in-universe. It's mentioned that nobody, not even the FAA, has any idea where it came from, as if it literally only exists to [[spoiler: kill Donnie, and in doing so [[MacGuffin drive the plot]].plot]]]].
5th Jan '18 11:50:36 AM eroock
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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Inverted. At the beginning of the film, Frank tells Donnie that in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds, "the world will end." [[spoiler:While this ends up being true for Donnie, for everyone else in the film (with the exception of the Darko family), it is just another day of the week (even though it happens to be Halloween)]].
5th Jan '18 3:55:45 AM thelocalbaloneysupply
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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Inverted. At the beginning of the film, Frank tells Donnie that in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds, "the world will end." [[spoiler:While this ends up being true for Donnie, for everyone else in the film (with the exception of the Darko family), it is just another day of the week (even though it happens to be Halloween)]].
5th Jan '18 1:55:36 AM thelocalbaloneysupply
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** Donnie's father, Eddie, tries (unsuccessfully) not to laugh when Samantha innocently asks "what's a 'fuck-ass'?" after she hears it during the "suck a fuck" exchange between Donnie and Elizabeth during dinner.
5th Jan '18 1:22:04 AM thelocalbaloneysupply
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* FreezeFrameBonus: One scene opens with a shot of Chapter 6, page 1 of [[AllThereInTheManual 'The Philosophy of Time Travel']], entitled 'The Living Receiver.' The next page spells out more than a few details - [[spoiler:specifically, that Donnie is a Living Receiver]]. The text states: "The Living Receiver is often blessed with Fourth Dimensional Powers. These include increased strength [[spoiler:(Donnie sinking the axe into the Mongrel's head, even though it's solid bronze)]], telekenesis, mindcontrol (sic), and the ability to conjure fire [[spoiler:(Donnie burning down Jim Cunningham's house)]] and water [[spoiler:(Donnie flooding the school by destroying the water main)]]." The book also explains that "The Living Receiver is often tormented by ''terrifying dreams, visions, and auditory hallucinations'' during his time within the Tangent Universe" (emphasis added for effect).
22nd Dec '17 2:25:50 PM Malady
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A [[DirectorsCut director's cut]] version was constructed by Kelly several years after the original release. It greatly alters the pacing of the movie by the addition of deleted scenes, new digital effects and soundtrack alterations. The author considers this version not a director's cut but rather an "extended special edition". Fan opinions are somewhat divided as to which version is better.

Rumors of [[SDarko a sequel]] have been [[FanonDiscontinuity vehemently denied by fans for years]].

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A [[DirectorsCut director's cut]] DirectorsCut version was constructed by Kelly several years after the original release. It greatly alters the pacing of the movie by the addition of deleted scenes, new digital effects and soundtrack alterations. The author considers this version not a director's cut but rather an "extended special edition". Fan opinions are somewhat divided as to which version is better.

Rumors of [[SDarko [[Film/SDarko a sequel]] have been [[FanonDiscontinuity vehemently denied by fans for years]].
9th Dec '17 1:38:42 AM eroock
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* DeathIsTheOnlyOption: By the end Donnie realizes that his own actions lead to Gretchen's death and that he must save the future from himself.
9th Dec '17 12:47:45 AM arrgh
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** Actually, the reference to "Last Temptation of Christ" makes sense, if you've seen the movie. First off, Donnie is essentially [[spoiler: a Christ figure who saves the world by sacrificing himself]]. Secondly, in Scorsese's film, [[spoiler: Jesus has an extended dream of an alternate life while he is dying on the cross. He must choose whether to live as a normal mortal man or to die to save everyone else--essentially the same choice Donnie had to make. The extended dream sequence is basically analogous to Donnie's time loop in that it gets reset at the end when Jesus chooses to die.]]

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** Actually, the reference to "Last Temptation of Christ" makes sense, if you've seen the movie. First off, Donnie is essentially [[spoiler: a Christ figure who saves the world by sacrificing himself]]. Secondly, in Scorsese's film, [[spoiler: Jesus has an extended dream of an alternate life he can't actually have while he is dying on the cross. He Before the crucifixion, he must choose whether to live as a normal mortal man or to die to save everyone else--essentially else--a lighter version of the same choice Donnie had to make.make (as Donnie himself is doomed regardless). The extended dream sequence is basically analogous to Donnie's time loop in that it gets reset at the end when Jesus chooses to die.]]



* TomatoInTheMirror: The ending reveals that Gretchen's death was the result of Donnie's own actions, that ''he'' is the villain of this story and that he must save the future from himself.
9th Dec '17 12:41:45 AM arrgh
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* WholePlotReference: To TheLastTemptationOfChrist - which is no doubt why it's in the movie. [[spoiler: Both films are about the protagonist seeing a happy life that they cannot achieve, as death is coming for them one way or the other.]]
9th Dec '17 12:38:48 AM arrgh
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* DiabolusExMachina: The jet engine, at least in-universe. It's mentioned that nobody, not even the FAA, has any idea where it came from, as if it literally only exists to [[spoiler: kill Donnie, and in doing so drive the plot]].
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