History Film / DonnieDarko

5th Feb '16 9:06:00 PM CountMontoni
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** Nothing but hits in 1988 would have been Def Leppard, Guns and Roses. Echo and the Bunnymen, The Church, And Joy Division are much more popular now than they were in the 80s, where they were at best MTV novelties in American suburbia at the time. It is notable that most of it, with the exception of 'Under the Milky Way" had been released several years before the events of the film, which would be realistic for the time.
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** Nothing but hits in 1988 would have been Def Leppard, Guns and Roses. Echo and the Bunnymen, The Church, And Joy Division are much more popular now than they were in the 80s, where they were at best MTV novelties in American suburbia at the time. time, and [[CultSoundtrack associated with self-styled outcasts and art kids]]. It is notable that most of it, with the exception of 'Under the Milky Way" had been released several years before the events of the film, which would be realistic for the time.time. * StabTheScorpion: Frank saves Donnie from a very bizarre death, [[spoiler: thus creating an alternate timeline where the world ends and certain bad people continue to hurt others longer than they would otherwise]]. ** Donnie: ''"I have to obey him. He saved my life."''
26th Jan '16 1:22:54 AM aye_amber
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A cult MindScrew film, set in October 1988, about a schizophrenic teenager called Donnie Darko (Creator/JakeGyllenhaal) who sees a demonic rabbit figure named "Frank" while sleepwalking. Frank tells him that the world will end in 28 days, just before a jet engine crashes into Donnie's bedroom. Donnie credits Frank with saving his life by causing him to sleepwalk out of the house, and begins to do Frank's bidding, while gradually trying to uncover the strange events around him which [[MindScrew may or may not]] be related either to TimeTravel, an [[AnotherDimension Alternate Dimension]], or Donnie's worsening [[TheSchizophreniaConspiracy Schizophrenia]].
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A cult MindScrew film, set in October 1988, about a schizophrenic teenager called Donnie Darko (Creator/JakeGyllenhaal) who sees a demonic rabbit figure named "Frank" while sleepwalking. Frank tells him that the world will end in 28 days, just before a jet engine crashes into Donnie's bedroom. Donnie credits Frank with saving his life by causing him to sleepwalk out of the house, and begins to do Frank's bidding, while gradually trying to uncover the strange events around him which [[MindScrew may or may not]] be related either to TimeTravel, an [[AnotherDimension Alternate Dimension]], or Donnie's worsening [[TheSchizophreniaConspiracy Schizophrenia]]. Schizophrenia.]]
1st Jan '16 12:20:07 PM bt8257
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** If you haven't seen ''{{Harvey}}'' then much of the situational humor will fall flat. A [[InvisibletoNormals big white rabbit that no one can see]] as referenced by a hallucinating nice guy [[spoiler:and [[NotSoImaginaryFriend may or may not be real]] ]]
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** If you haven't seen ''{{Harvey}}'' then much of the situational humor will fall flat. A [[InvisibletoNormals [[InvisibleToNormals big white rabbit that no one can see]] as referenced by a hallucinating nice guy [[spoiler:and [[NotSoImaginaryFriend may or may not be real]] ]]

19th Nov '15 7:27:38 AM Christensen
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* FauxHorrorFilm: This movie was marketed in every way as a straight horror film instead of the dream-like, supernatural [[MindScrew mind-screwy]] coming of age high school movie it is. It's creepy, but never really horror.
11th Aug '15 4:00:32 PM demonfiren
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Debatable. Donnie's father, Eddie Darko, chokes out a chuckle at the "he told me to forcibly insert the lifeline exercise into my anus" line. However, he's actually rather crass for an 80's dad, if the opening montage where he blasts Elisabeth with a leaf blower didn't already clue you in.
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Debatable. Donnie's father, Eddie Darko, chokes out a chuckle at the "he told me to forcibly insert the lifeline exercise into my anus" line. However, he's actually rather crass for an 80's dad, if the opening montage where he blasts Elisabeth with a leaf blower didn't already clue you in.\\
10th Aug '15 3:09:00 PM omnicritic
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Earlier in the film, Donnie argues with his sister and tells her to "Suck a fuck." She retorts by asking how that's even possible, before there's a pause, followed by both of them laughing.
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Earlier in the film, Donnie argues with his sister and she tells her him to "Suck a fuck." She He retorts by asking how that's even possible, before there's a pause, followed by both of them laughing.
10th Aug '15 3:06:06 PM omnicritic
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Earlier in the film, Donnie argues with his sister and tells her to "Suck a fuck." She retorts by asking how that's even possible, before there's a pause, followed by both of them laughing.
5th Aug '15 10:00:39 AM CountMontoni
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** Samantha Darko writes a short story for her class called ''Film/TheLastUnicorn''.
29th Jul '15 1:31:34 PM arsepoetica
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:If you think about it, the whole movie is this. Donnie would have died outright had Frank not spoken to him and gotten him out of bed: thus the entire rest of the movie. The whole purpose of the film seems to be allowing Donnie to come to terms with his premature death, and to realize that sad as it is, it's way better than the alternative of the world ending.]]
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:If you think about it, the whole movie is this. Donnie would have died outright had Frank not spoken to him and gotten him out of bed: thus the entire rest of the movie. The whole purpose of the film seems to be allowing Donnie to come to terms with his premature death, and to realize that sad as it is, it's way better than the alternative of the world ending. Furthermore, Donnie's survival results in the deaths of his girlfriend, mother, sister, and Frank, as well as his English teacher losing her job. Patrick Swayze's character, on the flipside, gets away with his nefarious activities, at least for awhile.]]
11th Jul '15 7:38:53 PM Shedemei
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** May not be the case. In the director's cut, Dr. Thurman tells Donnie that [[spoiler:the pills are not actually antipsychotics but placebos]].

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** In the director's cut, it is revealed that alternate ("tangent") universes are inherently unstable and can only last, oh, about 28 days before collapsing, which can endanger the existence of the primary universe. Once the artifact (the jet engine) is returned to the primary universe, the tangent universe no longer contains the anomaly of having a duplicate object from the primary universe (the artifact) in it and unravels without forming a black hole. Presumably, the people in the tangent universe cease to exist in the tangent universe but go on living in the primary universe.
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