In this director’s cut edition of the cult hit Donnie Darko, writer-director Richard Kelly revamps his debut film, an edgy psychological thriller about a suburban teen coming face-to-face with his own dark destiny. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a delusional high school student visited by a demonic rabbit with eerie visions of the past … and deadly predictions for the future. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wyle and Jena Malone co-star. (Netflix)
Well, that was a curious little movie. And somewhat of a letdown. I was following, trying to figure out what happens next, and then the ending happened. I literally said. “What the hell just happened?” And apparently, the director’s cut (the version I was watching) explained even MORE than the original! I mean I’m all for endings that leave the viewer guessing and coming up with different interpretations, but if I have to go online and use Yahoo answers to explain the ending, then that’s a little bit too much guessing. Now that I get the ending, overall not a bad movie. Jake Gyllenhaal is fantastic in the titular role, and Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, and others really complete this cast. It’s extremely dark and twisting, and you are constantly trying to figure out what is going on. Also. Random fun tidbit. In this movie there are three future stars that got their start or were starting in this movie. Most people know about Seth Rogen, who played the bully’s sidekick. But how about Ashley Tisdale (Sharpay in HSM) or Jerry Trainor (Spencer in iCarly)? The two of them have these bit parts during the motivational talk given by Patrick Swayze’s character. Random I know, but it was kind of funny when I looked at the screen and was like: Spencer?! Anyway, back to the movie. An interesting movie that will keep you guessing all the way through…as well as after the credits are done rolling. But, entertaining nonetheless.