Donnie Darko is an amazing film. I didn’t find out about it until December 2004, three years after it orignially hit US theatres, and I am ashamed for it.
On the surface it seems to be a teenage story of a confused kid and his visions. A second and third viewing reveal this movie to be much more. Although it comes across as a rather pretentious film, the symbolism and imagery are just too vivid to ignore. A quick (or involved) visit to the web site gives you an inkling of what this film entails.
I’m not going to post a plot summary here; you have to go out and watch this film yourself. Do yourself a favor and watch the original first, followed by the Director’s Cut a day or two later.
“Donnie Darko? What the hell kind of name is that? It’s like you’re some sort of superhero or something.”
“What makes you think I’m not?”