Quicksand Hourglass
Donnie Darko
Review by Ross Anthony

I'm not sure I quite understand it, but aside from a very awkward send off, "Donnie Darko" reels the viewer in like a bad dream, like a black hole, like a tempting impossibility, like a quicksand hourglass.

With a release date so near that of a tragic East Coast plane crash, you'll nearly gasp at the eerie coincidence. As with that plane, earlier on in the film a jet engine drops from the sky into a residential area.

If you like odd films, time travel, psychological thrillers and bad bunny suits, you'll be enthralled. Though dark, this is not a horror flick.

After you see the film, check out the website for the sequel (sort of): http://www.donniedarko.com.

Btw, Drew, Noah, and Patrick appear only in rather minor roles; Jake Gyllenhaal ("Bubble Boy," "October Sky") carries this Donnie - he's very good as the troubled teen.

  • Donnie Darko. Copyright © 2001. Rated R.
  • Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Noah Wyle, Jena Malone, Katharine Ross, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Daveigh Chase, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Duval, Beth Grant.
  • Directed by Richard Kelly.
  • Written by Richard Kelly.
  • Produced by Nancy Juvonen at Flower Films/NewMarket/IFC.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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