Donnie Darko sets a new standard in independent film making. By far, it will be one of the strangest, yet compelling films you'll ever see for a long time. This film is certainly something to put next to the likes of What The Bleep Do We Know?, and The Butterfly Effect.
From the very start, you're placed smack bang in the middle of something you'll never, ever, be able to comprehend. For the whole film, you'll be wondering what will happen next, as well as wonder why you're where you are in the first place. Jake Gyllenhaal makes an excellent protagonist in what might be the strangest film in his career.
There is a lot of philosophy in this film, as well as applied physics. Donnie, being a troubled young man, and also being depressive, has a lot of thoughts running through his head at one time. Throughout the film, you'll see just how troubled, yet brilliant he can be, with some of the strangest, yet stunning one-liners, and prose you'll hear in a film. He'll make something seem completely plausible, even if before you had doubt in it. The meaning of life, the true reason for Smurfs, and time travel, all explained by Donnie, with the help of a book, and an over zealous science teacher.
Donnie Darko will leave you heart struck, and amazed at just how easily things will unfold, and when something can go wrong, it will undeniably go wrong. Uncover how people hide their true persona's and understand what it's like to be in the position of a troubled young man such as Donnie.
Superb acting from the entire cast, and scenes that will stick in your mind for ever, Donnie Darko: The Directors Cut is not only an improvment to the original film, but is most certainly a direct contender to any film ever made. Don't let the positive hype put you off. You must see this film yourself to really appreciate just how beautiful it is.