Dir. Richard Kelly. USA, 2001. 1h 53m. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Katharine Ross, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wyle.
Part psychological suburban horror and part mind-bending science fiction, Donnie Darko is arguably the first cult classic of the 21st century. It follows a maladjusted teenager (played by Jake Gyllenhaal in his breakout role) who is told that the world will end in 28 days 06 hours 42 minutes and 12 seconds by a six-foot rabbit named Frank. This beautiful digital restoration marks the 15th anniversary of its original release.
‘Richard Kelly’s rereleased tale of suburban angst, starring a tremendous Jake Gyllenhaal, is a captivating triumph’ ★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
‘Gyllenhaal's breakthrough performance is simultaneously heartfelt, melancholy and mischievous.’ ★★★★★ Simon Kinnear, Total Film