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Two teachers immune to easy answers are Donnie's sympathetic English teacher (Drew Barrymore, terrific in the type of role she desperately needs to play more often) and his science teacher (Noah Wyle), who offers Donnie the clue to unlocking what's going on — a book about time travel written years before by Donnie's neighbor, a possibly deranged 101-year-old recluse nicknamed Grandma Death.

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Richard Kelly's, Donnie Darko, introduces the protagonist as a teenage boy who is given the chance to live for twenty-eight more days after the mysterious jet engine crash that was intended to kill him.

 

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The directing and the cast are top notch. “Donnie Darko” marks debut of its director/writer Richard Kelly. No question or doubt arises from the film of his strong talent. Director Kelly, indeed, creates an intriguing film which immediately hooks the viewer with its twists and turns. In the forefront, Jake Gyllenhaal is able to expertly show Donnie’s troubles through his facial motions and body language. While Donnie is an outcast, his character is very well-rounded, and the audience could empathize with some of his actions. Albeit, his behavior isn’t always appropriate, but he remains relatable.


Why did Clooney throw these two families — the silent, suffering black trio and the increasingly chaotic white folks next door — into the same movie? The thematic link is that both stories supposedly rip the mask off the Dark Face of Suburbia. Everything looks so geometrically orderly from a distance, you see, but up close? Dark, my friends, dark. Chilling, even. Horrific, at times. This is such a groundbreaking point that it has never before been considered in the history of cinema, except in American Beauty, The Stepford Wives, The Ice Storm, Blue Velvet, Donnie Darko, Happiness, Revolutionary Road, The Virgin Suicides, Little Children, Imaginary Heroes, Pleasantville, Serial Mom, Stuck in the Suburbs, The End of Suburbia, Escape from Suburbia, SubUrbia, etc. It seems likely that more Americans may have been murdered via horrific and hilarious means in movies about suburbs than in the actual suburbs where most Americans live. You think you’re normal, but you’re not is the urgent, even angry message Clooney, Damon, et al. wish to convey. Movies involve projection in more ways than one.


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This is followed by shots of Donnie's shrouded body being wheeled away, of his weeping family, and finally by Gretchen riding by on her bike and stopping to ask what happened, where a small boy tells her that Donnie Darko was killed.