Aroview: Admired by critics and an ardent fanbase for its originality and eclecticism, this quirky teen fantasy is arguably a slick patchwork of other movie fragments, born from the subconscience of an obsessed movie geek.
Set nostalgically in the 1980s, its vision of a bright yet misunderstood teen misfit hovers between David Lynch’s suburban nightmare and John Hughes’ angst-romanticism, depending on whether or not young Donnie’s taken his medication. Has a sizeable cult following with mainly those of the same generation as its director (b. 1975) lapping up its bold eclecticism, outsider sensibility, 80s Brit-pop soundtrack (remember Tears for Fears?) and loudly applauding its twist ending.
"Director's Cut" version is also available, incorporating 20 minutes of extra footage and 4 new songs.
5 stars (Exceptional) Original, inspiring, confusing, this epic indie film will always hold a place in the hearts of its many fans, and continues to spark debate about its 'true' meaning. Gyllenhaal is fantastic as the compelling and troubled Donnie Darko.~Tom H
5 stars (Exceptional) Touches on so many genres that it's hard to define. The original theatrical cut is perfectly balanced in its dream-like fantasy atmosphere, sci-fi plot details & period piece feel. Well crafted but also has that ‘x-factor’ that makes a classic.~SteveParkes