Donnie Darko (2001)

Directed By: Richard Kelly

Written By: Richard Kelly

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Seth Rogan, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze.

A young, troubled teenager (Gyllenhaal) narrowly misses a bizarre accident and is plagued by visions of a human sized rabbit who manipulates him into committing various different crimes.

After not seeing this film for years, I decided to watch this during Halloween night, on October 31st, and as I have earlier memories of seeing this film years ago and feeling weird after seeing it, I still feel the same after seeing Donnie Darko again, it is a very weird film – for me anyway, but I love that this is one of the earliest films in Jake Gyllenhaal’s career.

I purchased this film on Amazon Prime video, in UHD 4K which was good to watch, and I still felt weird and confused after seeing it again, and is a very difficult film to explain and discuss because it has so many different alternatives for many people’s interpretations. Even Seth Rogan and Jake Gylenhaal have both openly said, and agree, they have no idea what the movie was about (from Trivia knowledge on IMDb).

This, for me, will always be one of my top films to watch for Halloween, but also a film that’ll always leave my mind wondering afterwards and leaving more questions than answers.

If you have not seen this film, or have not heard about this film, then where have you been hiding the past 20 years?! I highly recommend this film especially if you are a fan of Seth Rogan, Drew Barrymore, and Jake Gyllenhaal this is definitely one to see and experience the weirdness that we all have experienced after watching this film.

The image below defines me, as Jake Gyllenhaal, watching Donnie Darko, and Drew Barrymore is the definition of the film Donnie Darko.. lol.

Image Source: / “This 20-year-old cult film captures 2021 perfectly” Artical by Sara Stewart via

I rate this film 4.5 stars

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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