Directed by: RICHARD KELLY
2001, TSPDT Rank #709
Donnie Darko was one of the cult hits of the decade, declared as a bizarre and original trip. Well it is pretty trippy in parts, but it's not all it's cracked up to be. This is basically a rip-off of a bunch of stuff David Lynch has already done. I mean, come on - Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet - these were darkly comic visions of small-town life with secrets hiding under the calm facade. Kelly borrows (steals) a lot from these, with a little of the 'intertwining fate' dramas we've become used to seeing in recent years. When it was over, I couldn't help feeling that although some of it was interesting and it was fairly entertaining, it doesn't amount to much.