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Richard Kelly’s debut feature is a mesmerising science-fiction fable which pushes the concept of cinematic time travel into a whole new dimension. Its somnambulant teenage protagonist seems to slip into a parallel universe, where a giant demonic rabbit called Frank proclaims that the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. A bastard cousin of James Stewart’s imaginary white rabbit in Harvey, this furry philosopher is an unlikely harbinger of apocalyptic doom. But then a jet engine detaches itself from a plane’s wing and destroys the sleepwalking Donnie’s bedroom. Soon afterwards, Grandma Death - a reclusive eccentric who once wrote a book about time travel whispers a morbid truth into Donnie’s ear: ‘Every living creature on this Earth dies alone.’ ls Donnie sliding into paranoid schizophrenia, as his sympathetic female shrink seems to think? Or has the troubled teenager passed through a worm hole in the



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space/time continuum, into some tangent universe where everything is comfortingly familiar yet oddly out of kilter?

Set in 1988, this genre-bending film is not only an intriguing meditation on time travel and a deeply disturbing horror movie, it is also a John Hughes-style coming-of- age movie and a black comic satire on Reaganite greed, individualism and Christian fundamentalism.

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Patrick Swayze is hilarious as a perma-tanned, bouffant-haired “self- help’ evangelist. Dysfunctional anti- hero Donnie, played with charismatic intensity and sly humour by Jake Gyllenhaal, inhabits an instantly recognisable suburban milieu; but like Kelly’s brilliantly original film, his skewed perspective on life is sharply subversive. (Nigel Floyd)

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Lawyer Claire Kubik's idyllic Marin County lifestyle evaporates when her husband Tom is arrested by the military police. They say he's an ex—covert operations specialist who gunned down innocent villagers in El Salvador. He claims he's the fall-guy for a high level cover-up. Ashley Judd skilfully balances professional cool and emotional naivete. wrth fine support from Morgan Freeman as her 'Wild card' assistant Charlie Grimes a washed-up. Harley-riding. hard- drinking lawyer with his own axe to grind. The weakest dramatic link is the mrscast Jim CélVét/flOl. whose off-killer performance hints too strongly at the surprise revelations to come.

Merely competent legal pot-boiler

A competent legal pot— boiler from Dev/l Ill a Blue Dress director Carl Franklin. this is like watching a skilful lawyer present an eloquent but flawed case. No matter how much attention he layishes on the characters, procedural details and moral ambiguities. the storyline rust won't stand up. We're left With a lumpy mix of military courtroom grandstanding and Sleeping with the {EL're/rry- style domestic jeopardy. Eyen the A Few Good IVIenv‘style clash of cryilian and irrilrtaiy sensibilities turns out to be a red herring. iNigel Hoydi I General release from Fri [3:3 Oct.

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