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I: 3: . ' i-L \ . r - :,,:i v- , ' .i Donald ‘Donnie‘ Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) is certainly a creepy teenager, but somehow not as dark as he thinks. Sure, he‘s seeing a psychiatrist, and the 1' '

small town America high school he attends is inspired by a cult-leader like moral crusader (Patrick Swayze), and Donnie's imaginary friend, Frank, warns him that the world is going to end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds.

But there is a light atmosphere to writer-director Richard Kelly‘s film, so you're never really afraid something nasty is going to happen, even when Donnie wields an axe in the dead of night. Perhaps it‘s the way everything works out for Donnie - he gets the girl and outwits the teachers and school bully. It seems he can do anything he wants and get away with it. . ' ; z '

What's going on? Well, disturbed-Bonnie’s psychiatrist (Katharine Ross) -: . can’t figure it out, and Frank's not much use, being a bit unapproachable ' 3 - as perhaps imaginary friends are. You see, Frank wears a rabbit’s head mask and fur. He doesn‘t come very near to Donnie and anyway, there‘s some sort of force-field between them. Maybe the old lady who wrote the book about time travel can help?

This cute film spans some familiar genre territory teen drama, schlock, ,' z ' fantasy, science fiction - but manages to carve its own niche, remaining : " deliberately obscure and decidedly ambiguous: is this a time travel tale or ." a troubled-teenager fantasy? There are odd little cameos from Drew '2' -z-' ' -::,' Barrymore and Swayze, and excellent performances from Jake Gyllenhaal ' 2,}: ' and everyone else (except, maybe, Frank). There are no special DVD i. . i, extras, but there is an intriguing web site that helps explain some of the " '- vagaries of the film. (Vince Albert) " -': ' ' ; "

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