Donnie Darko (2001, 1hr 53, rated 15) 

Ok, let’s do this.  Ten weeks in, it feels like we’re ready to take on Richard Kelly’s mind-bending masterpiece.  Helpfully, it’s also available on both Amazon Prime and Netflix so you can watch it for free with either subscription.  By popular request (and possibly because Llewyn Davis’ cat told us to) this week’s movie on the Streamers Film Club is modern classic Donnie Darko.   

 The direct link for Amazon Prime is here or simply search for “Donnie Darko” on Netflix (where, as a bonus, you can watch either the original or the Director’s Cut).

“A mini-masterpiece… Cult glory beckons” Empire     “Startling filmmaking” Total Film    

Around Halloween in suburban America, one extraordinary but disenchanted teenager is about to take Time’s Arrow for a ride. After surviving a freak accident, Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) begins to explore what it means to be alive, and in short order to be in love, he uncovers secrets of the universe that give him a tempting power to alter time and destiny.

In case you are still undecided, here’s a slightly low-res trailer (sorry, it seems it’s the best Youtube can do for us!) :

The critics said …

Empire: 5 stars  Total Film: 5 stars  Rotten Tomatoes: 85%  IMDB user score: 8.1/10 

Recommended links 
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Donnie Darko : The Tangent Universe – UK fan site (contains labelled spoilers)

The suitably head-scratching official site

25 Things you may not know about the film (spoilers)

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