Director: Richard Kelly
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell
Donnie Darko is a cult-classic of the sci-fi genre, supported throughout by the beautiful piano work of the composer of the film’s original soundtrack, Michael Andrews and the inclusion of electric works from such artists as Joy Division and Tears for Fears. Jake Gyllenhaal is terrific in the film that has defined his career, playing a teenager struggling to comprehend and deal with the nightmarish visions he keeps experiencing. Ghostly panoramas of a quiet American suburb form the backdrop to a place of loneliness and friendship, of confusion and discovery, of time, time that has been lost, time that is here, time that, in the end, will always be rekindled.