A funny, moving and mind-bending journey of an extraordinary but disenchanted teenager through suburban America. The modern cult classic turns 15 and is gifted with a 4K restoration.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays the troubled and misunderstood Donnie Darko, a teen living in suburban Virginia who is told the world will come to an end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. Donnie’s world predictably unravels; director Richard Kelly embarks on a journey that finds its way into the very headspace of the viewer; and this indie psychodrama becomes an immortal cult classic. The film barely made any buzz after it first screening at 2001’s Sundance, but that didn’t stop it from becoming one of the most intensely beloved cult hits of the 21st century.
Every year it seems ‘Donnie Darko’ amasses a ton of new followers, and it has become a right-of-passage for any cinephile looking to make a dent in contemporary cult cinema. Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal (plays Donnie’s sister alongside her real-life brother Jake), Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze and Mary McDonnell co-star.