Richard Kellys rereleased tale of rural angst, starring an incredible Jake Gyllenhaal, is a fascinating victory
I n 2001, 27-year-old writer-director Richard Kelly produced a pop classic of American rural fear in Donnie Darko, now on rerelease a motion picture with something of Back to the Future , Twin Peaks , American Beauty and naturally Harvey . This movie made Tears for Fears hip (type of) and had a significant discovery in the young Jake Gyllenhaal, playing Donnie, a high-school kid on medication for the signs of paranoid schizophrenia. When a jet engine falls out of the sky one day on Donnies home, an occasion that would have eliminated Donnie had he not been sleepwalking around the regional golf course, it develops a stress and anxiety convulsion that bursts his currently vulnerable health and wellbeing and he hallucinates a big, scarily voiced bunny that informs him to devote acts of violence. I keep in mind being a bit reserved about Donnie Darko the very first time around , possibly due to the fact that we were suffering Gen X overload in those days. Seen once again now, it is fascinating. Donnie Darko has a satirical and political flavour that wasnt as strong at the time: it is embeded in 1988, the chastened end of Ronald Reagan s soothing reign. There are acid recommendations to Michael Dukakis and Dan Quayle. When it comes to Kelly himself, he made a fascinating however problematic motion picture with Southland Tales in 2007 however a ropey Twilight Zoney movie called The Box in 2009. Ever since very little. Perhaps the rereleased Donnie Darko can assist restore this gifted directors profession. A revisiting of Southland Tales is most likely in order.