Directed by Richard Kelly • 2001 • United States
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, James Duval
Described by director Richard Kelly as “‘The Catcher in the Rye’ as told by Philip K. Dick,” this cult classic is a mind-altering experience whose metaphysical enigmas are still being unraveled. Troubled teen Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal in his breakout role) narrowly escapes death in a freak plane accident only to find himself consumed by visions of a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who informs him that the universe will end in precisely twenty-eight days, six hours, forty-two minutes, and twelve seconds. Now, Donnie must deal with the stresses of adolescence while seemingly slipping through the cracks of time, space, and sanity.