Donnie Darko Essay

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Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko was a 2001 fantasy film. It contained comedy and drama. Darko was a "under the radar" type of film due to its release around September eleventh two thousand one. Since then it has grown in popularity and even inspired many up and coming directors. Donnie Darko has many avenues of interpretation. It touches in the concept of time travel through worm holes, the quantum physics of parallel universe, religion, mental illness, predestination and good vs. evil. The element of God is the theme that ties all of the plots together.
Donnie is haunted or blessed with the connection to a higher power. His vision is that the world will end in twenty eight days. The cycle begins on October second, the night a
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Inside of Donnie is emotional term oil. He is plagued with the questions of God's existence. He constantly feels alone and because of this emptiness he believes God must not exist.
Throughout the film Donnie experiences the work of evil. Donnie is agonized by the character Frank. Frank leads him to commit acts of crime. In the first crime Donnie vandalizes his school which cancels all of his classes the proceeding day. Frank acts as his guiding fear or the work of the devil. However, this mishap leads him to Gretchen. Gretchen becomes Donnie's girlfriend. Gretchen has a troubled past which Donnie relates and gravitates too. Gretchen provides him understanding and acceptance. It seems as though the work of evil is put to rest by the gift of love, approval, and compassion.
Evil seems to continue for Donnie through the character of Jim Cunningham. Donnie intuitively does not like him and senses that he is a con. Donnie's second serious act of corruption comes when Frank orders him to burn down Jim's house. Donnie is at a movie with Gretchen at the time of this vision. Gretchen is asleep and Donnie leaves the theater. As if portraying a dark super hero, Donnie set the house a blaze. The audience never see's how he gets in, how he obtained the fuel or matches to set the house on fire. Donnie then returns to the movie theater without a trace of ever leaving Gretchen's side. In the demise of the arson, Cunningham's house reveals a dark secret. Jim

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