Donnie and his girlfriend make out on top of a bed. No nudity is shown.
Donnie and his friends talk about the Smurfs engaging in an orgy in explicit detail. Played for comedy.
While taking hypno therapy, Donnie talks about sexual fantasies, and even starts to undo his pants, but the therapist breaks his trance. Not graphic, and it’s actually really funny.
Donnie Darko’s bedroom has at least 2 posters on his wall and one on his ceiling of scantily/bikini clad women. No overt nudity is seen.

After a man’s house is burnt down, it is revealed that the house’s owner was a pedophile, and was making child pornography.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


To truly understand this film, we first need to accept a setting: in the offline universe, everyone except Donnie has no free will at all, and everything is dominated by a stronger will to guide the protagonist to complete the task of saving the main universe. You can understand this stronger will as God and these temporary “zombie” characters as NPCs in the game. In other words, every sentence in the film is spoken by God through the mouth of others, and the wonderful book of Revelation to the protagonist is also written by God through the hand of others, but this God should strictly follow the law of causality and can’t do whatever he wants to achieve the goal and break the fragile balance between all things. The existence above free will is the values to be output by screenwriter and Director Richard Kelly.

Let’s start with a few simple Q & as:

Q: What is God’s purpose?

A: Save the universe.

Q: What does he want Donnie to do?

A: Destroy the offline universe.

Q: How?

A: Return the holy thing to the universe.

Q: Why would this destroy the offline universe?

A: The disorder of time and space leads to the emergence of sacred objects, which leads to the offline universe. (there is a mistake here, thanks to brief_candle children’s shoes. According to the official website of the film, the holy thing is a “by-product” of the offline universe, not the cause of the offline universe.) In the same way, returning the holy things will make the offline universe no longer exist, so as to save the main universe. Remember Donnie’s interpretation of the text given by drubalimore in the film? “Destruction is reconstruction”. ta da~~

Q: Is the returned relic the engine that fell into the protagonist’s room?

A: No, it’s the one that just took off. Since it’s the same plane and crashed at the same time, we have reason to think they’re the same sacred thing. Besides, the falling engine of the title has been taken away by the relevant departments, and the family members have signed a confidentiality agreement. It is estimated that it will be buried by now, you know.

The story line of this film has a tight logical and causal connection. Frank first lured Donnie to flood the school with water (the “ability to summon water” in the book), so that Donnie had a long talk with Gretchen who showed a good impression on her in class on her way home, and then was attracted by her. Then he instigated Donnie to set fire (“the ability to summon fire”), which led to the exposure of the hypocrite Jim. His loyal fans forced the female teacher to stay and defend him instead of leading sparkle motion to participate in the performance in other places. Donnie’s mother boarded the plane instead, so that the Halloween bashing could be held smoothly. Frank, Donnie’s sister’s boyfriend (explained at the end of the film), dressed up and COS a rabbit.

Grandma death checks his mailbox every day, which is God’s “setting” for this character. Donnie’s classmates once proposed to write to her, which triggered grandma death to stay in front of the mailbox after receiving Donnie’s letter, so that Frank, who has not yet become a live control, urgently turned to the plot of killing Gretchen while driving, and forced Donnie to fulfill her mission to save her girlfriend.

After Donnie returned the “holy thing” and the offline universe annihilated, the task has been successfully completed. Why does Donnie still die? This is a problem that puzzles many viewers, and most film reviews either avoid it or throw out the absurd statement of “balancing the energy of the two worlds”. Director Richard Kelly mentioned in the DVD version of the commentary that this is an open end with two explanations: 1. Donnie wakes up from her dream and can’t help laughing at the absurdity of the plot in her dream, and then turns over and continues to sleep. In fact, what he just experienced happened in the offline universe. At this time, the offline universe no longer exists and everything is back on track. In this universe, there will be no dead control body Frank passing through to distract Donnie. Donnie doesn’t know that an engine is really falling to his room at this moment. 2. Donnie completely retains his memory in the offline universe. However, he has found the way to redemption. His sincere and relieved smile shows that life and death are no longer worth mentioning to him. In fact, the director told us that in the earlier script, there was a scene in which Frank (who retained part of his memory and was no longer a dead control body) sounded a siren in the car and Donnie was indifferent.

I personally prefer the first explanation. In this case, being beaten to death in confusion is much more romantic than calmly dying. Before that, Donnie had a clear understanding of the cause and effect of the whole event, knowing that after everything returned to the right track, she would be killed by the engine unprepared, making herself the “superhero” called by the creator through Gretchen. This also explains why God, who is above free will, does not personally “control” Donnie to complete this task, because this will lead him to save the world in an unconscious state, and then passively meet the accidental death, unable to choose to sacrifice himself to achieve self redemption. Therefore, although the God in the film is not “omnipotent” in the strict sense, he has also achieved “supreme goodness”.

Since most people returning from the offline universe can’t retain the memory of that world, Gretchen only waved to rose with the residual impression in her mind (like deja vu), and she and Donnie are not only separated from each other forever, but even a trace of memory can’t be left. For Donnie, This love affair that took place in different dimensions is like what the ending song sings: I find it kind of fun, I find it kind of sad The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had。 Even in a literal sense, this is the extreme of “creation makes people”.

The “cell door” written by the Chinese teacher played by Drew Barrymore on the blackboard is a perfect interpretation of their relationship: cell door is known as the most beautiful phrase in English. Even if a non-English speaker does not understand its interpretation at all, he can still appreciate its own beauty from spelling and pronunciation. Similarly, Gretchen, who was Donnie’s lover at that time, was a controlled body. Falling in love with Donnie was driven by God’s will, just as the love moment in the real world was controlled by pheromone or dopamine. If you don’t ask for the reason, love itself is always beautiful.

PS: one scene in the version released in the cinema was deleted. When Frank said to Donnie for the first time, “I’ve been watching you… God loves his children. God loves you.” This conversation can probably be found in the DVD version. If you can’t find it, go to Google by yourself. As for why it was deleted, the reason given by the director was to avoid the religious theme of the film being too explicit.

PS: people who yell at this film, believe me, most of you are just annoyed because you don’t understand it and are embarrassed to admit it. I’ve done a lot of stupid things that only stand without speculation. I think we all need to reflect on our intellectual laziness from time to time. Admitting that you don’t understand is never a loss of personnel. It’s easy to be forced.

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