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S. Darko
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06.01.2009 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Chris Fisher

Actors:
Daveigh Chase
Briana Evigan
Ed Westwick

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Donnie Darko’s little sister (the one who was curious about the definition of “f*ckass”) runs away from home and gets stranded in a small Midwest town and, like, saves the world and stuff.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Don’t worry; it’s as bad and pointless as you feared. Like most of you, I was immediately drawn to a weird little movie called DONNIE DARKO back in 2001. It was a great amalgamation of big creative ideas, elemental sci fi, teen angst, physics and philosophy, all wrapped up in a stylish little flick. And like all things unique and beloved by movie fans, somebody went and made a cash-in sequel to appeal to the Hot Topic crowd and sell a few more Frank the Bunny sweatshirts.

The universe and mythology created by Richard Kelly in the first DONNIE DARKO was so rich and distinctive that the mysteries of it were barely touched upon in the film. And as well as the original stood on its own, a follow up definitely had plenty of room to explore and the opportunity to do something special to set itself apart. This is where the horribly titled S. DARKO fails most. By the end it feels like an utter and complete rehash of DONNIE DARKO, but muddled, unfocused and less entertaining. They literally took all the “cool” stuff on the surface of the first film—the liquid force fields, the chest vessels, the talk of Armageddon, the wormholes—and just threw it haphazardly in to a story not that interesting to begin with.

Daveigh Chase from the original film (and also the evil little girl in THE RING) returns to the title role. And while she’s grown up in to a disturbingly beautiful young woman, she isn’t given much of anything to do here. In fact she straight up disappears from the movie named after her in one of the film’s worst and most pointless tangential subplots. Aside from Chase nobody else from the first movie shows up, but you do get “Saved By The Bell” alum Elizabeth Berkeley and a guy from “Gossip Girl!”

Though the cast can’t really be blamed for one of the weakest screenplays I can remember, even by straight to video standards. The first film was understandably vague and cryptic, but here the characters spout gibberish for a couple hours, stuff about life and death that they hope is meaningful but comes across as a convoluted, painful mess. You also get touching lines like “What do you think God’s farts taste like?” Director Chris Fisher tries desperately to ape Kelly’s style, from tilting camera angles to slow motion to 80s pop songs, and although the film does look fairly expensive given its small budget, it’s again just a watered down version of its predecessor.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by director Chris Fisher, DOP Marvin Rush and writer Nathan Atkins: All three guys spend a lot of time attempting to justify the existence of the film they made, while trying to avoid the real reason of being a cash-in. They also try to answer some questions about the convoluted plot, but that didn’t make the movie any better.

The Making of S. DARKO: Like the commentary, the entire cast and crew just try to defend the project. And you know it’s a bad sign when the director says DONNIE DARKO is not Richard Kelly’s movie, but the fans’ movie.

Utah Too Much: The actors and crew talk about filming in Utah, including a song they wrote about the state.

Deleted Scenes: Six, including an alternate opening, none of which helped the movie make any more sense. There’s mainly more of the preacher, whose subplot was and remains pointless.

Trailers for Fox movies on Blu Ray
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I would probably give this movie a crappy score just out of principle for its pointlessness, but it truly lives up to how awful it sounds.

Extra Tidbit: Richard Kelly has rightfully disowned this movie.
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