I adore Donnie Darko.  It is one of my favorite movies and has been since the first time I saw it years ago.  Richard Kelly is simply magnificent at creating stories and giving great depth to what originally look like some of the most mundane and common types of things.  When I first heard the rumblings about this movie, that there was going to be a movie about Donnie’s little sister and that Daveigh Chase would be returning to that role, I was extremely excited.  Then I heard that Ed Westwick, better known as Chuck Bass, would be in it as well and I knew it would be fantastic.  Now you can watch it for yourself and see if I just happened to be right.

Starting this May 12th, now available on DVD from Silver Nitrate Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment comes the sequel and continuation of one of the most fascinating and darkly disturbing cult classics of all time.  S. Darko – A Donnie Darko Tale is ready to create a parallel timeline right into your living room and be the artifact that turns you into the living receiver of this great story.  Bring home this decent follow-up today!

Samantha’s older brother died seven years ago and now she’s on the run across America.  With her friend in tow, she’s setting off towards California in hopes of a life where everyone won’t leave.  Then their car breaks down in some podunk town in the American Southwest and they don’t have the cash to fix it.  They are forced to rely upon the kindness of strangers, all of whom grow stranger and stranger with every day.  Sam won’t stop having these strange dreams and waking up in different places and it seems as though some of the town residents are pointing her to the same realizations that her dreams are.  It looks like another timeline has broken off and someone needs to die to align time again, but who will it be this time and can Sam make sure everything turns out right?  This movie stars Daveigh Chase, Briana Evigan, Jackson Rathbone, James Lafferty, Zulay Henao, Elizabeth Berkley, John Hawkes, Bret Roberts, Matthew Davis and Ed Westwick and was directed by Chris Fisher.

The special features included in this DVD are an original song sung by some of the cast and crew about filming the movie, an optional audio commentary from the filmmakers, a look behind the scenes at the making of this movie and a selection of great deleted scenes.

When I first heard that this movie was coming out, I was ecstatic.  Richard Kelly was returning to his greatest movie thus far and fleshing out some of the characters and Daveigh Chase was returning as Samantha.  Not to mention, the fantastic Ed Westwick was going to be in it as well.  As far as that goes, there was one scene with James Lafferty talking to Ed Westwick and it looked like I was watching some strange promo for the CW’s Monday night line-up of Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill.  But Westwick did a good job and even Lafferty managed to have some good scenes.  Daveigh Chase, who is now 18, is gorgeous and Briana Evigan was mind-numbingly beautiful.  The only problem is that the movie didn’t quite deliver.  The original was great because it was enjoyable on so many levels, with the strangeness almost hidden so that if you didn’t want to deal with it, you didn’t have to.  This movie just bit off more than it could chew.  It was bad writing and a bad idea to begin with.  On the special feature about making this movie, nearly everyone interviewed talked about how they didn’t want to make this movie and ruin the original.  Then, for whatever reason, they did so anyway.  So much was left unexplained in the movie and it didn’t have the mind of Kelly behind it to give any purpose.  It is still somewhat enjoyable, but I do have to agree with what the director and writers said themselves.  This movie should never have been made.

It might be a tall Tale to say that you’ll enjoy this movie, but it’s probably worth taking the chance to try.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet
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