I Love Evil Rabbits

Besides the fact that it's a weird science-fiction/fantasy involving time travel and alternate realities and featuring a schizophrenic character with an imaginary friend who is an evil bunny, I dug the fact that the settings were places where I grew up. Donnie's high school happens to be my high school in real life—Loyola High School near Downtown L.A. I remember giving a 10 minute talk on black holes, time warps, and wormholes in that same physics lab where Donnie talks to the teacher played by Noah Wiley about the possibilities of time travel. The opening scene happens to be the Angeles Crest Forest. In high school I spent a lot of time up there in the mountains. It was where I would drive and think. Donnie Darko is my hero.
victorious victorious
26-30, M
2 Responses Apr 23, 2007

I depends on how you look at it. The director left the interpretation somewhat open. You can look at Donnie as a mentally ill teenager with weird hallucinations killed by a freak accident, or you can look at Donnie as the savior of the universe who chose self-sacrifice for the greater good, and I think both are supported by the chain of events. I should correct it to say evil-looking, because, as you say, I don't believe Frank is actually evil.

RE: "imaginary friend who is an evil bunny"<br />
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I disagree with you. <br />
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I don't think Frank was imaginary - i think he was a manifestation / guide through time travel, or if you want to get deep, perhaps a manifestation of god or a messenger of god directing donnie in what to do, making donnie god's tool.<br />
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Also, Frank was donnie's sister's bf and very much a real person in the film. <br />
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And though he was scary looking, he was definetely not evil. <br />
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he didn't intend to kill Gretchen and in the theater when donnie asks him what happend to his eye he just replies "i'm so sorry" - which i'm pretty sure was a reference to what would happen to Gretchen.<br />
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i think the remorse = not evil.