Donnie Darko | 2001

Directed by: Richard Kelly

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Main Plot

After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.


  • Jake Gyllenhaal's character, Donnie Darko, is a troubled teenager who experiences strange visions and becomes entangled in a mysterious time travel plot.
  • Jena Malone's character, Gretchen Ross, plays a significant role as Donnie's love interest and catalyst for his transformation.
  • Mary McDonnell's character, Rose Darko, is Donnie's mother, who is supportive and tries to understand his strange behavior.


In the ending of Donnie Darko, Donnie is able to alter the course of events by sacrificing himself. A jet engine, which was destined to kill him, is sent back in time and crashes into his room, ensuring his death. As a result, the manipulated timeline is restored, and the characters' lives return to normal. The film ends with a montage showing the characters waking up with a sense of relief, unaware of the alternate reality they narrowly escaped.

Richard Kelly