|Saturday, November 5|
CAB and Bijou Cinema present Midnight Movie Series at the Englert!
A quintessential midnight movie if there ever was one, DONNIE DARKO is a spooky mix of psychological slow-burn and sci-fi head-scratch, with a dash of 80s nostalgia thrown in to keep things from getting too heavy. Jake Gyllenhaal does well as Donnie, an apparently troubled teen, and the eclectic cast of supporters features a few familiar faces, with Jena Malone as Gretchen, his potential love interest, and the late, great Patrick Swayze as a motivational speaker with a secret. Set in the fall of 1988, the film begins with Donnie narrowly avoiding a grisly death in a bizarre accident. He survives only through the intervention of a mysterious messenger, Frank, who then informs him that the world will end in a matter of weeks. As Donnie goes about his teenaged life dealing with family, teachers, therapists, pals, girls, and bullies, he tries to make sense of what Frank tells him about time travel, and to figure out what his role in the scheme of things might be. With a killer soundtrack and an eerie atmosphere that defies comparison to any other movie, missing this one by sitting at home in your room would be simply disastrous.
Directed by Richard Kelly
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone and Mary McDonnell
Free for UI students (w/ID) and $3 for community