S Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale (Widescreen)
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My friend was damn wrong.
S. Darko is a sequel, like Troll 2 or the Second World War. The direction is hopelessly one-note and plagiaristic, the dialogue is reminiscent of a TV spot for Calvin Klein cologne, and the story is less a sequel, and more an accidental anthology of mini sequels, each sucking a little harder than the last.
Remember the pensive sequences in Donnie Darko where they'd show a time lapse of cloud cover, or morose suburbanites living out their lives to a somber soundtrack? Well, this movie does, and is considerate enough to include 50 or 60 shot-for-shot reproductions of those scenes for those who might've forgotten. With the bulk of the movie thus out of the way, the remaining running time is filled with multiple time travels that are impossible to care about, because they're established, abandoned, and picked up again like a relay baton in the Special Olympics.
Also, the principle relationship between Sam and her idiot friend is painfully bad. You know the one: lifelong friends who have been forged in the crucible of adolescence to become blood sisters. A bond so close that they can only communicate their intimate connection through the following dialogue:
Girl 1: "We're perfect together."
Girl 2: "Immaculate."
I am not making that up. That back and forth happens at least three times.Read more ›
These great ideas, unfortunately were poorly executed. Here's why I think this way:
1. As I have watched Donnie Darko, I have certainly wondered what it was like for Frank the Bunny. He was the second most important character in Donnie Darko but we know virtally nothing about him. So I could certainly understand why someone would want to write a movie from this perspective. I think the reason it was so poorly done in the movie is because the idea that Samantha Darko would be the Manipulated Dead is just downright stupid and illogical. The Manipulated Dead should have been a completely different character.
2. Continuing the tale from Samantha Darko's perspective is brillant. Why? Because she would have found the book The Philosophy of Time Travel. She would have been motivated to find out why her brother had this book and what the book meant. She could have tracked down someone who knew Roberta Sparrow, leading her to Iraq Jack. Then Fisher (the director)could have explored Roberta's back story like he said he considered doing in the special features on the DVD. Perhaps Corey could have still been a part of it. A friend occupying her on her journey trying to run from her past, while Samantha was trying to find information so she could understand hers.
3. And while these two young women are trying to deal with their past, Samantha meets Iraq Jack (and some of the towns characters. A few of them were nothing but filler in this movie.).Read more ›
The story follows Samantha Darko seven years later as she sojourns across the Country lost in a haze. She breaks down in a small Utah town with her friend - and then the rest just gets ridiculous. The whole prop department needs to be fired. It is "June/July 1995", but the vehicles, fire engines, signage, and other assorted materials are way off. For instance, one central part of the film was the theater showing 12 Monkeys, I doubt some small town in Utah got the film the year before it premiered nationwide. I know, a time travel film - anything is possible. The majority of the story is a train wreck of bad acting and irritating characters. Mostly a 2 star film - but the Blu quality is superb.
The picture is extremely clear throughout and the special effects looked professional and thorough. The camera work, slow motion shots, and rapid forward clips all looked well preserved. The destiny/Abyss snake-looking things all looked crisp and the indoor shots did not show any grain. The DTS gets quite a workout with the music, and assorted montages of that garbles voice and dimensional stuff.
The special features give this another star (half). It will probably help satisfy the curious minded regarding the whole what-were-they-thinking. The main documentary lasts 15 minutes and covers the usual interviews, rife with plenty of quotes about why there was a "continuation" not a sequel. There is also a 6:45 minute clip about some of the cast making a music video and talking about the uniqueness of Utah.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter sam was born on the exact day she died in the movie! 7/1/95 she was kinda freaked out when she watched this! lolPublished 3 days ago by ashley kline
If you're looking for this movie to capture the somber magic that was present in the first one, don't waste your time. This is a hollow imitation of the first installment.Published 7 months ago by Reynald Geoffrey
I don't understand why people don't like this sequel I personally thought that this movie was awesome. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jose Knight
Obviously not as good as the first but I was pleasantly surprised. I would recommend it to any Darko fans.Published 10 months ago by Rachel
The original will always be better, this sequel was alright for the trippy factor.Published 11 months ago by Lebelula
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|Richard Kelly said never||
Hard not to be biased, watched it last night DD is a modern classic no question and I enjoy it now and again. I found that the sequel at worst makes a few fatal choices, and at best is really inconsequential eye candy/homage.
Like alot of part 2s ill advised but a guilty pleasure in an odd way...
May 14, 2009 by Phantasmagoria | See all 3 posts
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