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  • Actors: Daveigh Chase, Briana Evigan, James Lafferty, Ed Westwick, Walter Platz
  • Directors: Chris Fisher
  • Writers: Nathan Atkins, Richard Kelly
  • Producers: Adam Fields, Ash R. Shah, Jennifer Lane Connolly, Jim Busfield, Kent Beyda
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RP975G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,516 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Seven years after her brother's death, Samantha Darko finds herself stranded in a small desert town after her car breaks down where she is plagued by bizarre visions telling of the universe's end. As a result, she must face her own demons, and in doing so, save the world and herself.

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This is one of the worst sequels ever made.
"S. Darko" is a film sorely lacking a plot, clarifying (or even multi-syllabic) dialog, or particularly interesting characters.
I knew that it was going to be bad, I just didn't know HOW bad it could possibly get.
Steven Adam Renkovish

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65 of 74 people found the following review helpful By E.N. on December 6, 2010
Format: DVD
I can remember a defining moment for me in this film when, only a few minutes in, the titular character looks out her car window and sees a CGI unicorn made of clouds running alongside her. I immediately reached for my gun, but a compassionate friend stopped me, ensuring me that this couldn't possibly be the two hour long Guess Jeans commercial it was setting itself up to be.

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.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By BooksArePortableMagic on May 14, 2009
Format: DVD
1. I think the idea of telling the story from the point of view of the Manipulated Dead instead of the Living Reciever was great. 2. I think the idea of continuing the story using Samantha Darko was great. 3. I believe Iraq Jack was a brilliant character.

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.).
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mikal C. Johnson on February 17, 2010
Format: DVD
As a big fan of Donnie Darko I was curious to see the pseudo-sequel, S. Darko.
Even going in with low expectations (I never trust sequels) I was disappointed by this film. Right off the bat it said to me, "Hi, I'm an art film. I'm full of brooding, sexy characters doing and saying things for inexplicable reasons. Even my outcasts and nerds are attractive people in glasses and high-water pants." Forty minutes into the film I replied to it, "You don't have characters, you have caricatures." The nerd was a total social misfit with feigned awkwardness, the cool kids were, as mentioned, brooding and sexy and had no sympathy toward the nerd (who turned out to be secretly creepy). There were Christians in the movie, but they were, of course, closet child-molesters and seemed incapable of finishing a conversation without mentioning that they know Jesus. They were framing the local Gulf War veteran, who was inevitably crazy, for their crimes. The ex-soldier was guilt-ridden for war-crimes he committed... oddly all things that sounded like Viet Nam and certainly not the Gulf War of the early 1990's. There was a farmer who was an ignoramus and didn't know the difference between "Apocalypse" and "Acropolis" and a cop who looked like a male stripper getting ready for his act at the bachelorette party. The aging waitress at the diner liked to talk about how she was attractive when she was young. Oh, and inevitably, the drunk-driving jerk cool-kid turns out to be the most decent guy in town.
What the movie lacked was any of the mystery of Donnie Darko. It was a showcase for pretty people to act brooding and sexy and turn out to be attractive nerds. While I know I will watch the original again and enjoy it. I may not ever view this film again.
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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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