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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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  • Actors: Elizabeth Berkley, Matthew Davis, James Lafferty, Justin Chatwin, Daveigh Chase
  • Directors: Chris Fisher
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 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 (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RP975Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,245 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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70 of 81 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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24 of 28 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 YOURMOMSFACELIFTISHORROR on May 13, 2009
Format: DVD
Rarely are sequels better than the original. So it should come as no surprise that this isn't as good as Donnie Darko. Was it a necessary sequel to make, maybe not. However, S. Darko does a great job at exploring the mythology of time travel through black holes and the theory of it's consequences.

The film itself looks and sounds great. While many of us will miss the 80's esque mood of the first film, this is a very stylish and well edited movie in it's own right.

It has enough uncertainty and fragmented symbolism that will have you rewatching it. Trying to find some understanding while putting the pieces together was part of the fun of the original!

If Donnie Darko was 4-5 Stars this is an easy 3!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andariel Halo on January 22, 2011
Format: DVD
A Macbeth quote is far more succint and coherent than my own series of words I'd throw up on a screen to fully describe it. My own words would be that it's a muddled, incoherent, rambling, meandering, scattershot, nonsensical, pretentious mess. The cinematic equivalent of a fanboy wannabe re-creating her favorite film with her own touches to it, adding some esoteric meaning behind certain symbols or ideas beyond that of the first film, or entirely incidental, as if worshipping "Donnie Darko" so fanatically, every little detail is some meaningful icon.

Warning for potential spoilers.

The movie is one hour and forty minutes long approximately, and there is no coherent plot unfolding all the way into it. Whereas "Donnie Darko" had the unifying thread of the world ending and Donnie having visions of Frank the bunny ordering him to do things, this EXACT SAME CONCEPT involving some random minor character is just one subplot to several other plot threads that have little to no relation to the "Donnie Darko"-style plot unfolding in some small way, and in some cases turn out to be complete red herrings.

The characters involved are Samantha Darko and her friend Corey randomly driving to some random town in some random state. I say "random" as placeholders, because I don't know what they're doing or why; no explanation is given or needed. Corey's car breaks down, so Sam lays in the road until they hail down a guy in a red car called Randy, and they make friends with him and just start drifting aimlessly through life for the next few days, with Corey in particular drinking and partying a lot while S Darko looks vulnerable and gentle and acts nice to people Corey harasses for no reason.
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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...
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