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S. Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale [Blu-ray] (2009)

Elizabeth Berkley , Matthew Davis , Chris Fisher  |  R |  Blu-ray
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elizabeth Berkley, Matthew Davis, James Lafferty, Justin Chatwin, Daveigh Chase
  • Directors: Chris Fisher
  • Format: 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: English, 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: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RP975Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,633 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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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cat Sick All Over My Face December 6, 2010
By E.N.
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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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some great ideas...but poorly executed May 14, 2009
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You what? February 17, 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I read some ominous reviews, but this was really good
I was a big Donnie Darko fan, and I wasn't really looking forward to watching this after reading some of the reviews... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Namenlos
5.0 out of 5 stars SOUNDS LIKE A SUPERHERO
not many people listen to adjunct radio anymore.
S.DARKO will reveal the opportune clinging to the rafters of manchester bands from woe ago.
Published 1 month ago by Gregory J. Belcastro
1.0 out of 5 stars No.. Stop. Do NOT buy.
I bought this thinking it was Donnie darko (honest mistake). I ended up getting this instead. This is probably the single worst movie I have ever seen in my entire life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aviana Arias
2.0 out of 5 stars Just not very good
Loved Donnie Darko. This movie attempts to continue the story with his sister. It just never has a plot that I cared about. All the elements of the first movie are there, but S. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James M Gottleber
1.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the worst movie ever made
From the opening moments of the film where some POS 70's leadsled breaks down and they say it doesn't look so good.. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SystemStructure
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing... I never knew the first could possibly be followed by...
I loved Donnie Darko. I adored Donnie Darko. I watched it first on VHS and could not TEAR my eyes from the film.

Then this movie was released, and I thought "eh... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Darko
1.0 out of 5 stars Never had a clue as to what was going on.
I watched Donnie Darko and thought this one would give me some idea of what "Donnie" was about. Instead, it was even more confusing. A real waste of my time and money.
Published 8 months ago by Loretta Montoya
3.0 out of 5 stars The first 5 minutes
Are as good as it gets. It was good but could have been way better. Would not watch again, sorry.
Published 9 months ago by Christy Humphries
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Darko
Follow up to the cult classic Donnie Darko, it is definitely worth the watch, a good addition to the video collection.
Published 9 months ago by Russ
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Donnie Darko
I like time travel type movies so while I still enjoyed S. Darko, it was not as good as Donnie Darko (but sequels generally are not).
Published 9 months ago by Marvin
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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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