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

Elizabeth Berkley , Matthew Davis , Chris Fisher  |  R |  Blu-ray
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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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 (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RP975Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,484 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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56 of 65 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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20 of 24 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
When I sat down to watch "S. Darko" I promised myself that I would approach it with an open mind and watch it as an individual tale separate to the original "Donnie Darko" albeit set in the same universe. Reviews were mixed. At best it was ranged somewhere between enjoyable, confusing and inferior. Reviews at their worst described it as a downright abomination.
I remember seeing the original "Donnie Darko" at a special screening back in 2001. Not many people got it back then either. I felt at times I was one of the only few who understood its powerful message and feared it would be another wonderful movie underrated and lost among the multi million dollar trash that Hollywood would churn out that same year.
Flash forward two years later and suddenly everyone was in love with "Donnie Darko". It had found a new life and a new appreciative audience on DVD. It suddenly became a modern cult movie. Everyone was talking "Donnie Darko". Now we could all re-watch it over and over, make up our own minds about it and scan the Internet for theories and explanations to back up our own way out philosophies. Funnily enough, I feel the same fate awaits "S. Darko".


"S. Darko" starts its story in 1995, seven years after the events of the original "Donnie Darko". Now teenaged, Samantha Darko (underplayed beautifully by the originals Daveigh Chase) is midway through a road trip with her best friend Corey and literally on a journey of self-discovery. We are told of her disconnection with her family since the death of her older brother Donnie and quickly learn of her inability to remember her dreams and her odd sleepwalking habits.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars OMFG Could This Suck Anymore Than It Does???
I think that if you truly loved Donnie Darko (Director's Cut) then you will find some redeeming quality in this movie - hence my two stars. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Estcher
5.0 out of 5 stars the movie
I know nobody liked it, you were expecting to was good as itself.representing the growing fear in the 90s as opposed to the way fear was growing in the 80s, as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by RFI
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer L Hasara
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Awesome sequel to a great movie. Even creepy than the first.
Published 3 months ago by roger patton
2.0 out of 5 stars Probably a good film for folks who found Donnie darko's script too ...
Interesting film but mostly a more transparent take on the original. Some wooden performances at times but also some convincing moments. Read more
Published 3 months ago by HIHI
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but...
This movie was okay, though I was somewhat dissatisfied that it didn't quite follow the same logic as Donnie Darko. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Keegan Kinniburgh
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 6 months ago by Nameless
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 7 months ago by gcd
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 7 months 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 8 months ago by James M Gottleber
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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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