Don­nie Darko ( 2001)

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When it comes to movie de­buts, few would ar­gue that Richard Kelly’s mind- masher of a teen flick isn’t up there as one of the great­est. Like an indie kid’s acid trip, it’s a twisted com­ing- of- ager and math­e­mat­i­cal equa­tion gone mad ( the num­bers 28 and 88 re­cur through­out) as trou­bled teen Don­nie ( Jake Gyl­len­haal) deals with the apoca­lypse while suf­fer­ing vi­sions of a creepy bunny. Though Kelly re­leased a direc­tor’s cut that ex­plained away most of the film’s mys­ter­ies, the orig­i­nal, far more am­bigu­ous cut re­mains su­pe­rior.

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