NNWIJ: S. Darko (2009)

Director: Chris Fisher

Notable Cast: Daveigh Chase, Briana Evigan, Ed Westwick, John Hawkes

Rating: R

Review:  RAWR.  I’m writing this article hours after I’ve seen the film, and I’m still enraged with how much of an abomination S. Darko was.  Obviously trying to cash in on the Darko name and trying to achieve the same cult status by going crazier and stealing the ideas from the original, absolutely nothing works in the end.  Starring the actress who actually played Samantha in the original Donnie Darko and that dick Chuck from “Gossip Girl,” S. Darko shows us Donnie’s sister Samantha (Chase) 8 years after “the incident” as she runs away from home with her friend Corey (Evigan) to L.A., but ends up in the middle of nowhere seeking help from locals like Randy (Westwick) when their car breaks down.  At night, Samatha starts having out of body experiences that include her predicting the end of the world and evoking big wavy air monsters out of people.  But don’t worry, it ends up not mattering. Nothing in this movie matters.  At all.  I’m going to spoil everything because you shouldn’t waste your time.  The film ends with Samantha going back in time and turning all the events back, making everything okie dory.  The entire film, all the conflicts, all the events, all the actions, all the dead characters, just turned back to normal.  Not to mention the horrid acting by Westwick, who couldn’t play a more unconvincing drunken waste.  Fisher tries to make the instances with Samantha creepy and edgy, but again nothing meets the intelligence or genius of the original Donnie Darko.  Every big plot device can be scoffed at as a joke because there are about 20 details the movie just fails to answer so we have no choice but to accept the character’s sad and pathetic deduction. Seriously, phew, this thing is a stinker.  S. Darko is nothing but a cheap imitation and a lame cash in attempt off an immensely superior movie.  If you’ve seen/love Donnie Darko and have any respect for the original…AVOID S. DARKO AT ALL COSTS!

Netflix Rating: 1/5


About Matt Donato

I love all things film. I'll watch any genre, any actor, at any time. This whole film critic thing is a passionate hobby for now which I'm balancing with working in the business world, but hey, someday, who knows?
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