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SYNOPSIS OF DONNIE DARKO Donnie Darko is a troubled schizophrenic teenager who lives in the picturesque American suburb of Middlesex When an unidentified giant aeroplane engine crashes into his room a chain of mysterious events is triggered Donnie is visited in his sleep by a giant bunny called Frank god-like prophet who has a gunshot wound over his eye encourages him to sleepwalk and consequently saves Donnie from the jet engine telling him that the world will end in 28 days As this day Halloween approaches Donnie stops taking his medication becomes increasingly detached from reality and alienated from his quietly dysfunctional family and frustrating school life His only respites are his new girlfriend Gretchen Franks night time visits and his discovery of the possibility of time travel to which he is sure Frank is linked The plot takes a devastating turn as on Halloween Gretchen is fatally hit by a speeding car The driver steps from behind the wheel to be revealed as none other than Frank Donnie overcome with rage and grief kills Frank with one lethal shot to the head before fleeing with Gretchens body Donnie realises the only way to change the course of events is to go back in time utilising the break in the spacetime continuum that is the trigger for the end of the world be killed by the falling jet engine and in turn avert the worlds end The film ends with this shift in time and the vindication of Donnies ideas formerly attributed to mental illness with Donnies family grieving outside their house as emergency services rush to the scene Gretchen a stranger to Donnie at this point cycles past and waves unaware of his sacrifice for her Sub-plotlines revolve around the satirical characters of life-coachmotivational speaker Jim Cunningham who is responsible for a kiddy porn ring and evangelistic teacher Kitty Farmer a devout follower of Cunningham spearhead of the Free Jim Cunningham Campaign and
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