My take on Donnie Darko *SPOILERS

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Posted by Raikus at on April 15, 2002 at 19:04:13:

In Reply to: ot. Thoughts on Donnie Darko posted by true ruler of canada on April 15, 2002 at 18:58:20:

: I thought it was really good, especially the ironic twist at the end, but
: there so much stuff I just didn't get, like the fat chinese chick,
: Grandma Death, Frank, and why theres a spiral thing on the jet
: engine. Did anybody else understand this stuff? It also had a kick
: ass soundtrack, great 80s stuff.

There seemed to be 3 types of people in the movie. Those that were unaware of the tangent universe, those that were somewhat aware of the tangent universe, and then Donnie and Grandma Death who knew it was happening.

The Chinease girl and Drew Barrymore (and to some extint the therapist) seemed to be those in the middle. They knew that something was going on.

Frank was killed in the tangent universe. According to the Philosophy of Time Travel, those killed in the tangent universe become extremely powerful. Therefore he was able to travel throughout the tangent universe and appear and disappear at will.

In other words, the engine was supposed to fall on Donnie and that was it. Nothing else should have happened (like it ends). Frank wouldn't have died, nor the girlfriend, and Patrick's child porn would have never been uncovered, etc.

As far as the spiral thing on the engine, I'm unsure as to what you mean.

Hope I've helped more than I've confused.

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