“Donnie Darko” is a 2001 fantasy film which has grown to develop a cult following. This movie follows a period of time in the life of Donnie Darko, a teenager from suburban America, who is warned that the world will end in less than a month. Although the movie takes a crazy twist right at the very end, despite all of Donnie’s actions and the nature of the plot, I would argue that Donnie is the good guy in the story. He is the hero and he ends up really saving the day.
In the film, it is the middle of the night when a very strange looking rabbit figure, Frank, comes to Donnie’s house and tells him that the world will end in 29 days. Donnie is confused by the monster-looking rabbit but goes back to sleep. The following morning, a mysterious plane part lands in his bedroom and the aviation official are unable to determine where the piece came from. Here Donnie begins to believe that Frank may somehow be telling the truth and Frank gains credibility.
Frank tells Donnie to do many different things which seem wrong. For example, Donnie floods his entire school because Frank tells him to. Frank also plants the idea of time travel in Donnie’s head and he begins to seek more information on the topic. His strange behavior makes him an interesting patient for his psychotherapist who eventually believes that Donnie has lost touch with reality. Donnie reveals to his psychotherapist his visits from Frank which likely explain how she came to that conclusion. The psychotherapist tries to diagnose Donnie with schizophrenia and says that Frank is just a hallucination, a symptom of the disease. Unfortunately, under hypnosis, Donnie tells the psychotherapist that Frank may kill someone.
With time, some of the strange things that Frank has Donnie do come to have a reason. For example, Frank instructs Donnie to burn down a house. After this is done, child pornography is found in the burn remains and the homeowner is arrested. Although this action appears to be wrong in the...