S. Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale

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Daveigh Chase reprises her role as Samantha Darko in this sequel set seven years after the events of director Richard Kelly's acclaimed cult hit. The day Donnie Darko died, his family died too. Almost a decade later, eighteen year old Sam still feels the loss every day. She longs to become a professional dancer, and decides to take a road trip to California with her best friend Corey (Briana Evigan). When their car breaks down just outside the dusty small town of Conejo Springs, carefree Corey bides her time waiting for a new water pump to arrive by striking up a friendship with local bad boy Randy Holt (Ed Westwick). The following morning, a meteor crashes to the ground nearby, destroying a local farmer's windmill and leaving a gaping crater in the ground. In the aftermath of that unsettling incident, Sam's disturbing prophetic dreams seem to start spilling over into the real world. Could the people around her prove the key to unlocking this unearthly mystery? Unfortunately for Sam, religious fanatics Trudy Potter (Elizabeth Berkley) and Pastor John Mellit (Matthew Davis) seem more interested in spouting religious clichés that pondering the end of the world, and Randy and the locals are too busy partying to notice that events are coming to a head. When the locals begin to gossip, Sam and Corey's friendship starts to suffer, and the pair have a bitter falling out. Unaware of the fact that they have become inexorably bound by fate to a missing child, an unstable Gulf War veteran, and a mysterious rift in the time-space continuum, the former friends discover that the world will soon perish unless a substantial sacrifice is made. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for S. Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale

All Critics (8) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (7)

  • Director Fisher does a decent job of taking the reins and delivers a dark and delicate tragic fairy tale to audiences.

    Aug 10, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This 'Donnie Darko Tale' is all style, no substance - a superficial imitation that retraces the original's twists and turns but offers none of its own.

    Jan 30, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's been reported that Richard Kelly has completely disowned this movie, and for good reason

    Jan 9, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • I love Donnie Darko. It is ominous, funny, replete with ... well-observed moments. S. Darko is a callous attempt to cash in on its well-earned appreciation.

    Aug 11, 2009 | Rating: D
  • The entire project seems to sweat from the exertion of its writer Nathan Atkins and director Chris Fisher to do something-anything-to make the film worthwhile.

    Jun 20, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It wants to echo the original but can't figure out the rhythms.

    Jun 2, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for S. Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale

  • Apr 17, 2015
    If you can separate yourself from how much this differs from the quality of the original, you might find that you enjoy it! Spoiler: You can't.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 04, 2013
    An atmospheric psychological thriller, S. Darko is a bit inexplicable but eminently fascinating. Seven years after her brother's death Samantha Darko runs into Roberta Sparrow's grandson while traveling to L.A., and is called upon by forces from the beyond to help him close a tangent universe that threatens to destroy the world. The film does an interesting role reversal by taking the perspective of the Manipulated Dead; as it's the spirit of Dead-Samantha that guides Sparrow. And, in keeping with the Samantha character, the tone and visual style incorporates a fantasy-esque theme. Starring Daveigh Chase, Briana Evigan, Ed Westwick, and Elizabeth Berkley, the casting is fairly good. However, the script is poorly written, and lacks the sophistication and cleverness of the original. Additionally, while the soundtrack complements the mood and tone of the film, it doesn't feel characteristic of the mid-90s. S. Darko is a stylish and intriguing thriller, but it tries too hard to compete with Donnie Darko and ends up being overly convoluted.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2012
    Awful and pointless sequel to the superior horror suspense cult hit, Donnie Darko is a film that never should have been made. The film has a poorly written script, bad directing and a very poor cast. This film doesn't have anything good going for it. Painful and unwatchable. This sequel is a mess from start to finish, and it doesn't have the psychological tension that the first film did. This is a poor sequel that should never have been made. The director crafts a sloppy film and with a poor cast and script, it's clear to see why as a psychological horror film, S. Darko fails miserably. There's not a shroud of creative integrity here and simply put this sequel is a slap in the face to the great psychological horror flick, Donnie Darko which was released in 2001. This is a film that is definitely not worth your time and you should check out the first instead. Director Chris Fisher clearly lacks any directing flair, and can't grasp the material that was established so well in the original. There's nothing worth seeing in this to really make it stand out. All this film is is an exercise in awful filmmaking. This is a clichéd piece of trash that fans of the first should definitely avoid. If you're looking for poor filmmaking then look no further than S. Darko. The biggest problem with this film is that it tries too hard at outdoing the original, but fails and in doing so; we have a film with a cast that deliver bad dialogue, and a very poor plot. There's nothing here that will please fans of Richard Kelley's psychological horror Cult classic.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2011
    Really dumb...I'm not sure what this has to do with the first one. Even on its own, it wasn't worth much.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer

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