S. Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale (2009)




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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for language, some violent content and brief drug use)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Nathan Atkins
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 28, 2009
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as Samantha Darko

as Iraq Jack

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Critic Reviews for S. Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale

All Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | January 30, 2010
San Francisco Examiner

It's been reported that Richard Kelly has completely disowned this movie, and for good reason

Full Review… | January 9, 2010
7M Pictures

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.

Full Review… | August 11, 2009

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.

Full Review… | June 20, 2009

It wants to echo the original but can't figure out the rhythms.

Full Review… | June 2, 2009

a thick, viscous sludge of clichés, stereotypes, and poorly written dialogue

Full Review… | May 10, 2009

Audience Reviews for S. Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale

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 roy

Super Reviewer

Really not as bad as I was expecting. Clearly the director and writer worship the original, there's so many similar plots and meticulous homages to it. Daveigh Chase isn't all that great, neither is the character of Sam. However, this movie's just so interesting for some reason. Maybe it was the cool 90s soundtrack that had me transfixed, but I honestly wasn't expecting anything more than a sci-fi channel original movie when I put it in. It's a nice surprise.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


I loved the first movie but I had to watch it a few times to really appreciate it. I'm not giving this one another chance. I thought that changing the past would make everything in the future right but it didnt seem that the boys were going to be discovered in the "new" future. And someone else was going to get the crazy rash from the radioactive meteor. There were so many alternate realities instead of just one like in the original.

Megan S

Super Reviewer

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