Thursday, March 25th, 2010


 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] I had no idea this sequel was coming out… Until it was out. Watched in 720p HD with Mark I (and with Carolyn, of course).

PEOPLE: Nobody from the original film, except for S. Darko (Samantha Darko, played by Daveigh Chase, who was the voice of Lilo in Lilo & Stitch, and was in The Ring).

It’s also not the original writer or director.

But we do get Elizabeth Berkley (Saved By The Bell, Showgirls) for a few scenes.

QUIRKS: Almost all of the same quirks as the original. They did a pretty good job reprising most of the original themes from the original movie — though it felt a bit forced at times. For instance, time flows backwards [highlight for spoilers] twice in this movie. It’s almost like they did it just to one-up the original. But it works pretty well.

Also, this takes place in the 1990s. 8 years after the original. 1996. Expect an updated soundtrack. We didn’t recognize the songs like we did with the first movie, but Mark I sure as hell recognized pretty much every song in the film.

BAD STUFF: This takes place in a podunk nowhere town, with less stuff going on, and fewer characters. Thus, there is less interplay between the characters, fewer interesting events, and no large crowds or schools (like in the original). Most of the scenes take place between the 2 main characters, the 2 guys they meet in the podunk town, and “Iraq Jack”, the “new Frank/Bunny Man” for this movie.

CONCLUSION: This is a good *sequel*. It certainly doesn’t stand up to the original; few sequels do. A lot of people rate this as a negative waste of time because they’ve set their expectations too high. To briefly quote one of the Netflix reviews of the movie: “People who are giving it bad reviews are holding it to a higher standard than the original and don’t appreciate the power of a sequel. Yes, they are oftentimes not as good. But they do allow for new branches of thoughts and conclusions that otherwise wouldn’t be possible”. Or as I paraphrase: Sequels are almost never better than the original. But they are better than nothing. If you like something, it’s cool to get more of it.

Netflix: 3/5 stars.
IMDB: 7/10.
Better than a generic movie, but nothing to cry home about.

RECOMMENDATION: If you liked Donnie Darko #1, and want more of that kind of stuff … This will give you more. But if you liked Donnie Darko #1, and DON’T want more of that kind of stuff — this movie will probably feel like a waste of time. It really depends on your outlook regarding sequels. They could have done worse.

MOVIE QUOTE: Sam: Four days, 17 hours, 26 minutes, 31 seconds. That is when the world will end.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Mark I didn’t really like it, but Mark on average doesn’t like most movies and rates most movies 2/5 stars. What a negative nancy. (more…)