Donnie’s younger sister Samantha sets off for Hollywood with her best friend Corey only to become stranded in a small town after their car suffers trouble. As with the first movie, weird dreams meld with time travel and the reappearance of Frank to create a twisted web of mystery that Samantha must unravel to save the world.
Daveigh Chase (Samantha), Briana Evigan (Corey), James Lafferty (Iraq Jack), Ed Westwick (Randy), John Hawkes (Phil), Bret Roberts (Officer O’Dell), Jackson Rathbone (Jeremy), Matthew Davis (Pastor John).
Where the first movie was a frighteningly unusual and thought provoking piece of film appealing to a very narrow slice of viewers, this film is much more mainstream while being much less thought provoking. Though I hate comparisons with sequels, the plot in this film truly felt for the most part like they were recreating the original plot with different actors and settings. Everything that happened in the first hour of the film was completely expected once it was noticed to be following the original and felt more like a remake than a sequel. That said, the film was still very interesting and well done with the time travel component being particularly interesting to me. The film is light on character development which also lends to the feeling that this is a stand-alone film, not a Darko sequel. A bit slow with the pace this one only picks up and moves fast a couple of times before slowing again for the ending.
Acting was surprisingly pretty good with Chase the most interesting as she flipped between innocent, wise, sexy and demure frequently. Westwick did a good job supporting and could have made the film more with a bigger role. Supporting by Evigan, Lafferty, Hawkes and the rest was spot-on.
Sets, background, sound and dialogue were all nicely done and consistent with the first film. Effects were good for the most part with the new Frank mask a very nicely done evolution. Soundtrack was nice with some really interesting pieces used.
Overall this is a good Darko film, just don’t expect a sequel to the original. Similar in look and texture, the flavor is a bit different. Hard to say who will like or dislike this one so you will just have to take a chance and see for yourself.
Some foul language, violence, and drug use but this one should be okay for older teens and above.
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Thrillers, Psychological Thrillers, Sci-Fi Thrillers, Mystery
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