Darko” gives you two great tastes that taste great together: High school and metaphysical mindf*cks. We’re concerned with the latter item today, with five movies like “Donnie Darko” that will leave you scratching your head so hard you’ll need industrial strength Head & Shoulders for your scalp to recover.
Time-travel is one of the most inherently confusing concepts in science fiction, due to all the paradoxes and stuff that arise from it. And a well-constructed time-travel story, like the one in “Primer,” will have you all the more confused because you can’t just chalk up any sticking points to “continuity errors.” The plot has to do with a couple of amateur scientists who accidentally stumble upon a time machine. The mechanics are too involved and complicated to go into here, but suffice it to say it makes “Donnie Darko” look like “Back to the Future.” The first “Back to the Future.”