Donnie Darko is one of my favorite films. It is a cult film that many enjoy but few truly understand. Only after the third time I saw it did I start to understand the tangent universe theory behind the film. After reading the tangent universe theory, it is clear that there is meaning behind even the most minute details of the plot. On the surface, Donnie Darko seems like it may be like any other angsty teen flick- which makes the complexities of it even more fascinating and consuming. Cosmic events occur alongside the most mundane of suburban issues. That is the true brilliance of it. It’s a science fiction film without all of the usual pomp and circumstance that goes along with science fiction. After reading the tangent universe theory, I have an even greater appreciation and all of the thought put into the direction and screenplay.