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How Donnie Darko’s Time Travel Works

The Time Travel in Donnie Darko

Growing up is never easy, but living in Middlesex, Virginia in 1988 sure doesn’t make things any better. Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) is about to learn that the hard way, as he’s accidentally stumbled into a chain of events that will define his community. And it all centers around him, and a batch of unique powers he’s about to acquire.

Who’s Time Traveling

It’s not who, but rather what is traveling through time, in the events of Donnie Darko, as a jet engine that dislodges from a plane during the last act travels through a portal that Donnie manipulates.

From When To When

That jet engine is sent back in time 28 days, 06 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds, from October 30th, 1988 to October 2nd, 1988.

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