Derren Brown, the British mind magician and all around annoying show off, has wowed the slackjawed public with his latest special, Hero at 30,000 feet, in which he takes a bad actor an average guy and turns him into a hero? at 30,000 feet (this is achieved with a plane in case you haven't yet realised it).
Now, I'm not one to nit-pick (not true, I really am), but I had a bone to pick with this show. Most people will tell you that it was all staged and that it was done with split screen technology or something equally annoying, but that wasn’t the problem.
The problem was? Derren Brown appears to have just made a mockumentary version of Donnie Darko.
Let's examine the evidence. Donnie Matt is an average guy who isn't fulfilling his potential and is yearning to be special. One night he sleepwalks after being woken up by a mysterious voice that tells him he has about a month until a life changing event will occur. By this point all that's missing is an 80s soundtrack and some rabbit ears on Brown. I half expected Matt to reveal he was just Jake Gyllenhaal wearing a, ?stupid man suit.?
Derren, who is now quite obviously channelling Frank the Rabbit, then wakes up Matt again, to bring him into the middle of a field to explain how his life is unfulfilled. We are then introduced to an animal that Matt is told represents power, a crocodile, in the film this part was played by the statue of the school?s mascot. As much as I wanted to see Matt put an axe through its skull it, unfortunately, never happened.
Matt then goes through a series of events that includes theft, breaking into the house of a respected member of society (the police commissioner, who isn't a paedophile in this show, or so we're lead to believe) and a feat of super human strength when he breaks out of the strait jacket on the train tracks.
At one point, Brown even says Matt is going through a, ?transformation from ordinary to extraordinary,? you know, like that high school kid who could time travel and had superpowers. What was his name again? Oh yeah, Donnie Darko.
But most of all, at the end of the show, a plane carrying some of his loved ones is supposed to be falling out of the sky and only he can save them!
Also the whole thing made about as much sense as Donnie Darko, but at least Drew Barrymore wasn?t in it.