A remake of the Spanish film Open Your Eyes (1997), this thriller from director Cameron Crowe bears one of several discarded titles for his previous, Oscar-winning film Almost Famous (2000). Tom Cruise stars as David Ames, a womanizing playboy who finds romantic redemption when he falls in love with his best friend's girlfriend Sofia (Penelope ...Read MoreA remake of the Spanish film Open Your Eyes (1997), this thriller from director Cameron Crowe bears one of several discarded titles for his previous, Oscar-winning film Almost Famous (2000). Tom Cruise stars as David Ames, a womanizing playboy who finds romantic redemption when he falls in love with his best friend's girlfriend Sofia (Penelope Cruz, reprising her role from the original film). Before that relationship can begin, however, David is coaxed into a car driven by an ex-lover, Julie (Cameron Diaz), who turns out to be suicidal. Driving her car off a bridge, Julie kills herself and horribly disfigures David. Reconstructive surgery and the loving support of Sofia seem to reverse David's luck, but eerie incidents are soon making him question the reality of his existence and his control over his life, even while he is suspected of complicity in Julie's death. Vanilla Sky (2001) bears the expected Crowe trademark of an obsession with recent pop culture and particularly rock music, a more important element of the remake than the original film. That project's writer/director, Alejandro Amenabar, crafted his own supernatural hit the same year with The Others (2001), starring Nicole Kidman, the soon-to-be-ex-wife of Cruise. Karl Williams, RoviRead Less
TITLE: Vanilla Sky
GENRE: SciFi/Philosophical near future
CAST: The Cruzzes: Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Jason Lee, Kurt Russell
PLOT: This one's a tricky plot. A few truths which can be spoken: rich kid running inherited business jilts girlfriend and steals his buddy's babe for a night and falls in love. She evidently loves him too. Then things happen. The presentation surfs between flash back and the present as a story of some murder is being investigated. Beyond that, If you thought the twist ending of The Sixth Sense was good, it pales in comparison to this ending.
Cruise does some of his best work in this film (And he doesn't mind telling you in the DVD extra bits)
RETURN ON INVESTMENT: 9.25 of 10 The musical theme song Vanilla Sky is by McCartney! And one of his better efforts in years. The rest of the music is also top notch. The camera work excells, sets are NYC, Cruise's make up is better than first rate. The movie is good throughout and then the end is one of the greatest in movie history. Altogether it maintains your attention throughout.
ADDED DVD BONUS: The writer and director give away clues to the ... well just watch it and see.