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Vanilla Sky

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Director: Cameron Crowe

Cast: Cameron Crowe, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz


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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 Cruz,…  See more details below


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 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Audacious, dazzling, and even surrealistic, Vanilla Sky begins as a rather conventional erotic thriller but in fairly short order becomes something unclassifiable -- which probably explains the allure of this hypnotically compelling film. And talk about perfect casting: Tom Cruise plays a rich, handsome, self-assured publishing executive as though he were to the manor born, blithely dismissing underlings hither and yon while romancing leggy seductress Cameron Diaz. He’s a guy who has it all, knows it, and enjoys it. Then along comes Penelope Cruz, the winsome Spanish beauty who sweeps him off his feet and sends Diaz into a murderous rage that results in grotesque disfigurement for the pretty-boy publisher. The Cruise character goes into a tailspin, but for us to reveal more would be doing a grave disservice to director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous), whose imaginative treatment makes Vanilla Sky virtually unique among mainstream Hollywood movies. Inspired by Open Your Eyes, the 1998 art-house hit from Spain (which featured Cruz in the same role) Vanilla Sky is a cinematically ambitious magic-carpet ride that besieges the senses with amazing sights and sounds. The narrative just barely restrains Crowe's creative flights of fancy; indeed, at times the story line seems obtrusive or irrelevant. But the Cruise-Cruz chemistry is palpable, and the presence of these luminous stars helps to bring Crowe’s Sky down to earth, where it can be appreciated. The director supplies a thoughtful commentary for the DVD, which also includes an in-depth conversation with Cruise, two behind-the-scenes documentaries (Prelude to a Dream and Hitting It Hard), assorted bloopers, and an interview with Paul McCartney, whose music is prominently featured in the film.
All Movie Guide
In the same year as Steven Spielberg's love-it-or-hate-it A.I., Cameron Crowe also polarized audiences with this thought-provoking, frustrating, and above-all ambitious mosaic on the states of being and perception. Vanilla Sky is one of those cinematic pretzels that ties a critic into knots, because the torrent of deconstructive theorizing it encourages would reveal key surprises. What can be divulged is that Crowe departs, for the first time in his career, from the realistic, sentimental storytelling that has interested him, switching over to existentialism as easily as if he were David Lynch. The difference here is that Crowe holds himself accountable to providing answers -- something Lynch has considered beneath him. A script's worth of dreamy fragments and elliptical time lines resolve themselves in a manner that most viewers should grasp. Whether they will curse or cheer Crowe for what he decides to keep withheld is up to the individual. Tom Cruise's evident comfort working with his Jerry Maguire director results in a daring performance that can be as unsettling to watch as his most wrenching scenes in Born on the Fourth of July. Disfigured in an accident, his David Aames must interact with the world stripped of his beauty, left to contemplate the arrogant nonchalance with which he manhandled people. Penelope Cruz (who began dating Cruise during filming) continues making strides as an actress, and Cameron Diaz exudes an intense combination of sadness and rage that earned her a variety of acting citations. Whether viewers emerge feeling gypped or gripped, they're likely to carry Vanilla Sky around with them for awhile -- an increasingly rare attribute worth applauding.
New York Times - Stephen Holden
What carries the movie is Mr. Cruise's impeccable marathon-man star turn.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

There is wonderful chemistry of two quite different kinds between Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz on the one hand, and Cruise and Penelope Cruz on the other.

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Special Features

Commentary by Cameron Crowe and Nancy Wilson; 12 alternate scenes with commentary by director Cameron Crowe; 2 new vignettes: ; Mask test; Kurt Russell single take; Photo gallery with audio introduction by photographer Neal Preston; An interview with Paul McCartney; Music video "Afrika Shox" by Leftfield/Afrika Bambaataa; Gag reel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Cruise David Aames
Penélope Cruz Sofia Serrano
Cameron Diaz Julie Gianni
Jason Lee Brian Shelby
Kurt Russell McCabe
Noah Taylor Edmund Ventura
Timothy Spall Thomas Tipp
Tilda Swinton Rebecca Dearborn
Alicia Witt Libby
Johnny Galecki Peter Brown
Michael Shannon Aaron

Technical Credits
Cameron Crowe Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Tom Cruise Producer
Mateo Gil Screenwriter
Paul McCartney Songwriter
Nicotero Kurtzman & Berger EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
Paula Wagner Producer
Nancy Wilson Score Composer

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Vanilla Sky 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
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I think this movie is good, but it shouldn't be so dark.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tom Cruse is brilliantly over chopped in a wonderflly formated movie. Cruise suspends over a relationship turned frantickly insanely obsessive, and a true love... Its easy for the son of a large corporate business to make friends when he drives around in a 1968 ford cobra SHHHH elby. Pay close attention to the smaller things in order to fully enjoy this flick. Exciting, fast , enlightening, and I think, one oof the year's best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vanila Sky has the best trio ensomble of the year, with Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise. After David (Cruise) falls madly in love with Sophia (Cruz), he breaks up with popular-type girl Julie (Diaz). But that's not gonna end like that. Julie drives herself off a cliff and killes herself and scarng David. But that it...? Cameron Diaz got a Golden Globe nomination for her role. This is the perect movie about obesion with a lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was not the best movie i've seen it was way to confusing and why didn't he get the girl!?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever doze off in the middle of some meeting and you dream you're fallling? Your mind tells you you're falling, but in reality, your head is slipping off your hand or you're leaning to one side as you sleep. This is a mix of the body and mind taking in information, trying to discern what is happening as you sleep. This movie does the same by evoking the brightest and darkest parts of a man's psyche that eventually lead to a spiritual awakening. Kick a$$ flick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a quick or easy movie to digest. I didn¿t see the theatrical release, missed reading or hearing all the reviews, and had no idea what the movie was about. I rented the DVD when it became available because I like Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz. I thought, as I¿m sure many people did that had seen the advertisements or heard pre-release buzz, that the film was a murder mystery, conspiracy theory, or something similar. I expected a Hollywood movie. In other words, pablum. I would be entertained, I wouldn¿t have to think as everything unfolded quickly before my eyes, and the bad guys would be punished as the good guys triumphed. The one thing I didn¿t expect was a sci-fi plot. I spent the first hour wondering why the film seemed slow, desultory, and unclear ¿ it wasn¿t meeting my expectations and I questioned how much I liked it. The bar scenes and those immediately following outside in the street were unsettling. The characters struggled to recapture the easy and fluid interactions they once enjoyed, but instead, everything was now strained, difficult, and ¿disfigured¿, making the timing of David Ames¿ (Tom Cruise) ¿splice¿ understandable. The ending explains much. It¿s sad, yet also filled with opportunity; a chance to live life differently the second time around. The movie evokes a questioning of what is real, what endures, and an awareness that it¿s the small things that are important. I watched it twice, and enjoyed it much more once I understood what was going on. The director¿s commentary (on DVD) is helpful, but is a little longer and filled with more rambling than I would have liked. This is a rich movie for those that like to think. There is much here to ponder and discuss, but perhaps that can wait and I¿ll tell you in another life, when we are both cats¿.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen this movie twice and I think it is an excellent choice. I won't even attempt to explain the complexness of this film. It's got an amazing story line, a great cast, and is very twisted throughout. It makes your brain work to try to figure it out. All in all, it's a great movie that I highly recommend seeing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this film is one of the best, for lack of a better word, choreographed films I have ever seen in my life. This film is so beautifully poetic that I feel pity for the individuals who say things like ''how come he didn't get the girl''. Vanilla Sky is meant to be your imagination. . . . . think. . . love
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie for those of you who have a practice lucid dreaming...true if you know nothing on LD it is confusing...and for those who ask why he didn't get the girl at the end...if you use your imagination and listen carefully....i believe he did...just listen to the voice at the end when he is being woke up once was her....and the fact that they said they would meet in another life time...tadaaa!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film was way too confusing and I did not feel that watching it again was a good use of my time. I am reasonably intelligent but this was over the top. Director's commentary just convinced me some people in Hollywood take themselves way too seriously.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is defenetly a one of a kind. such an amazing movie, who makes you think about it, and about it's idea for a long time after you've finished watching it. it is a briliant movie, and faces one of the most fasinating subjects in our lifes- the sub-consious. highly recomended, and realy is an excelent movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like cookie cutter predictable movies this one is not for you. Otherwise, enjoy the ride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had a headache after watching this movie, u should not have to watch a movie 3 times just to understand what is going on. I would not reccommend it to anyone. I'm not to happy with Tom Cruise's choice of roles anymore, it was just as bad as Eyes Wide Shut.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vanilla Sky rocks! Tom Cruise is still one of the hottest guys in Hollywood!!!! But that¿s not the only reason why I liked this movie¿ The way Monet¿s painting was integrated into the theme was so bada$$! The ending was amazing too ¿ a bit ambiguous, but I think they ultimately ended up together, as it should be. I could watch this movie over and over again¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
Almost unimaginably bad. I love Rush and watched it on his recommendation. Perhaps he was still deaf when he watched this and temporarily afflicted with blindness as well. Truly a gawdawful movie. Bizzare story which is to movies what modern art is to art. Made absolutely no sense whatsoever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do not watch this movie if you are just in the mood to veg out for the evening. But if you want something a' la Memento which will make you think as you watch, this is definetly the film to see. There is new stuff to notice every time. Just remember: there are no ''final'' answers or interpretations to this film - you have to find those inside yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie ''messes'' with your brain - makes you THINK. (What a concept!!) Sadly, being made to think is not for most moviegoers. No kidding, afterwards while making love to my wife, I wondered briefly for a fraction of a second if she might suddenly morph into someone else. Loved Benny the Dog. Wonderful imagery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie started out slow but picked up in the relationship aspects in the beginning of the movie. It even added a lot of heat where it was needed. When the first twist (of which there were many) occurred, it was discomforting and very confusing. Still, I stayed with it, as once again the relationships among the characters again Intrigued me. By the time the ending came, I was frustrated beyond reason and the ending didn't make my comfort level with this film any more palatable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In all truth this movie is one of the best movies I have ever seen. My mind was spinning the whole time because there is not one minute in which the movie did not touch my personal life as I know it will touch yours. It had everything except violence which is more than what a movie needs. Excellent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved this movie the first time I saw it, like it more with each successive viewing. This is a movie that grabs hold of you, pulls you down dark alleys and makes you face things you usually do not think about. If you are in the mood for the typical Hollywood pablum (such as American Pie or anything with Meg Ryan) don't bother with Vanilla Sky - you just won't get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rated this movie one star because you can't rate it any less than that. It was the stupidest movie I've ever seen. To this day, I don't get what the point of the movie was. I understood what happened at the end, but through the entire movie it kept losing me. I hear it's one of those movies you have to see more than once to understand, but I couldn't bring myself to watch it again.