Vanilla Sky

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.

What carries the movie is Mr. Cruise's impeccable marathon-man star turn.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2015
  • UPC: 883929335039
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:16:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 94,843

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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