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Vanilla Sky (2001)

Cast: Tom Cruise, Tom Cruise, PenÚlope Cruz, more...
Director: Cameron Crowe, Cameron Crowe
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Studio: Paramount
Genre: Science Fiction , Cyberpunk
Running Time: 135 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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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, 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, All Movie Guide

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Open Your Eyes
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Mulholland Drive
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Jerry Maguire
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GreenCine Member Reviews

You can't fool Mother Nature by WZoller October 16, 2005 - 2:49 PM PDT
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Make sure you see the original Spanish movie. It is superior to this one and Penelope Cruz acts better in that one than she does in this one (Spanish vs. English?). Cruise and Diaz were never believable in their roles and Kurt Russell is wasted.

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So, just what is this "reality" thing anyhow...
Some entertaining little mindf*ckery for the schizophrenic in all of us
Thinking Person's Science Fiction
The directors of these movies never underestimated their viewer's intellect.

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