Vanilla SkyDecember 14, 2001
A successful publisher finds his life taking a turn for the surreal after a car accident with a jaded lover.
Release Year: 2001
Rating: 6.9/10 (116,587 voted)
Critic's Score: 45/100
Stars: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz
David Aames takes all he has for granted; his wealth, his inherited publishing company, his good looks – his relationships. Especially his relationships. It catches up to him when a friend/sometimes sex-partner can't see their relationship the way he sees it. From that point, the movie takes a Lynchian twist that ultimately and literally pulls us into Aames' tortured psyche.
Writers: Alejandro Amenábar, Mateo Gil
Open Your Eyes
Pathé / Wanadoo (Cable/ASDL, Modem) (French) |
Release Date: 14 December 2001
Filming Locations: 108th-96th Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $25,015,518
(16 December 2001)
(28 April 2002)
Did You Know?
During the pop culture montage scene towards the end of the movie a picture of Nancy Wilson (wife of Cameron Crowe) from Heart can be seen.
When David pulls up to his office early on, there are cars parked in front of and behind him. In the next shot, from the side, those cars have disappeared.
Open your eyes.
Open your eyes. Open your eyes. Open your eyes. Open your eyes. Open you…
[David wakes up and pushes the snooze button on his alarm]
Why people dislike this movie…
I for one really like this movie for some reasons I'll go into late but I
want to touch on why I think people don't like it. First off, there are
people out there who just like to hate Tom Cruise. I don't understand it
really. Second, Cameron Crowe I think successfully p***es off two groups
movie-goers with this film. The casual, relaxed, "not looking to think too
hard" group of movie-goers are left confused when the plot takes a
180 at the end of the movie. And the deep, philosophical, mystery-fans are
devastated when Crowe has one of his characters completely explain the
This is a good movie. And Tom Cruise does a very good job in it. I think
it's probably his best performance from what I've seen all though I
seen all of his movies, or even a majority of them probably. The
cast is good as well. Penelope Cruz gives a solid performance and Jason
I like the story, and I think that's what Vanilla Sky is more than
It's a mystery, an adventure, and a romantic comedy, but it's mostly just
good story. And it has a lot of philosophical undertones to it, and many
similar ideas and stories like this occur in historical philosophy. David
Aames (Cruise) is the man that had everything he wanted, more or less lost
it, was given a second chance with a catch to regain it all back, and in
end facing his demons and the full scope of what is happening, chooses
reality, simplicity, and normality to see if he can finally find the one
thing he could never get a grip on: happiness.
Many people were disappointed that Crowe laid out the complete mystery at
the end. I think it's necessary. The audience then knows beyond a shadow
a doubt that David is aware of his circumstances and it makes the choice
the end all the more powerful.
And the music in the movie is great. It's probably what makes the movie as
enjoyable as it is. Particularly, "Njosnavelin" by Sigur Ros, which is an
All in all, I'd give it 3 out 4 stars. It's a movie with some substance
those who like to think things through, and a great story for those
to relax. That "moderate" approach is probably why people dislike it so
because it isn't a full blown mystery, or a full blown love story. It
and matches different elements and genres.