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Vanilla Sky 2001

A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover...

Release Date:
December 14, 2001
Duration:
136 min
Director:
Cameron Crowe ...
Cast:
Noah Taylor, Penélope Cruz, William Mapother, Ivana Milicevic, Tilda Swinton, Tommy Lee, Laura Fraser, Kurt Russell, Timothy Spall, Ken Leung, Brent Sexton, Tom Cruise, Michael Shannon, Jason Lee, Jimmy Federico, Julia Carothers Hughes, Alicia Witt, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Gimenez, Christie Campagna, Andrei Sterling, Conan O'Brien, Jennifer Aspen, Johnny Galecki, Scotch Ellis Loring, Jean Carol, Christie Will, W. Earl Brown, Alice Marie Crowe, Mark Kozelek, John Fedevich, Armand Schultz, Ana Maria Quintana, Cameron Watson, Michael G. Kehoe, Mark Bramhall, Steven Spielberg, Roger Lim, Tony Collucci, Tim Hopper, Jeff Weiss, James Murtaugh, Janine Foster, Jan Munroe, Shalom Harlow, Delaina Mitchell, Oona Hart, Jhaemi Willens, Robertson Dean, Ray Proscia, Carolyn Byrne, Mark Pinter, Bobby Walsh, Stacey Sher, Fred Schruers, Jessica Siemens, Holly Raye, Marty Collins, Jack Hall, David Lewison, Adam LeGrant, John Kepley, Robin Van Sharner, Laurel Wiley, Nicole Taylor Hart, Julia Decker, Jennifer Marie Kelley, Erin McElmurry, Mel Thompson, Jonathan Sanger, Paul Haggar, Randy Woodside, Robert F. Harrison, Carly Starr Brullo Niles, Jane Pratt, Patrick McMullen, Steven Colvin, Cindy Crowe, The Great John Sypolt, Danielle Wolf, Curt Skaggs, Lori Lezama, Todd Harrison, Blossom, Zach Hudson, Ryan Keating, Zachary Lee, Tara Lipinski, Christy Meyers, Tasha Tae, Jenn Griffin, Louis E. Rosas, Dustin LaValley, Craig Callow, Jennifer Griffin, Marie Paquim, Bryan Todd ...
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Romance, Sci-Fi, Fantasy ...
Countries:
USA, Spain

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Solar rating: 7.2

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Imdb rating: 6.9

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Ya, nice one, one of the best of Tom Cruise, also in my opinion. TY SM! o/
@doggygerms
I agree with EnkiHoffa. It's a great film, I would say better and more exciting than the original. I also would say even though it's not one of my favorites I always remember the brilliant use of music in the climax.
@doggygerms
If you've never seen it and shut it down after 25mins, you are really not doing yourself any favors.
The story develops throughout the entire movie, the climax occurs later than most films, and the overall pay-off is significant - even though it doesn't begin until the final 20-30mins of the film.
25 minutes into this movie I had to shut it off it was so boring.
Personally, I thought it was one of the best films made. Critics didn't like it, their loss. A wonderful and puzzling film. It makes you think about it after you leave the screen.
:fresh: Vanilla sky has gotten a lot of negative reviews with a few notable exceptions i.e. both Ebert & Roeper and the NY Times liked it. I have to say that most of the criticisms I have read about the movie have been way off the mark except for the budget giving the movie a very polished feel but the polish is an essential motor of the film. I rented it on DVD after seeing an episode of Ebert & Roeper well after the film had been reviewed in which both critics agreed that Vanilla Sky was very underrated. I saw it with very little expectation since E&R are hit or miss with me and I was captivated. If you have seen the film Exiztenz or generally like thinking and have your mind bent Vanilla Sky is worth viewing. It contains very subtle moral messages that are not driven home but are meandered around in a way that is applicable to 'real' life. You'll want to see it at least twice if not many more.
I'm listening to my favourite music right now...it's from the Vanilla Sky and Almost Famous soundtracks...man, Cameron Crowe just knows how to choose supergood music for his movies....

Elmer Bernstein- To Kill A Mockingbird
Enjoyed it quite a bit. The ending was awesome I thought. I am disappointed by all the lame movie reviews saying its bad though.

-drew-
I enjoyed the movie, but it wasn't as good as the original "Open your eyes".
7.5/10 rounds up to 8 here.
Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky isn't a terrible film, by any means...it's just an unnecessary one. While most people in America did not see the original Spanish film Abre Los Ojos, I was lucky enough to catch it on television late one night. While I do not consider it a masterpiece, or even particularly good, it did have an original plot that was intruiging even though the execution was sloppy at times. Oddly, I found the execution in Vanilla Sky to be markedly improved in some areas: the performance by Tom Cruise, for example, is an improvement over Eduardo Noriega's performance, and Crowe's direction contains some moments of haunting beauty. Yet I could not shake the feeling that this film was completely unnecessary: it is basically a shot-by-shot remake of another film. Penelope Cruz, who was in Abre Los Ojos, is actually playing the same role in this American version! That casting decision only accentuates how superfluous Vanilla Sky is. Added to this is the fact that the majority of the film is somewhat clumsily handled and occasionally ludicrous (a problem that plagued the original Spanish version as well). Crowe is at his best when he is delving into highly personal material (witness the great movies Say Anything... and Almost Famous). But he does not succeed in his mission to transplant an already cohesive film from Spain to Hollywood. Then again, who could?

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