Vanilla Sky is a visual wonder

7 Sep

Here is a film that deserves repeated viewings to take it all in. Vanilla Sky is a remake of the Spanish movie “Abre los Ojos” (Open Your Eyes), of course the film has many of the same elements, but I find this version closer to be a complete film. I was hooked from the brilliant opening sequence. David Aames (Tom Cruise) is a wealthy playboy that meets a mystery girl named Sofia (Penelope Cruz) at his birthday party. Immediately, he is intrigued by her, but he struggles with his past and how to deal with such a woman. The movie shifts into a different gear when he is disfigured in a car accident and is forced to wear a mask.

Writer/Director Cameron Crowe does a fantastic job of weaving an existential morality play that leaves audiences asking questions and looking back for answers. Visually, the film is breathtaking, and the acting is sensational. “Open your eyes” and see this movie.

WORD COUNT: 160

Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: B+

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