Director Cameron Crowe (JERRY MAGUIRE, ALMOST FAMOUS) teams up with Tom Cruise once again in an adaptation of Alejandro Amenabar's 1997 Spanish film OPEN YOUR EYES. Cruise plays David Aames, a playboy publisher leading a seemingly charmed life. His most recent playmate is his "friend" Julie Gianni (Cameron Diaz), who cares for David more than he realizes. When David meets the fetching Sofia Serrano (Penélope Cruz) at his birthday party, he awakens to the possibility of what true love can feel like, leaving Julie distraught. However, after an accident that changes David's life, he is forced to rethink his choices. This psychological thriller becomes roller coaster ride of flashbacks as David tries to make sense of all that has happened, relaying some surreal experiences to a psychiatrist (Kurt Russell) after being charged with murder. The film's message may differ for each viewer, but it does make one bold point: every action has consequences.
Crowe gets exceptional performances from Cruise, Cruz, and Diaz and the alluring pop soundtrack features songs from REM, Radiohead, Bob Dylan, and Peter Gabriel. Amazingly, the scene of Cruise running through a completely empty Times Square was shot on location, a major feat in and of itself.
Cameron Crowe - Screenwriter, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)
Steven Spielberg - Oscar-winning director/producer/screenwriter
Steven Allan Spielberg - Oscar-winning director/producer/screenwriter
Kurt Russell - American Actor, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981)
Tilda Swinton - Oscar-winning British actress, MICHAEL CLAYTON
Johnny Galecki - American Actor, formerly on "Roseanne"
Alicia Witt - Actress/"Fun"
Tom Cruise - American Actor, RISKY BUSINESS, EYES WIDE SHUT
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV - American Actor, RISKY BUSINESS, EYES WIDE SHUT
Cameron Diaz - American Actress/THE MASK
Timothy Spall - British Actor, TOPSY-TURVY (1999)
Alejandro Amenábar - Spanish director
Jason Lee - American actor, MALLRATS/My Name is Earl
Paula Wagner - Producer
Noah Taylor - Australian Actor/"Flirting"
Mateo Gil - Screenwriter, VANILLA SKY (2001)
Penélope Cruz - Spanish actress, VOLVER
Theatrical Release: DECEMBER 14, 2001
"...Mr. Cruise so dominates the film with his taut, intensely focused drive that VANILLA SKY takes on an autobiographical resonance..." - 12/14/2001 New York Times, p.E28
"...Strikingly well-made....The picture has vitality, a fine cast and excellent craft..." - 12/10/2001 Variety, p.32
"...Every bet as strange and creepily effective as the original..." - 02/01/2002 Box Office, p.60
"...Crowe's version is lustrously well textured, impeccably produced....Engrossing..." - 02/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.63-4
"...[Featuring] strong performances....[An] effective drama..." - 01/27/2002 Chicago Sun-Times, p.6