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Vanilla Sky

 NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (478 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Look Closer Nov. 18 2006
A lot of folks didn't get this movie, or at least could not relate to it. But it's not all too difficult a thing to understand. This movie is a great mind-trip, entertaining at that. It is acted well, it is shot well, it has a great blend of real-time action and surrealism and a phenomenal soundtrack. But it all really is quite powerful if you get through its surface. It challenges you to ask yourself what reality is, what happiness is, what the difference between meaning and superficiality is and how your mind truly does control the universe around you. Well I saw all that in it anyhow. And yes, one more time, the soundtrack is phenomenal. I do believe this is one of Cruise's best films. He took the sane-guy gone mad role a little too seriously in life, but here it shines along with a stellar supporting role from Jason Lee. Check it out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another Cruise Catastrophe Sept. 16 2005
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
This film stars Tom Cruise.
Sadly, that statement condemns the watcher to over two hours of flat characterisation, empty purpose and hollow feelings. Tom Cruise plays himself admirably. He dare attempt no other role. The casting deprives a powerful story of its fundamental strength. The perceptive viewer will quickly realise that this plot is rich with promise, a covenant emptied of its worth by the inadequacy of its lead actor. The story, opening with the hackneyed depiction of sex, money and power, soon enters a new realm of fantasy. The issue of "what is real?", reduced to a trance state from overuse, is here granted a fine resurrection. The surprise is its mechanism.
The story of a "poor little rich kid" seems, initially, too weary to endure again. Inheriting a publishing house, a New York apartment and a resentment toward his departed father, David Ames has no aims. His sole relationship with the company is an ongoing battle with the Board of Directors for control. The control isn't rooted in how the business is run - it seems to run itself. It's a personality clash - with seven people collectively having less personality than Cruise. How is that possible? David has a stable of ready women, as any rich pretty boy should. Notable among them is Julie - Cameron Diaz, whose sensuality is somehow actually enhanced in this film. How is that possible? David has another stable - his friends. This one contains but one resident - a stereotype struggling writer doing a fictional autobiography. Which is possible to the point of saturation.
This scenario promises the ennui of a George Sanders film until David encounters Sofia. Played by Penelope Cruz, Sofia vacillates between repelling David's advances and enticing him on. The first encounter lasts the entire night.
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4.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU LIKE PLOT TWISTS YOU WILL LIKE THIS MOVIE. July 16 2004
"Vanilla Sky" is a remake of the Spanish film "Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes)", and if you have seen the original film, you know that "Vanilla Sky" was made almost in the same way, but there a few key differences. The camera angles, the plot and most of scenes are almost the same in both movies, but "Vanilla Sky" uses a different music, this movie has a rock-oriented music score. Also, the character played by Cameron Diaz is an improvement over the original character, because Cameron adds more depth with her performance. Of course, since "Vanilla Sky" is a Hollywood movie, the visual effects and the budget are bigger this time.
"Vanilla Sky" offers a lot of plot twists, so the first screening might be mind-blowing to some viewers, if you like simple plots perhaps "Vanilla Sky" is not your movie. But if you like to be tricked with the characters and the plot, this film is for you. "Vanilla Sky" plays with the time, the movie goes back and forth between past and present, and sometimes you don't know if some events really happened or if the main character is just having a nightmare.
The cast in "Vanilla Sky" is very interesting: Tom Cruise is David, the main character, and Cruise gave one of his most inspired performances in recent years. Cameron Diaz is outstanding as Julie, she improved the character from "Open Your Eyes". Penelope Cruz plays exactly the same role, yes, the same role in both movies, one might think that she would improve her performance this time, but nop, she reprises her role step by step. Jason Lee plays Brian, the best friend of David, and he does a good job here, he adds sympathy and charm to his character. Kurt Russell plays McCabe, the psychiatrist that tries to solve the puzzle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing film that could have been stellar June 26 2004
I have watched Vanilla Sky three times now, and every time it has left me powerfully affected. It deals with many topics that interest me, particularly the study of dreams vs. reality, and the nature of relationships, and love. There is much that is very good about it, however it contains one major flaw that prevents it from being truly great.
The acting, is overall top notch. Jason Lee turns in yet again another stellar supporting role; he radiates charisma in this performance, and fits the role given perfectly. Cameron Diaz is a fine choice for Julianna, she brings an almost maniacal sense of urgency to her character that was both disturbing and complusively watchable; she simply looks amazing on film. Tom Cruise performs more than adaquetly as well, and perhaps the greatest kudos must be given to Penelope Cruz, who simply lights up the screen here. Her charisma is unmistakable, and she infuses this film with life and vibrancy. This is a film with many powerful images, be it the gorgeous vanilla skies that soar over New York within the dream, or the (SPOILER) unforgettable image of Cruise's David Aames waving farewell to his disfigured reflection in the mirror. It entices in the first viewing, draws you in irresistably, and apon further viewings still moves with great pacing, and many subtle clues and hints can be found that help the viewer understand the nature of David Aame's reality. My only real complaint is that Cameron Crowe for some inexplicable reason (though it certainly must have been because of confused test audiencies, those who this film is not intended for anyway) chose to come out at the end of the film and blatantly reveal all of the films secrets and twists; he talks to the viewer as if we were 5 years old and need him to hold our hand.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Sky Fell
I was completely disappointed to receive this Vanilla Sky video. I was unable to watch it because it was in Italian - not English with no way to change it back into English. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Susanne J. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Mind Bending
This movie is very interesting as it takes you through a journey of an damaged person's psyche. It can be little difficult to follow and understand but the more you watch it, the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by EinCanada
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Tom Cruise
I loved it. It was a hard movie to find, and I watched it many times. The quality of the dvd was great.
Published 10 months ago by darin anbender
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindtrip
I normally don't like Tom Cruise films but this one grabbed my attention when I read the storyline.
Acting was fanominal. Romance, hope, love, suspense, murder... Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. Palladino
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Published 17 months ago by F. Marra
4.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing mind bender!
The engrossing Dec/2001 film Vanilla Sky is quite the psychological mind bender and it never lets you get too comfortable. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2010 by Robert Badgley
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Rent this movie
This movie is a horrible movie. It makes no sense. just when you think you are getting it, it all of the sudden takes a twist in a whole new direction. Horrible movie.
Published on March 20 2005
The most amazing thing about this movie is finding people who are actually giving it 5 stars. I guess this just goes to show you that if you pour enough money in any misguided... Read more
Published on June 22 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The best film in the history of cinema!
This is not coming from a random person without knowledge of the movie industry. I am a huge movie fan. I see nearly 50 movies a year in theaters, most likely more. Read more
Published on June 20 2004 by T. Brown
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