Wealthy owner of a New York publishing empire, David Aames is a playboy; buying what isn’t for sale, and hunting for the rarest of gems to appease his sense of self-worth. When he meets Sofia at his birthday party and falls in love with her, an ex-girlfriend chooses to commit suicide by crashing her car with David in the passenger seat. What is ‘real’, what is a ‘dream’? You will have to decide for yourself…
Production Year: 2001
July 29, 2013 05:15 (KSA) ~ July 29, 2013 04:15 (CLT)
A remake of a Spanish film titled "Abre los ojos" by director Alejandro Amenábar, which also starred Penélope Cruz, and to which Tom Cruise bought the English-production rights to; ‘Vanilla Sky’ opens with these lines "Abre los ojos" (Open your Eyes) spoken in Spanish. The film’s title comes from the Claude Monet painting seen during David's birthday party, which is the Seine at Argenteuil, 1873.
David Aames (Tom Cruise) is the wealthy owner of a large New York publishing firm that lives the life of a playboy; buying what isn’t for sale, and hunting for the rarest of gems to appease his sense of self-worth. In his birthday party, his best friend, Brian Shelby (Jason Lee) introduces him to Sofia Serrano (Penélope Cruz). And though by his tone and choice of words Brian makes it clear to David that ‘she might be the one’, David still persists Sofia, spending the night talking to her and by the end of it we see he has fallen in love. Leaving Sofia’s house David runs into an ex-girlfriend ‘Julie’ Gianni (Cameron Diaz) who begins to lecture David and burden him with guilt, for basically not choosing her, as she flies her car off a bridge crashing it into a wall…
A warp between reality, hallucination and a lucid dream, ‘Vanilla Sky’ will leave you guessing which parts are ‘dream’ and which are not. Regardless, both parts are haunting and ask serious questions about our existence and who we claim to be…
- Penélope Cruz
- Tom Cruise
- Cameron Diaz
- Jason Lee
- Kurt Russell
- Tilda Swinton
- Noah Taylor
Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Rating: R for sexuality and strong language.