Vanilla Sky

Vanilla Sky

DVD - 2002
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In this steamy, intriguingly complex, psychological thriller the line between reality and fantasy is hopelessly blurred. David tries to make sense of his life after a car crash leaves his once-handsome face grotesquely disfigured. After he is placed into a psychiatric penitentiary for a murder he doesn't remember committing, David's only hope is to delve into the depths of his subconscious mind where the answer to ending his living nightmare lies in his dreams.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, 2002.
Edition: Widescreen version (169).
Copyright Date: ©2001
ISBN: 9780792181507
Branch Call Number: VAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (135 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Abre los ojos (Motion picture)


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JCLSheidaB Jun 30, 2017

Who knew I would like the American remake of a movie? Or that Tom Cruise could act? There is a lot to be said for a matinee idol who could explore “suddenly not looking pretty” with heartbreaking vulnerability. Based on the Spanish movie Abre los ojos, this excellent remake has a nostalgic feel and features the lovely titular song written by Paul McCartney.

Feb 06, 2016

I don't like to give poor reviews but this was a truly horrible, stupid, disjointed movie. The only reason we watched it to the end was curiosity. The ending was just as bad as the beginning.

Oct 27, 2015

The movie didn't do anything for me the first half-hour so I turned it off.

Jul 11, 2015

Better title: "My Face! My Beautiful Face!!" 2001's "Vanilla Sky" is a remake of the Spanish film "Open Your Eyes," which also starred Penelope Cruz. I haven't seen the original, but the American remake is bat poop crazy and I don't mean in a good way. It was part of that wave of late 90s early 00s that messed with your head like "The Matrix," "Dark City," "Memento," and "Muholland Dr." It has elements of sci-fi, but it's not really sci-fi. Tom Cruise plays a fabulously successful dude who is sleeping with Cameron Diaz, who turns into a "Fatal Attraction"-like stalker. At a party he meets and falls for Penelope Cruz, even though she's there with his best friend Jason Lee. Jerk. Then things get weird and you end up with Cruise with a messed up face and a mask that looks like the one from "Halloween." It's a big departure for director Cameron Crowe, best known for "Almost Famous" and "Say Anything." He's a decent writer, but an anonymous director at best whose only real trademark is lots of pop music of the soundtrack. It's a pretty bad movie, with Cruise giving a truly awful performances, but it has a trainwreck quality to it, in that you can't really stop watching. And for a mainstream Hollywood movie, it's pretty weird, which is something. Look for Michael Shannon ("Boardwalk Empire," "Man of Steel") in a small role as a cop. Don't look for the plot to make sense. Incidentally, Vanilla Sky was my favorite Ben & Jerry's flavor for a while.

Jun 20, 2014

A well done (remake of the Spanish film "Abre Los Ojos") from Cameron Crowe... (Hey, what happened to him, anyways? Fall of the face of the Earth?) Cruise is good. Penélope Cruz is just plain and simply a gift from above... rrrRROWWRRRrrr!!! Cameron Diaz is annoying and is very well suited for the whackjob role she's cast in here.

Beagle0217 Feb 12, 2014

strange movie to say the least, not good, not bad, just very odd. Diaz and Cruz are gorgeous though and i'll sit through just about anything to see them

kevfarley Dec 09, 2013

This is awful ! I really want to see this film, but when I got it home and put it in the DVD says: "NOT FORMATTED FOR THIS REGION" !!?? I have watched hundreds of other New York Public Library films on this DVD player. But about a dozen have come up as "NOT FORMATTED etc. !!?? Does anyone out there know what this means ? ... darn ! I really wanted to see this one. WHY is the New York Public Library buying sooo many DVD's that are "NOT FORMATTED etc."? My branch had sent an inquery about this problem to Purchasing several weeks ago, but there has still been no response (?). Has this happened to anyone else out there ?

Gary Geiserman
May 14, 2012

haven't seen it in a long time: Almost masterpiece! Cameron Crowe takes his super classy music playlist and goes to TOWN, man! One of the best metaphysical movies in this run to transcendence we're ALL in.

Only real problem is a bit of confusion in 1st third. We're 'getting under way' here and some stumbling. Otherwise, it's a smorgasbord of delish meta scenes building and rising... Classic-type scenes of basic spirituality played out classically; just scrumptious, like good sushi/saki/company. You do know your basic spirituality don't you? The 'rabbi', Steve Spielberg was invited on set for some encouragement. Judaism is on the rise culturally because it isn't a religion but a 'guide' for living--other religions are being outdated like so much old apps.

My favorite actor, Kurt Russell (my older brother) plays a poignant role in Tom Cruise's 'awakening'. Kurt is SO genuine...

Cameron Crowe's music is stellar and so pop--he's the Master of this. Great montage late in "Elizabethtown" (even tho the movie is damaged because of Orlando Bloom who CAN'T ACT).

This movie is pure candy (the good kind). "Open you eyes" (the Spanish film it's based on).

Oct 21, 2011

Good science fiction movie


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