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Vanilla Sky

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Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, ...
Vanilla Sky: Neal Preston

Vanilla Sky

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
135 minutes
Wide Release Date:
12/14/01
performer:
Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Jason Lee, Kurt Russell, Tilda Swinton
director:
Cameron Crowe
Producer:
Tom Cruise
distributor:
Paramount Pictures
author:
Cameron Crowe
genre:
Drama, Romance, Mystery and Thriller, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a D

Tom Cruise, a man who has everything, plays David Aames, a magazine publisher who has everything. Cameron Crowe, a director who’s shown us that he can do anything (well, almost anyway), takes an unfortunate detour into Vanilla Sky, a twisty, ponderous, stupendously stupid parable in which Mr. Terrific loses…nothing of consequence.

To be certain, the cloudy ”Vanilla Sky” unspools as if it’s got a higher purpose. We’re meant to find truth in Aames’ journey, from beautiful-shallow rich boy, to disfigured (at the hands of wacko-cutie Cameron Diaz) rich boy, to beautiful-enlightened rich boy who learns to open his eyes thanks to the redemptive love of PenĂ©lope Cruz (she also starred in the infinitely better Spanish original, 1997’s ”Abre Los Ojos”). The truth is that the wanna-be-big ideas Crowe throws into his pop-soundtrack blender were better executed in both ”The Matrix” and ”Total Recall,” and that’s saying something. As for the small ideas, well, they’re small. Still, that whole deserted Times Square scene is pretty cool.

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