Vanilla Sky (2001)

R   |    |  Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

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A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover.

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  • Tom Cruise and Timothy Spall in Vanilla Sky (2001)
  • Penélope Cruz in Vanilla Sky (2001)
  • Penélope Cruz at an event for Vanilla Sky (2001)
  • Tom Cruise and Penélope Cruz at an event for Vanilla Sky (2001)
  • Tom Cruise and Penélope Cruz in Vanilla Sky (2001)
  • Tom Cruise and Penélope Cruz in Vanilla Sky (2001)

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10 December 2018 | undeaddt
| What a mindblower.
There is not a single movie that blew my mind more than Vanilla Sky, even after watching it for the second or maybe third time. Until half an hour passed, you understand almost everything that is happening, but then you get lost on purpose, the director wants you to get lost, just like Tom gets lost in his life. He drives you left and right, up and down, your starting to lose your patience with the movie and then, pop, your back in the driving seat again, why ?, because wow, you just understood something, you connected a few puzzling scenes and your feeling confident about the movie again. You feel for Tom, you are feeling sad like all of that is happening to you, not in some movie that already lost you a few times, but managed to get you back in the last moment. The ending explains it all, makes everything so perfectly clear, but many things leave you feeling pointless about the movie now, and that is why I don't like the ending. It is to sci-fi, to unreal and to supernatural to be implemented as an ending for this beauty.. but I guess there was not a better option to end the movie then this one...

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Did You Know?


Cameron Crowe says, "The original film is like a song our band really liked and we decided to cover it our own way. I view my adaptation as a 'remix' rather than a 'remake'; the film is a genre-bending, mind-twisting portrait of the American male as he exists five minutes into the future. Hopefully, it honors the original. I like the idea it could be sort of a dialogue between the two movies. I kept thinking of the original like a folk song. There's so many different ways you can play it, and you can reinvent it in your own way. I would never say to somebody, 'Don't see his, see ours.' I want people to see both."


Sofía: Open your eyes.
Sofía: Open your eyes. Open your eyes. Open your eyes. Open your eyes. Open you...


During the party, when David and Julie are upstairs in his bedroom kissing, Julie's head is tilted to her left when shot from in front of her, but tilted to her right when she is shot from behind.

Crazy Credits

The end credits are done to a background of a skyscape changing the various colors of the day.

Alternate Versions

Three parts from the quick montage at the end of the film suggest scenes cut from the final film: two frames from a scene that was in "Abre Los Ojos" (upon which "Vanilla Sky" was based) where David shoots a police officer in front of the L.E. building, a frame of David and Sofia on a bed where Sofia is wearing a bathrobe (she never wore a bathrobe in the film), and a frame set in David's company where David is a kid, sitting on a couch, and a man (possibly Thomas Tipp) is talking to him).


Mondo '77
Stuart David, Scott Twynholm, Ronnie Black and Karn David
Performed by Looper (featuring Francis Macdonald)
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records and Jeepster Recordings Ltd.
Francis Macdonald performs courtesy of Shoeshine Records


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Fantasy | Mystery | Romance | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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