Vanilla Sky (2001)


“Just remember, the sweet is never as sweet without the sour, and I know the sour.” – Brian

Number of Times Seen – Three times (Theater in 2001, 27 Jan 2013 and 12 Apr 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A spoiled rich businessman tries to find love in life but things constantly return to the events of a deadly car accident caused by a former lover which causes hm to question the reality he is living in.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing in the theater when it came out and even after 19 years, the story is quite fascinating due to the ambiguous nature of the story and how one wishes to interpret it all.

Cameron Crowe was able to create such an enjoyable sci-fi psychological thriller here and takes us into the mind of a character who is never quite sure what is reality and what is not.

His journey to seek love from someone else is always hindered by his own success and love for himself which causes him to lose even a more firm grip on reality.

The story is presented in a very ambiguous manner which allows the audience to try and decide what is truth or what is all in the character’s imagination which causes things to be even more intriguing to watch unfold.

The film sports a amazing cast with Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz all giving great performances with there very complex characters who are able to show so much emotion including love, affection, hate and loss.

The premise of the film works on numerous levels and the parts that deal with the way that we all wish for a perfect live is done really well since usually something in the fickleness of nature causes things to prevent a pure utopian life that we want to create even in our minds.

This is a movie that one can ponder and contemplate for so long after watching it and that makes it even more interesting especially given the multiple ways one can interpret things here.

Bottom Line – Great sci-fi psychological thriller that allows us to see into the mind of a character who seeks love yet is so full of himself that he loses his grip on reality because of it.  The movie is able to give us such an ambiguous story that lets the audience try and decide what is reality and what is a dream and that makes it even more intriguing The cast is superb with Cruise, Diaz and Cruz all giving great performances which show so many different kinds of emotions related to love and affection. The premise is great especially when it deals with the idea that we all dream we had perfect lives yet due to the way things work, there will always be reasons where the utopian world we wish to create in our minds will never quite work due to the fickleness of nature. Definitely a film that one can ponder for long after the credits roll. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At the start of the movie, when David wakes up with Julie Gianni, her cell phone ringtone is “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” but at the moment she answers the call and the music stops, the next lyric would have been “Life is but a dream”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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