Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz
Director: Cameron Crowe
(Tom Cruise) is young, handsome, wealthy and a spoiled rich
publishing tycoon, who can have anything his heart desires.
Sofia (Penelope Cruz) is the missing piece in David’s world, the
girl of his dreams. Up until now David has been “casually
dating” Julie Giani, (Cameron Diaz) who starts to get a little
“pyshco” on David after she realizes David is no longer
interested in her. David ignores his fatal attraction and spends
the night with Sofia, but all they do is talk and get to know
each other. When David leaves the next morning, he runs into to
Julie. Julie convinces David to get into her car, which
ultimately changes David life - a life which sends him into a
shocking final awakening that questions his reality of love,
hate, life, work, friendship and sex. David finds himself
desperately trying to piece things together, questioning whether
what's happening to him is a dream or reality.
The message of
this film is simple; having it all, not being happy, finding
what you want to make you happy, losing it and then figuring out
why this is happening to you. This really begins to loose its
power and it just goes on and on, forcing the viewer into the
point of restless aggravation. Once the film explains it’s
purpose, your at a point were you just don’t care anymore. The
film spent so much time trying to confuse the viewer that in the
long run it confused itself until it just didn’t make any sense.
I can only
describe this film as Cameron Crowe's first attempt at an "artsy fartsy" film. It's visually beautiful and thought provoking, but
after awhile it just needed to end. I mean I felt I was being
tortured enough by watching Penelope Cruz trying to act and now
this. My major gripe with this film was the ending. The writers
spent so much time building up the suspense that you end up
expecting a huge conspiracy to be unleashed at the end, instead
it just seems to end leaving the viewer wondering about all the
plotlines that were obviously left as clues and then left
unanswered. This movie had the potential to be a great film,
unfortunately the ending resulted in a downward spiral.
appears in an aspect ratio of approximately
1.85:1 on this single-sided, dual-layered DVD; the image has
been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. The movie portrayed a
terrific picture with no problems. Sharpness looked perfect at
all times. The movie remained crisp and well defined. No
concerns with jagged edges, print flaws were nearly
non-existent. A couple of speckles and grit here and there, but
otherwise the film appeared wonderfully clean and fresh. Colors
appeared vibrant throughout the film. Black levels seemed rich
and deep, and shadow detail was appropriately heavy but never
excessively dense. Ultimately, Vanilla Sky offered a
great visual experience.
The film is
presented in a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, audio quality appeared
positive. Dialogue seemed natural and accurate; sounds were well
localized and they moved neatly across the channels. Clarity had
no issues, rich and deep. Overall, Vanilla Sky does
exactly what it needs to do and it does it well. All audio,
dialogue, music, and effects sound very clean and natural.
The extras here are satisfying to
only a degree, since the inclusion of existing deleted scenes is
missing from this DVD release. Here are the extras we do get:
Prelude to a
Behind-the-scenes footage from the film's casting and
: Feature about the movie's press tour which took
them to Australia, Hong Kong and England. It runs a good ten
minutes with great insights and footage from director Cameron
Crowe, Tom Cruise and Penelope.
For those of you who care, the interview runs a very short 2
Video: "Afrika Shox" by Leftfield and Afrika Bambaataa.
The rest is just
photo galleries, gag reel and finally Vanilla Sky
is interesting, stylish, ambitious and in some cases a brilliant
film, but the movie seems to lie somewhere in the middle of it
all. I really wasn’t up for psychologically dissecting this film
when I saw it. Should you rent it or buy it? First and foremost,
Vanilla Sky represents a journey, which unravels it’s
true meaning in the final fifteen minutes of the film
Twilight Zone style.
"Fine, I will apologize for
Solider but only if you tell me what the hell was going on
in Eyes Wide Shut."
some of the questions it poses and wraps up most of the dangling
plots, leaving you with a very empty unsettling feeling. I was
too disappointed at the ending to be able to recommend this
film. However, I still feel this film is not totally without
value. The ending just leaves you wondering a little bit too
much, but if you already like this film then it's worth your
purchase! Paramount has done an exceptional job with this DVD
presentation. For everyone else, rent "Open your Eyes."