Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Penélope Cruz, Kurt Russell and Jason
Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Cameron Crowe is a wonderful gift. He's best known for his real-life
meets film scripts; Almost Famous,
Say Anything etc. Here he's adapted a lesser-known foreign
movie (Alejandro Amenábar and Mateo Gil 's Abre Los
Ojos ) into a tremendously refreshing surreal Dali of film
for the eyes and a cerebral trip for the mind complete with nightmare
inducing facial prosthetics and cryogenic under currents, which
he also directs. Vanilla Sky is no pompous Mullholland
Drive where you need to take a swab of acid or be yourself,
clinically insane before any of it makes sense, don't fear. It's
intricate, true, yet surprisingly easy to follow. You'll be entertained
with layers of scenes that meld together to create a brilliant
journey into one man's personal hell.
Sky introduces us to our anti-hero David Aames (Tom -what
I lack in size I make up for in....millions- Cruise) living the
oh-so-dull- smug-boy with a large inheritance life with exponents.
He has a small stable of gal pals that pleasure him at his whim,
a large group of quazi-friends that gladly sip his expensive top
shelf drinkies and peruse his art collection in his multi-roomed
New York lair.
has a particular "F" buddy, Julie (Cameron- Jack Skellington-
Diaz) , that's accidentally stepped over the buddy line and has
fallen head over pillows in love with the thoughtless Blue Meany
oblivious and thoughtless towards the cast aside concubine and
actually picks up his best friend Brian's (Jason Lee) girl at
his birthday soiree( while fore mentioned psycho in the making
watches with a martini perched in her maniacal little hand). Loath
new interest, Sophia (Penelope- I just don't see it- Cruz), is
wooed by the toothy playboy and they leave together. This does
not go unnoticed by Julie...
and David spend a platonic evening together chatting, drawing
portraits and generally doing that whole getting- to -know- you
thing future couples of the world tend to do. When the day breaks
and David exits stage left to head to his multifaceted business
he is met by Julie --who had followed him to Sophia's apartment
and waited - all night -for him to come out (note to men:
NEVER A GOOD SIGN). Like a nunchuck he gets into her car
and they speed off together.
is, shall we say, over the edge. The Matterhorn's edge! David
starts to realize getting into the vehicle may have been a mistake.
Duh. Julie starts to decompress, and decides the best idea
for the two is to die about now, and bombs off a bridge at about
where the movie really starts to get brilliant. David has survived
the accident ( kind of) and starts to sink into recovery hell.
His handsome face has been destroyed and is now strongly reminiscent
of a Creature Feature cast member the late great Vincent Price
might keep locked in a dungeon. David's walk is now that of a
John Merrick (aka The Elephant Man). His life is turned around
like a carousel stuck on fast. Along with David we are catapulted
into a mind trip that makes Hunter S. Thompson's works look like
a whimpy fairy tale fare. Together we start to second-guess what's
real in his life and what's just created by his mind. Wonderful.
not giving away anything, don't worry. You'll be pleasantly surprised
at the sharp turns and twists the film has in store for you.
Diaz is wonderful. Think Fatal Attraction meets Terry
Gilliam. She steals the few scenes she appears in. Love this girl-
and not in a clam digging way or anything Chastity fans
Cruise is good actor. He's also very handsome in that clean-cut
chap- working -his- way- through- college- on- a- tourist's- snorkeling-boat
-down- in -the- islands-with-no shirt- and a washboard- tummy
way. In my lucid dreams he appears wrapped in an organic tortilla
shell drizzled in a spicy, yet palatable, coriander dressing ,
a smidge taller and a smirk upon his delectable face...
Lee is equally adorable. He's a tad hairy in this, but that
doesn't diminish his appeal one iota. It's nice to see him outside
of New Jersey. I wasn't crazy for
his Heartbreakers but as
a rental, it could be fun...
Cruz's accent is even more annoying than Selma
(nilla) Hayek's -- if that's possible. In heals she almost
comes to Cruise's nose so I'm guessing she's four eleven tops.
I'm not a big fan of hers...The phenomenon were people are cast
not for talent but popularity is unfortunately apparent in this
girl. When there are so many talented, unemployed, actors roaming
the streets I have to ask how this hideous fraud gets work, again
and again. You know this film's purdy nifty keen if it
it still gets fours stars with her planted in the middle...
Sky is clever, well performed (by most) and a great escape
into film. Cameron Diaz is spectacular, Cruise entertaining and
believable. Get out and see this, but remember it's a thinker.
You'll need to be on your toes. Perhaps avoid viewing after an
infamous office party where the "spiced" eggnog directed
you to humiliate yourself in ways never before imagined and your
skull requires an infusion of Excedrin every four hours on the
there an Oscar© in VS for anyone? Nah.
Diaz should be nominated ...Cruise didn't do anything he hasn't
done before. It's still Crowe's boy. Unless
Spacey kicks butt in The Shipping
News...which he will per usual...(not that I'm biased or
anything- mind you)
Recommendation: Tequila shots and beer...