Successful corporate leader David Aames (Tom Cruise) has a fling with a woman (Cameron Diaz) who eventually makes sure his face is destroyed. An unnecessary remake of the Spanish thriller Open Your Eyes (1997); the biggest mistake is committed by Cameron Crowe the writer who doesn’t take the chance to rethink and develop the basic story, which had its share of flaws. The actors certainly cannot be blamed; it’s easier to feel for the characters than it was in the original movie, but this is still sluggish and hard to take.
2001-U.S. 136 min. Color. Produced by Cameron Crowe, Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner. Directed by Cameron Crowe. Song: “Vanilla Sky” (Paul McCartney). Cast: Tom Cruise (David Aames), Penélope Cruz (Sofia Serrano), Cameron Diaz (Juliana Gianni), Kurt Russell, Jason Lee, Noah Taylor… Timothy Spall, Tilda Swinton, Michael Shannon, Johnny Galecki. Cameo: Steven Spielberg.
Trivia: The scene with the empty Times Square was not created in a computer; the area was actually sealed off for a few hours.