Vanilla Sky Film Review (2001) – Surrealism Mystery Drama

Vanilla Sky Film Review (2001) – Surrealism Mystery Drama

Vanilla Sky, featuring Tom Cruise, is just one hell of metaphors, illusions, and dreams mixed together. It is a film of many genres: science fiction, thriller, romance and psychological. Cameron Crowe directs the film with a vision in mind, and the style is very obviously bright for a science fiction film. It’s a pretty unique film, and it’s also the English-language adaptation from the Spanish movie Abre los ojos by Alejandro Amenábar. Penelope Cruz also reprises her role again in this movie, as well as Cameron Diaz helping as a supporting actor. Without further ado, let’s check on below for the Vanilla Sky film review, and see if this Tom Cruise film is worth your penny and time!



The basic premise is a billionaire’s son who is a playboy that inherits all of his father’s massive wealth. One day, he is met with a deliberate accident by one of his ‘playmates’ and things seem to start to go awry and weird since then. Could he ever recover from these unexplainable happenings?

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Penelope Cruz reprises the same role from the original adaptation here!



The movie starts very normally with Tom Cruise as a billionaire’s son who inherits all his father’s wealth. He has a fuck buddies relation with Cameron Diaz’s character, but it’s actually more of a one-sided love. Then his friend, Brian brought a Spanish girl, Sophia, which Tom Cruise quickly falls for. The film picks up the pace when Cameron Diaz’s character finds out about this and attempts to die with Tom Cruise in a car accident. It fails but leaves Tom Cruise disfigured, which destroyed his love life with Sophia and his reason for living. The colour and mood change is purposely shown to be in heavy contrast.

So his life begins with a warmish sky and tone, which then leads to cold bluish colours in the middle half, before jumping to bright warm colours in the end. The colours used are perfect in depicting and also giving hints of the weird events happening. You may suspect that it’s an illusion, a dream or just hallucinations, but the ending makes it very vague. However, the characters are really fleshed out especially for Tom Cruise. We get to see him going up and down in life. All this happen in a suitable pace while not keeping us bored by introducing more weird events. The soundtracks used are also perfect for the setting and mood.


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Vanilla Sky Film Review (2001) – Surrealism Mystery Drama
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What's good?
Quirky tale of illusions and science fiction
Colours play a huge and creative role in the plot
Tom Cruise acts his character well
What's bad?
Pacing seems to be an issue in the middle portion
The movie can be too abstract in its metaphor depiction
Pretty good!
A weird but enjoyable film
This film is a blender of many different genres with a very vague ending. It does, however, keeps me engaged till the end with many weird events happening that raises more questions. Vanilla Sky is like a weird but great tasting cocktails with a hallucination effects.


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