Whenever you want to judge a film, you, as the audience, try to decide whether or not if the movie you’re watching is great, good, bad, or just plain awful. And the movie “Vanilla Sky” falls into the later categories. This movie is bad in that you do not have a clue as to what’s going on, and the filmmakers give you an ending that does not make any sense at all. “Vanilla Sky” isn’t the worst film I’ve seen, I’ve definitely seen worse, but it is ranked in with a lot of other bad movies that I’ve watched. Now, the entire production is severely flawed, albeit a couple of good things, but nonetheless, this movie is not only bad, but also very weird.
“Vanilla Sky” is essentially a remake of a Spanish film entitled “Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes)” from 1997. Both films deal with the same subject matter, yet they are entirely different movies. The plot of “Vanilla Sky” centers on David Ames (Tom Cruise) who’s a maven in the magazine industry. David has a girlfriend named Julie Gianni (Cameron Diaz), whom he adores dearly, but during David’s birthday party, a friend of his brings a new girl, named Sofia (Penelope Cruz), and immediately David forms a relationship with her. David is now happy, but Julie thinks David has found somebody new and dumped her, so she, along with David, drives off a bridge. Thus leading towards the turning point in the movie. Here, the film examines David’s conscience and the exploration of living within dreams. (Keep in mind that this came out before “Inception”, which is way better.)
This film is very confusing and suffers from two main flaws: the cast and the pace of the movie. The supporting cast did not look like they were in the right movie. They were put into a psychological drama, yet seeing them doesn’t advance the movie any further. A little backstory and better character development could have helped a lot. But my biggest problem with “Vanilla Sky” is that the movie paces itself way too slow. There are scenes, like the encounter at the bar, that go on forever and do not make any progress at all. Also, when the film gets to the conclusion, it doesn’t make any sense, even while listening to the director’s commentary. This film is heavily flawed, making it one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen.
Now with that being said, are there any good qualities about the movie? Actually, yes there are. Tom Cruise delivers a pretty good performance by portraying a character that’s very likeable. The cinematography is great by showcasing New York for what it’s worth. And the music fits in pretty well. Even though some of the song selections are really, really unnecessary.
Overall, “Vanilla Sky” is an unnecessary production with only a few good things going for it. It makes the concept of dreams by dealing with one’s conscience by not making any sense at all. The film is very, very weird, but in a bad way.