Vanilla Sky is a dark psychologically disturbing film that reminds me of films like Eyes Wide Shut, The Fountain, Mulholland Drive and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind but all in different ways. Of the people I have spoken and the reviews I have read about this film, personally I think that Vanilla Sky is a very enjoyable film. I mean, I love psychological films that just get inside your head and you get gripped all the way through. It has a very dark twist and with a shocking and powerful climax which I couldn't believe!
To be fair, I think Tom Cruise was the best choice to be in this film because David Aames is his kind of character especially the way Tom is with women in real life. In fact, this film led to his marriage separation with Nicole Kidman because he had an affair with co-star Penélope Cruz. David Aames is a young man who recently became the owner of his late father's publishing company. One night, David meets a young woman called Sofia Serrano through his best friend Brian Shelby and David's ex girlfriend Juliana Gianni starts to become jealous when she discovers this. After that, the tables begin to turn and it starts to become more personal. Cameron Diaz's performance as Juliana was really awesome too. Diaz did surprise me as Juliana because I don't think she would've been very good at playing a dangerous character but I was wrong, she did a fabulous job! Juliana is a very sexy woman who can pull all the men she wants to but she is a very dangerous woman when it comes to David talking to any other woman. Penélope Cruz was awesome too as Sofia Serrano. Cruz reprised her role as Sofia in Vanilla Sky when she starred in original Spanish version Open Your Eyes so Vanilla Sky is, in fact, a remake of that film. Why Penélope Cruz received a Razzie nomination for her role in Vanilla Sky, I have absolutely no idea!
Cameron Crowe creates something that he did a very good job at but I feel Vanilla Sky would've been a better film from a director like Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, David Lynch or even the late Stanley Kubrick because this film does suit the style of all four of those directors mentioned. Crowe managed to make something disturbing, thought-provoking, shocking and very emotional.
Overall, Vanilla Sky is a very enjoyable psychological thriller that I believe should've earned more credit than it got.