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Tom Sinclair
December 10, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Vanilla Sky

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
135 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/14/01
performer
Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Jason Lee, Kurt Russell, Tilda Swinton
director
Cameron Crowe
Producer
Tom Cruise
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Cameron Crowe
genre
Drama, Romance, Mystery and Thriller, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B+

Okay, kids, today’s topic is synergy. You don’t need a marketing degree to know that an event movie will frequently propel its requisite album onto the charts, regardless of the music’s aesthetic qualities. Yet occasionally, a soundtrack emerges that works both as a nostalgic keepsake and a coherent collection of songs.

Vanilla Sky is a case in point. Compiled by director Cameron Crowe, it’s a characteristically smart compilation. How cool is it that someone could buy the album because Tom Cruise is a hunk and get turned on to a moody, nine-minute tone poem by Icelandic band Sigur Ros? Factor in goodies from R.E.M., Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, and Paul McCartney (who recorded the trifle of a title track), and you’ve got a tidily eclectic set.

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