Vanilla Sky Tom Cruise, a man who has everything, plays David Aames, a magazine publisher who has everything. Cameron Crowe, a director who's shown us that he… Vanilla Sky Tom Cruise, a man who has everything, plays David Aames, a magazine publisher who has everything. Cameron Crowe, a director who's shown us that he…
Review

Vanilla Sky (2002)

MPAA Rating: R
Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, ... | SNOW LIMITS Cruise and Cruz take in Manhattan under a ''Vanilla Sky''
Image credit: Vanilla Sky: Neal Preston
SNOW LIMITS Cruise and Cruz take in Manhattan under a ''Vanilla Sky''
EW's GRADE
D

Details Release Date: May 21, 2002; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller, Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz; Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Tom Cruise, a man who has everything, plays David Aames, a magazine publisher who has everything. Cameron Crowe, a director who's shown us that he can do anything (well, almost anyway), takes an unfortunate detour into Vanilla Sky, a twisty, ponderous, stupendously stupid parable in which Mr. Terrific loses...nothing of consequence.

To be certain, the cloudy ''Vanilla Sky'' unspools as if it's got a higher purpose. We're meant to find truth in Aames' journey, from beautiful-shallow rich boy, to disfigured (at the hands of wacko-cutie Cameron Diaz) rich boy, to beautiful-enlightened rich boy who learns to open his eyes thanks to the redemptive love of Penélope Cruz (she also starred in the infinitely better Spanish original, 1997's ''Abre Los Ojos''). The truth is that the wanna-be-big ideas Crowe throws into his pop-soundtrack blender were better executed in both ''The Matrix'' and ''Total Recall,'' and that's saying something. As for the small ideas, well, they're small. Still, that whole deserted Times Square scene is pretty cool.

Originally posted May 20, 2002 Published in issue #655 May 24, 2002 Order article reprints
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