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Vanilla Sky (2001)



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Cameron Crowe's faithful remake of the Spanish film Open Your Eyes, a surreal psychological thriller that doubles back on itself like a Mobius strip, suffers only by comparison, and then only a little. It's not quite as tight, and I question certain soundtrack choices, but otherwise this is a tense, sometimes creepy, always intriguing film. While I grow weary of movies that take wild twists just for the sake of it, I love movies that do so and substantiate them somehow, this time by delving deep into the complex psychology of the central character. Once you figure out what happens in this, it's an intriguing pursuit (though not necessary to enjoy the film) to try to figure out why it happens and what that says about our subconsciouses.

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