VANILLA SKY (2001) ONE, 8.30PM, M, DRAMA

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

A provoca­tive puz­zle piece, Vanilla Sky is a coura­geous but mis­cued un­der­tak­ing by Cameron Crowe ( Al­most Fa­mous). Tom Cruise stars as a wom­an­is­ing Man­hat­tan me­dia hot­shot who meets “the one” (Pené­lope Cruz), but their sin­gle morn­ing of bliss is shat­tered by an un­hinged ex-lover (Cameron Diaz). In­volv­ing but highly flawed, this re-imag­in­ing of Span­ish di­rec­tor Ale­jan­dro Amenábar’s Abres­losOjos is amaz­ing to look at (John Toll’s cine­matog­ra­phy re­vi­talises the majesty of New York) and is filled with mem­o­rable mu­sic cues (by Jeff Buck­ley, Ra­dio­head, R.E.M., The Beach Boys, Bob Dy­lan, The Chem­i­cal Brothers). ★★★

Break in re­al­ity: Pene­lope Cruz and Tom Cruise in Vanil­laSky.

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