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Dont Be Scared, Top Stuff,
This review is from: Open Your Eyes [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)I studied this film as a case study for Film Studies at College and didnt think Id enjoy it one little bit. I'd never really looked in to foriegn films before, so watching a complicated Spanish piece like this was a tough indimidating.
I need not have worried, though.
Despite the tangled web of a story, it is fairly easy to follow throughout.
Eduardo Noriega is brilliant throughout as Cesar - the ultimatley troubled character at the centre of the story.
What really makes his film for me is Noriega's ability to make Cesar so twisted, confused and troubled, but yet manages to keep a spark of realism - meaning it isn't as difficult as it first seems to feel strongly for the character.
Penelope Cruz plays Sofia, the love interest, but not in a regular, Hollywood 'love interest' way. Cruz really shows her compatability to play slightly darker roles. Okay, so Sofia herself isn't dark, but her position within the film often is.
The story line in this film is fantastic, it looks in to some interesting corners of the human mind no one has really dared to examine before, and comes out with some great results.
Noriega and Cruz brilliantly use Alejandro Amenabar's directing - and the result is well worth watching.
So dont be scared off by the synopsis of the film, and by the fact it's Spanish. It's a real cracker, and, in my opinion, much, much better than it's Hollywood remake Vanilla Sky (although thats not, in itself, a bad film).