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Toward the top of my list of all time greats,
This review is from: Open Your Eyes [DVD] (DVD)
Alejandro Amenabar has gone on to create great films like The Others and The Sea Inside but it will surely take a stroke of genius and some good fortune to make a film that is as dramatic, enthralling and brilliant as Abre Los Ojos. Its really quite hard to understand why Mr. Cruise though he might be able to upstage Eduardo Noriega in the role of Cesar or why he saw the need to do a remake? So that the Americans wouldn't need to read sub-titles and he could pull out a good performance based entirely on Noriega's one would presume.
Its a shame the remake was made and that more people seem to know the Vanilla Sky film than the far superior original. Open Your Eyes is full of wonderful performances from both cast and crew. Eduardo Noriega, Pénelope Cruz, Chete Lera, Fele Martinez, Najwa Nimri all give their characters exactly what was needed. There is no over acting but a realism and simplisity to the characters despite the unclarity of reality within the story. Very rarely do I see this in American cinema.
As for the crew, Amenábar had done a wonderful job, from writing this intricate script to the beautiful way its filmed. Hans Burman the Cinematographer has achieved a wonderful look for the film which uses light and darkness as implications of Cesar's state of mind and to hint at what is reality and what may not be.
I won't go into detailing the narrative as its more enjoyable for the viewer to watch this film with an open mind. The less you know the better. Sit down and let a great story unravel in front of you and In the same fashion of Amenabar's other films this is done at a steady pace, deliberately reeling you in, captivating you till it reaches its intense climax!