- Actors: Chete Lera, Fele Martinez, Najwa Nimri, Eduardo Noriega, Penelope Cruz
- Directors: Alejandro Amenabar
- Language: Spanish
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Warner
- VHS Release Date: 25 Feb. 2002
- Run Time: 117 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000056BAS
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Open Your Eyes [VHS]
Psychological thriller based on the novel by Philip K. Dick. Cesar (Eduardo Noriega) tries to make sense of his life after a car crash leaves his once-handsome face grotesquely disfigured. After he is placed into a psychiatric penitentiary for a murder he doesn't remember committing, Cesar's only hope is to delve into the depths of his subconscious mind where the answer to ending his living nightmare lies in his dreams. 'Vanilla Sky' is a Hollywood remake of this film.
Open Your Eyes ("Abre Los Ojos") is a film that may give anyone who has seen Tom Cruise's Vanilla Sky (2001) déjà vu. Indeed, the Hollywood version is an inferior remake of this superb Spanish original. The plots of the two movies are virtually the same--Penelope Cruz even plays the same role in both--but here everything is done with rather more European subtlety and intelligence. It's also easy to see how the part of a good-looking urban playboy whose life is thrown into crisis must have appealed to Cruise, as Eduardo Noriega's star turn here seems a tailor-made template for the American superstar.
After a car accident, which leaves Noriega's character seriously disfigured, he finds himself in an almost literal nightmare charged with murder and beset by a memory so unreliable the very identity of the people around him shifts. Like the novels of Christopher Priest--particularly The Affirmation and The Glamour--this is a tale with strong science-fictional appeal, about the nature of personality, memory and identity. Powerfully written, scored and directed by Alejandro Amanabar (The Others), Open Your Eyes is a delirious, erotic and stylish thriller whose recursive ending provides its own sequel. It's the best head-trip this side of Memento and definitely not to be confused with Tom Cruise's similarly titled Eyes Wide Shut.
On the DVD: Open Your Eyes on DVD has no features of any kind, with the film presented in the original Spanish with large, easy-to-read yellow subtitles imposed directly onto the print itself and no option to turn them off. The sound is good, well-balanced stereo and the picture--presented non-anamorphically at 1.77:1--is clear, detailed and mostly lacking in grain. --Gary S Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
I can't really give you the story in full as I am not one to spoil a film, however I can tell you while you watch this film you are constantly wondering which of the realities you are presented with is true, or if any of them are true.
The film centres on a rich kid played by Eduardo Noriega he is in prison and may or may not be horribly disfigured, has been accussed of murder of a woman but it is not fully clear which woman, it seems to switch between two women or is he just insane??? You decide.
The film does build to a great climax on the roof of a high building as the main character tries to piece everything together, having to risk his life to test what reality is.
I really enjoyed this ride. Some good acting in this film Eduardo Noriega is excellent and Penelope Cruz is good as she always is in the Spanish speaking films she does.
Well worth a look.
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!
Eduardo Noriega portrays a shallow bed hopping young man named Ceaser who has never given a second thought to real love until he falls for Sophia, who just happens to be the girl his best friend brings to his birthday party.
Penelope Cruz gives a sexy and luminous performance in her own language as the charming Sophia. Contrasting her is Najwa Nimri as the overtly sexual Nuria, the one night stand who has Ceaser's shallow number and refuses to just go away. She plays on his weaker personality by accusing him of being scared to take a ride with her for one last fling and the aftermath is a mind altering journey.
An apparently disfigured Ceaser finds himself in the criminal psychiatric ward after being accused of a murder he can't remember anything about. He tries to sort through his dreams, and possibly his memories, with the help of Antonio (Cheta Lera) and begins to slowly unravel what is real and what is imagined. To reveal more would ruin the journey for the viewer.
This film is a terrific thriller that ultimately becomes a heartfelt drama of what can happen when we put the emphasis on the shallow and realize the need for tenderness and love too late. The performances are solid, the fawn like grace of Cruz a standout, lifting this film far above its inferior American remake. The ending will linger with the viewer a long time.
This film is a fine argument for expanding your film library to include great foreign films such as this one. Pick this up as soon as you can.
Alejandro Amanabar's Spanish picture is complex and challenging, but also careful and ultimately rewarding.
Cesar (Eduardo Noriega) is a young, handsome, and wealthy playboy who looks after his own interests with seldom regard to others, including his best friend Pelayo. However, when Pelayo attends a party with the enchanting Sofia (Penelope Cruz, playing the role to perfection), Cesar is immediately drawn to her beauty and charm. He returns with her to her apartment, and spends the night with her, although unusually he doesn't push for anything more than Platonic friendship for the night.
The following morning, as he leaves Sofia's apartment, he runs into an obsessive past conquest, Nuria. She lures him into the car. As if in punishment for this decision, the plot sees the insanely jealous Nuria steer the car off the road in an horrific crash, killing herself and severely disfiguring the vain Cesar.
What follows is a journey into Cesar's own personal hell. Frustrated, confused and bitter, he struggles to regain control of his life. But strange things are happening...
To explain any more of the plot would be criminal. Do not allow anyone to give it away to you, the impact of the storyline is crucial to the films success. Nothing is what it appears to be in this picture, the film initially seems to be about a man coming to terms with a terrible accident, but 'Open Your Eyes' is so much more imaginative and innovative than this. It is at once a love story, science fiction and thriller, and yet so much more.
I was left feeling emotionally worn; I truly felt that my view of the world had altered.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
But I haven't. Then I realise it's Vanilla Sky.
Then I read Vanilla Sky was the remake.
Then I begin to wonder if I'm dreaming.
Great movie, great acting and full of surprises, this is the original movie of the remake vanilla sky.Published on 2 Aug. 2014 by Avril Rickards
I encountered this gem in the days when Channel 4 used to show amazing films in the small hours and from the moment we hear a voice intoning 'Open You Eyes' I was hooked. Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2014 by Mr. G. Morgan
Like a lot of classic movies that have had re-makes made of them, the original is the best version! Well worth watching.Published on 12 Mar. 2014 by H. Watters
Open your eyes is the Euro movie on which Vanilla sky was based....A somewhat superior movie to Vanilla Sky whereby a young guy falls for his best friends new love interest... Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2014 by Dazzler