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Open Your Eyes

4.3 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Eduardo Noriega, Penélope Cruz, Chete Lera, Fele Martínez, Najwa Nimri
  • Directors: Alejandro Amenábar
  • Writers: Alejandro Amenábar, Mateo Gil
  • Producers: Alain Sarde, Ana Amigo, Andrea Occhipinti, Fernando Bovaira, José Luis Cuerda
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Artisan Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LZOD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,690 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Open Your Eyes" on IMDb

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I saw "Abre Los Ojos" quite a while before I saw "Vanilla Sky," and to me it is far superior. Cameron Crowe's version of this dark and twisted dreamscape is so prettied up and sanitized that much of the impact of the story is lost--as is the case with many Americanized versions of foreign-language films. Eduardo Noriega is amazing (and beautiful)in "Abre Los Ojos," giving the character of Cesar a sense of darkness as well as vulnerability, not to mention the egocentricity of a spoiled child that is expected in the character--Tom Cruise, on the other hand, just seems like a movie star throughout his entire performance in "Vanilla Sky." Penelope Cruz's performance in this original version is much more believable...ironic, considering she and Cruise became a couple. The chemistry between Cruz and Noriega is much more palpable. The Madrid scenery is amazing, and there is a dreamlike quality to the film that comes from excellent cinematography and just plain good film-making...not Hollywood "magic". The characters are believable, and the ending is not as "sugar coated," so that it has an even bigger impact on the audience. Skip the Vanilla...and open your eyes.
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Alejandro Amenabar's "Open Your Eyes (Abre Los Ojos)" operates on the notion that dreams and reality walk hand-in-hand down the path of life. It deals with elements of psychological bliss and disturbance in ways reminiscent of Hitchcock and "The Twilight Zone," evoking a tone of constant underlying dread that remains in the mind long after the movie's earth-shattering climax. This isn't a thriller in the traditional sense, but its thought-provoking plot is a testament to Amenabar's superb storytelling capability.
The film begins normally enough by introducing us to César (played by Eduardo Noriega), a wealthy man with popularity and good looks tucked under his sleeve. He's got a best friend, Pelayo (Fele Martínez), who takes pleasure in chiding him about his involvement with the persistent Nuria (Najwa Nimri), who simply won't take no for an answer when it appears that César has lost interest in her. His birthday party marks the start of a new relationship with the lovely and high-spirited Sofia (Penélope Cruz), yet his reservations about moving too fast with her further infuriate Nuria, who offers him a ride back to his apartment the following morning only to run the both of them down a hillside into a wall.
The accident leaves Nuria dead and César badly injured, with facial scars untreatable by his physicians, who try to convince him of the risks involved in attempting to return his face to its former state. His disfigurement is a burden to him, as well as to Sofia and Pelayo, who find discomfort not in his looks, but in his downtrodden attitude and outlook on his future.
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Outstanding film. Bought this DVD after seeing and enjoying Vanilla Sky. If you liked Vanilla Sky, it's pretty interesting to see Abre Los Ojos, the inspiration for it. In fact, I was surprised how closely the stories stuck together. Scene for scene they unfold in almost the exact same way (unlike some Hollyweed remakes of foreign flicks). To be honest, I like both movies a lot, and for slightly different reasons. Not sure why some folks slam the heck out of Vanilla Sky and praise this to pieces since they're so similar (quite a few foreign film snobs seem to lean that way--which I don't understand since almost half of my DVD collection is comprised of non-American productions). Abre Los Ojos did an awesome job crafting a story that was interesting and pulled the watcher in without a bunch of over-the-top special effects. One of its strengths is just the sheer way it pulls you in with the simplicity of executing a far-from-simple story. I do think Penelope Cruz' performance was stronger in this version. She adds a little more depth to her character, and it feels a little more fleshed out. Conversely I think the Nunia/Julie Gianni character (the spurned love interest in the story) is better executed by Cameron Diaz. She injects just enough of an eery quality into her character that puts you cautiously on edge. Najwa Nimri, the actress in Open Your Eyes, does the roll well, but with less dimension. Another noticeable difference is Noriega's `César' (the main character). In Abre Los Ojos, he comes across as more of a naïve victim of circumstance. Yes, he's callow and cocky, but not necessarily conniving. Cruise' character seems much more aware of his circumstances and bit more manipulative.Read more ›
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Anyone who saw Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky and loved it should really seek out this film, the original, "Open Your Eyes." Although less technically savvy and a lot quieter than Vanilla Sky (I actually missed Crowe's use of music), this Spanish language version is definetely worth seeing. Alejandro Amenabar's story is a highly complex psychological thriller, and the main leads couldn't be more watchable. Eduardo Noriega gives Tom Cruise a run for his money in this role (and vice versa, I thought the acting in Vanilla Sky was excellent). It was nice to see the original version of what is arguably one of the most interesting films to come out in the last couple of years. This film is destined to become a classic, like Vanilla Sky in its own right.
The DVD has a small, four page commentary on the film and its meaning, or at least the meaning that Amenabar intended. I found that interesting, as well as the short cast biographies/filmographies. I was very impressed with Cruz(again) and Noriega, and plan to see more films starring them.
Cruz fans should check out the wonderful romantic comedy Twice Upon a Yesterday and the delightful Woman on Top as well.
I highly recommended this film. In Spanish with English subtitles.
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