Open Your Eyes (1997) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski) and Tuna
thumbs up, without reservations. Scoopy's comments in white
Open Your Eyes, which is the English marketing name for the Spanish film Abre Los Ojos, can best be best described as a homage to Rod Serling.
Serling is one of the few men in the history of science fiction to understand that the most frightening things we can face are inside our heads, and they are centered around two concepts: isolation and confusion. Of the two, isolation is the more important - the driving concept. Think of how Serling's mind worked, and you'll immediately understand what I mean. He explored isolation in all its aspects.
And in every case, you don't understand what is going on. Isolation drives the fear, confusion magnifies the fear.
also liked to use his science fiction settings to explore serious
ideas - the nature of beauty, for example. Do you remember the doctors
and nurses talking about how ugly the patient is, until the camera
pulls back to show a handsome patient, and doctors and nurses that
look like pigs?
Open Your Eyes explores serious ideas as well. It is not so much about the nature of beauty as its effects. The hero is a very handsome man whose face is disfigured in an auto accident, and the effect that disfigurement has on the way he perceives himself and the way others perceive him.
|Finally, the film's
author is also
somewhat moralistic, and this also parallels Serling. Perhaps our hero
deserved the accident, because he used his beauty cavalierly, to
seduce women and discard them, and it was one of the discarded women
who caused his disfigurement.
It is a story that Serling could easily have written, and he would have been proud of it.
If I say too much more, I'll spoil it for you, and this isn't the kind of film you should spoil. Good entertainment. One of the better films of the past five years, and the best episode of The Twilight Zone since the original series went off the air. Plus it's a great looking film and Penelope Cruz removes her clothing. That's pretty close to heaven, right there.
Although nobody in the USA ever really got to see this film (gross $400,000), the esteemed director Cameron Crowe loved it enough that he's made an English language version called "Vanilla Sky", in which Cruz reprises her role, and Tom Cruise is new co-star.
|Tuna's comments in
Abre los ojos (1997),
English title Open Your Eyes is a first rate Sci Fi thriller from
Spain. Giving a plot summary without spoilers would be as hard as
doing the same for Fight Club, so if you are dying to know the plot,
check out Berardinelli's detailed summary. Penelope Cruz shows her
breasts, and Najwa Nimri has very brief breast exposure for sure, and
clear but possibly double exposure (image 4).
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