Basically, Vanilla Sky is a remake of a Spanish film called Abre los Ojos. It stars Eduardo Noriega as a shallow rich handsome man who never sleeps with the same woman twice. After meeting Penelope Cruz, he thinks he might have found someone to settle down with. When he is horribly disfigured, everything changes. Without his good looks he is nothing. Then things start to get strange.
I've read the Cruise optioned the remake of this movie before he finished watching the credits. It's easy to see why:
- Playing handsome shallow assholes is pretty much Cruise's sweet spot.
- Head games about the nature of reality work with his Scientologist philosophy
In conclusion, if you have seen either, and didn't hate it, try the other. If you haven't, watch Ojos first.