5. Vanilla Sky (Cameron Crowe, 2001)
What they said:
“Vanilla Sky represents a crushing disappointment. Everything is miscalculated - tone, style, acting, writing... An elaborate house of mirrors.”
Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter.
What we say:
A dazzling, provocative look at life, love and reality.
It’s clunky in places – see the smug explanation of the fact that Tom Cruise’s head is frozen – but the disintegrating narrative is bravely cryptic and unconventional, and the agitated nightmare vision of a deserted Times Square is iconic and unforgettable.
Most impressively of all, Cruise, teetering on the edge of his time as a legitimate leading man, toys admirably with notions of fame, beauty and success.