Open Your Eyes (Abre los Ojos) (1999)
Critic Consensus: Director Alejandro Amenábar tackles some heady issues with finesse and clarity in Open Your Eyes, a gripping exploration of existentialism and the human spirit.
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Critic Reviews for Open Your Eyes (Abre los Ojos)
Even if the script (written by the director and Mateo Gil) and direction are patchy, the obsessive theme is gripping.
This is so smart, mischievous and stylish, you'll instantly want to see it again.
If you're the type who doesn't mind jigsaw puzzles unassembling themselves as you assemble them, if you enjoy enigmas and don't need explanations, the film just might work for you.
For adventurous filmgoers, though, this Spanish import offers something off the beaten path and a chance to play the coffee-shop game: Could This Screenplay Be Saved?
A film with enough intellectual meat on its stylish bones to give more adventurous moviegoers something to chew on afterward.
Audience Reviews for Open Your Eyes (Abre los Ojos)
Amenábar follows his intelligent debut Tesis with this equally smart, well-written and nicely-acted psychothriller that takes a simple premise and shapes it in a twisty direction where we can't see where reality ends and illusion begins - and the ending is more than earned.
Open Your Eyes is a mischievous and confusing fantasy playing with reality. Leading and puzzling, The Hollywood remake Vanilla Sky in 2001 can only dream on imitating the subtle approach to the idea in the original Open Your Eyes. An eye-opener.
This is definately a film one should watch with the American version. Seeing Cruz act in the same script as a different character is very rare. Being able to view the same scenes done with different cinematography is also interesting. The movie is strange and sorrowful in any language.
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