Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos) is a 1997 film directed by Alejandro Amenábar and written by him and Mateo Gil. It stars Eduardo Noriega as César, a successful and handsome young man in Madrid who becomes severely disfigured in an automobile crash and then undergoes some disorienting experiences. The film also stars Penélope Cruz as Sofia, Najwa Nimri as Nuria (the girl who causes the automobile crash which disfigures César), Fele Martínez as César's friend Pelayo, and Chete Lera as Antonio, a psychiatrist who becomes something of a father figure to César.
In 2002, Open Your Eyes was ranked #84 in the Top 100 Sci-Fi List by the Online Film Critics Society.
The basic plot device and themes of unreality in Open Your Eyes are very similar to those employed in the 1969 novel Ubik by Philip K. Dick. One critic said that Vanilla Sky, the American remake of Open Your Eyes, "approaches the level of a shameless Dick rip-off.
Critical reaction to Open Your Eyes has been mostly positive. James Berardinelli of ReelViews gave the film three and a half stars (out of four), saying that movies "of this intelligence, audacity, and complexity come along so rarely that it's mandatory to cry out their arrival" and that "those who see it will not quickly forget the experience.
Rob Blackwelder of SplicedWire gave the film four stars (out of four), calling it "a jaw-dropping psychological thriller" that's "beautifully orchestrated. Richard Scheib of The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review also gave Open Your Eyes four stars, calling it "quite a remarkable film.
Holly E. Ordway of DVD Active said, "I don’t give out “perfect 10” ratings lightly, but Open Your Eyes earns one by all accounts. Aaron Beierle of DVD Talk gave a lukewarm review, saying that he "found most of Open Your Eyes interesting" but remarked that "there's something about the picture that kept me from being completely involved.
Critical reaction to Vanilla Sky was mostly negative. It currently holds a 39% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 157 reviews (62 positive, 95 negative). Critic Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian called the film an "extraordinarily narcissistic high-concept vanity project for producer-star Tom Cruise.
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