Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos) (Permanent Midnight)
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Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos) (Permanent Midnight)
The line between dreams and reality become increasingly blurred after a womanizing playboy is nearly killed by a jilted lover in Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar's masterful sophomore effort Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes). It would seem as if Cesar (Eduardo Noriega) has it all. Handsome, charming, and with money to burn, he can get any girl he wants, and usually does so on a nightly basis. Following a birthday party in which he chats up Sofia (Penelope Cruz), the date of his best friend Pelayo (Fele Martinez), Cesar is plunged headfirst into a nightmare world when jealous former lover… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even if the script (written by the director and Mateo Gil) and direction are patchy, the obsessive theme is gripping."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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?"
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"If Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch had collaborated on a project, the result might have been something like Open Your Eyes.""
‑ Blake French,
"Substantially better than its remake, 'Vanilla Sky'"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Amenábar's virtuoso style and connection to the youth audience, both of which are resented by the Spanish film establishment, make him a plausible model outside Spain for a European cinema that bridges the gap between arthouse and mainstream."
‑ Paul Julian Smith, Sight and Sound
"This is so smart, mischievous and stylish, you'll instantly want to see it again."
‑ , Time Out
"The cumbersome, fantastical plot twists of its last 40 minutes render the whole thing unfathomable."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"The visually stunning product is no less absorbing and haunting, not to mention surprisingly moving."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The original of Vanilla Sky -- more subtle, but not as much fun."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Alejandro Amenabar's psychothriller is a dark dish Cruise and Crowe later turned to plain Vanilla."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"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."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"Amenabar may drop the ball with a surprise happy ending, but the real shock is that when Cesar finally opens his eyes, you feel he's earned it."
‑ Gary Dauphin, Village Voice
"Alejandro Amenabar announced himself in the category of the top level of directors working today."
‑ David Grove, Film Threat
"See this far superior thriller instead of the lousy remake "Vanilla Sky.""
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"A masterpiece."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
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