In the end, it was totally worth it: the film was well received by audiences and critics, and did well at the box office (at the time, Vanilla Sky grossed over $200 million worldwide).
We follow the story of David Aames (Tom Cruise), a young businessman who owns a publishing empire, whose life changes completely when he meets and falls in love with the beautiful Sofia Serrano (Penélope Cruz) . This budding romance sparks uncontrollable jealousy in Julie (Cameron Diaz), a close friend of David with whom he has a casual relationship. One day, on leaving Sofia’s house, David meets Julie, who says she wants to have a conversation with him and convinces him to get into her car, but ends up committing an irreversible act.
This film, which mixes reality and fantasy, is a remake of the Spanish production Abre Los Ojos (1997) and earned Cameron Diaz a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 2002.