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Added on: 20/2/2002 06:22
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Open Your Eyes (Abre Los Ojos) (UK)

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Reality and fantasy blend together but will Cesar have a future?
Certificate: 15
Running Time: 117 mins
Retail Price: £15.99
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César (Eduardo Noriega) is vain, rich and charming. His womanising ways often irritate his best friend, Pelayo (Fele Martinez), who is not surpnsed when César moves in on Sofia (Penelope Cruz), a beautiful young woman who happens to be his date for César`s birthday party.
César decides to use her to extricate himself from the clutches of Nuria (Najwa Nimri), a one-night stand who has steadfastly reflised to accept his rejection. But to his surprise, César finds himself falling for Sofia.

Running into Nuria the next day, César reluctantly accepts a lift in her car. But Nuria drives off the road, killing herself and permanently destroying César`s once handsome face.

Awakening in a psychiatric prison for a murder he does not remember committing and prompted to wear an expressionless mask to hide his scarred face, César, with the help of a sympathetic psychiatrist, tries to make sense of recent events.

As he does so, his life begins to umavel. Reality and fantasy blend together and César is terrified that if he cannot uncover the truth, no matter how fearful it may be, he will have no future...

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Video Tracks:
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1

Audio Tracks:
Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 Spanish

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Directed By:
Alejandro Amenábar

Written By:

Jorge de Juan
Gérard Barray
Najwa Nimri
Fele Martínez
Chete Lera
Penélope Cruz
Eduardo Noriega

Soundtrack By:
Mariano Marín
Alejandro Amenábar

Director of Photography:
Hans Burman

María Elena Sáinz de Rozas

Alain Sarde
Andrea Occhipinti
José Luis Cuerda
Fernando Bovaira
Ana Amigo

Momentum Pictures

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5 / 10
I don`t have this DVD, but I saw the film when it came out in Madrid, where I was living at the time. Therefore I`ll leave the review scores at 5. I just wanted to clear up a couple of points from the previous review. I don`t think you can call the Gran Via in Madrid a street in "any old Spanish city". Anyone who has walked around Madrid for even a day would be stunned by the emptiness of the Gran Via - it`s not even that enpty in August, and is usually jam packed. This was achieved without the usual digital jiggery-pokery, the street was simply emptied. It sent shivers up my spine when I saw it, I can tell you. Actually, it wasn`t fully emptied. There is someone on an upstairs blacony in the top right, I believe. Also, they included, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful pieces of European skyscraper architecture in the Torre Picasso (built by a Japanese architect).

I don`t think there are any excuses for a remake, simply the reason that Cruise saw dollars all the way and went for it. Why is it so objectionable that the film didn`t have any US landmarks in it? Am I to believe that the film-watching public of the US require such dumbing-down? I hope not.
posted by tavis on 25/10/2003 18:10