Although after Magnolia
we should no longer be surprised that Tom Cruise can act, it's still a surprise. He turns in a decent performance in Vanilla Sky
, though the real stars are the gorgeous, highly saturated cinematography and Penelope Cruz's twitchy and occasionally naked performance as Cruise's love interest. The story is a multi-layered mystery, a series of dreams-within-dreams that might frustrate the short-attention-span masses who like things explained immediately. Don't worry; everything is cleared up in the end, and like Cruise's body, the middle sections are just as fabulous, and worth working your way through.