“Vanilla Sky” (2001) opens with aerial shots of Manhattan, or what it looks like if you’re flying in too low, ready to crash into a building. Thus, begins the dream… and what is a movie if not a dream? Sometimes, dreams predict things. The camera zooms down toward “The Dakota” – that notorious apartment building we all know from “Rosemary’s Baby” and from where John Lennon was murdered.
“Vanilla Sky” was filmed in 2000 and then released on Dec. 14th, 2001. I’m surprised it wasn’t cut – reedited – as some other pre-9/11 films were. (e.g. “Men in Black 2”, “Spiderman”, and “Collateral Damage”.) There are more 9/11 references , which I’ll get to later.
PLOT. David Aames (Tom Cruise) is a rich playboy who has everything. David and his best friend/employee Brian (Jason Lee) are nearly killed in a car accident toward the beginning. Brian remarks, “You know what? Your life flashed before my eyes.” This warning is laughed off.
David’s quandary: He controls a media conglomerate (left to him by his father), but he’s not taken seriously by “the board”, who want to take it away from him.
More seriously: He is involved with Julie Gianni (Cameron Diaz) whom Brian refers to as his “fuck buddy”. When Sophia (Penelope Cruz) enters the picture, Julie knows she’s about to lose him.
When David meets Sophia (originally Brian’s girl), they become soulmates in one evening. Just when our hero thinks he’s found his dream girl, Julie returns, luring him into her car, possibly for a sexual rendezvous. While driving, she begins to unravel, revealing that she knows she’s his “fuck buddy” and asks “When did you stop caring?” Ms. Psycho Girlfriend asks “Do you believe in God?”, then rams her car through a railing, crashing into a concrete wall.
David survives, but is left disfigured, his side partially paralyzed with excruciating headaches. After some time of being alone and depressed, he attempts to resume his relationship with Sophia. On their reunion date, she brings along Brian. Things do not go well from there. Drinking tequila shots, David sees Sophia dancing and also sees that she has moved on.
In a short, but very funny scene, David stares at his face in the men’s room mirror. Three guys pass by and one tells him, “Dude, fix your fucking face!” (Even Tom Cruise laughs.)
David finds Sophia (speaking with another man) and basically wants her to tell him where they stand. She doesn’t want to say, then finally she blurts out: “I’ll tell you in another life, when we’re cats.”
Going home, she ditches him for Brian and our former hero is left passed out drunk on the sidewalk.
“Vanilla Sky” shifts into many gears after this, but like I promised , I’ll get to the other 9/11 references.
[WARNING – SPOILER ALERT.]
At the conclusion, David (whom we do not know if he’s dead, alive or dreaming), is forced to confront his greatest fear: heights. His dream guide takes him up an elevator into one of the tallest skyscrapers in New York City. His guide explains that he’s in the future now, “much has changed and your money will not last long.” On top of the building, he meets with his psychiatrist, Brian and Sophia. He is faced with a decision: stay in his “Lucid Dream” or wake up by jumping off the building. Speaking with the only woman he ever loved, he asks Sophia if she remembers telling him – “Every passing minute is a chance to turn it all around.”
David makes the decision to jump. End the dream.
As he is falling, one cannot help but be reminded of the 9/11 jumpers. This is the subliminal message. America was woken out of its dream – its vision of invulnerability. So how did the filmmakers know this beforehand?
In the last shot, we see one eye opening.
On Dec. 8, 1980, singer/songwriter/ex-Beatle John Lennon was gunned down by a former fan named Mark David Chapman. Since then, conspiracy theorists have speculated that Lennon was murdered by the CIA because he would have made trouble for the new Reagan Administration. Is there any truth to this hypothesis?
For those who believe in this theory, Mark David Chapman was trained by the CIA in special camps in South America, under the guise of a Peace Corps-type outfit. Hopelessly brainwashed, he was triggered by the novel “Catcher in the Rye” and the movie “The Wizard of Oz”. After the killing, Chapman barely knew what he was doing, nor remembered killing Lennon. Further proof is that the guard at the Dakota did not try to apprehend Chapman, because he too worked for the CIA.
While all this may seem to make sense, the theory has several fatal flaws. The biggest is that Jimmy Carter was still president in 1980. Reagan was president-elect.
In 1980, Lennon was busy recording and was doing nothing remotely political. (In the early 1970’s, he was on Pres. Nixon’s enemy list and protested the Vietnam War.) In his last interview, Lennon was philosophical about Reagan, said he “never voted” and that “we should try to make the 1980’s better.” There was no ill will.
As a child, Mark Chapman believed that little people lived in his walls and that he was the their ruler. In 1977, he had nearly committed suicide. Losing his identity, he signed his name as “John Lennon” or as “Holden Caulfield” (the main character in “Catcher in the Rye”.)
There’s no doubt the CIA has been up to some shady operations, but there’s no real motive for them to go so far out of their way to kill a pop star minding his own business. Mark David Chapman was truly insane. It behooves the far-left that a sick nobody brought down a famed celebrity activist…except that’s exactly what happened. Lennon himself once joked that he probably would be killed by a “nutter”.
Text (C) 2017 – ERN
Back in 1968, Paramount released “Rosemary’s Baby” (based on Ira Levin’s novel), directed by then up-and-coming film director Roman Polanski. The movie would become a phenomenal hit, the title a catchphrase everyone understood. Some forty-eight years later, it’s still viewed with morbid fascination.
Director Roman Polanski claims he doesn’t believe in the devil, yet the opening and closing sequences are shot from the devil’s point-of-view as he hovers over Manhattan.
His wife Sharon Tate was cast as an extra in the party scene. She was murdered while pregnant on August 9, 1969.
The mysterious apartment building known as “the Bramford” is really “the Dakota” where John Lennon was shot to death on Dec. 8, 1980. (Dec. 9th in Liverpool – #9.)
Book connections: “All of Them Witches” isn’t a real book, but is used as a device to warn Rosemary. The movie is meant to take place in 1966. In 1999, Polanski would direct another Satanic film titled “The Ninth Gate”, about a book that is able to bring forth the devil. 1933 – 1966 – 1999. 33 degrees.
Tony Curtis (who appeared with Tate in “Don’t Make Waves” a year earlier) does a voice-over as Donald Baumgart, an actor who goes blind from a witch’s curse.
Composer Krzysztof Komeda who wrote the eerie score died a year later from a brain injury.
Robert Redford lost the role of Guy Woodhouse due to legal reasons. John Cassavetes was cast instead.
Ruth Warrick was the only major Oscar winner (Best Supporting Actress.)
The novel and movie alludes to a network or witches living in New York. In the finale, the baby Adrian “the antichrist” is visited by devil-worshippers from all over the world. The baby itself isn’t shown and his mother Rosemary seems ambivalent. Today, he would be of age.
The mainstream media will never acknowledge the Luciferian agenda: a New World Order born from the United Nations, i.e., a world dictatorship.
Text (C) 2016 – ERN