Tom Cruise’s Vanilla Sky ‘most confusing film ever’
A recent poll rates Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller Vanilla Sky as the most confusing movie of all time…
As Christopher Nolan's dream burglary blockbuster causes furrowed brows in cinemas everywhere, DVD rental company LoveFilm has conducted a poll to discover what its customers believe is the most confusing movie of all time.
Winning the top spot over bewildering hopefuls such as David Lynch's Mulholland Drive and The Matrix Revolutions was Cameron Crowe's 2001 sci-fi thriller Vanilla Sky starring Tom Cruise. A remake of Spanish film Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes), Vanilla Sky wove a surreal tale of a wealthy publishing heir (Cruise) who, after a car accident leaves him horribly disfigured, begins to suffer from a series of strange hallucinations.
Falling in behind Vanilla Sky on the confusing films list are, in descending order: Mulholland Drive, Donnie Darko, The Matrix Revolutions, Memento, 12 Monkeys, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Revolver, and A Clockwork Orange.
We can't argue with many of the choices on the list. Classic though it is, Donnie Darko's one of those films that actually makes less sense the more you try to rationalise it, though the inclusion of A Clockwork Orange is somewhat mystifying. Even the language is less opaque than the Nadsat argot Anthony Burgess used in the original novel.
And while much has been made of Inception's serpentine plot (the very fact that it's inspired a ‘confusing movies' poll is evidence of just how much of a headache it's giving certain members of the audience) for us, The Last Airbender is by far the more bewildering blockbuster to appear this summer.
Nevertheless, it's quite likely that Christopher Nolan's Inception will join the list, along with one of his other movies, Memento, should the poll be taken again in a few years time.
Do you agree with LoveFilm's results? Why not tell what films have most confused you in the comments section?