Alejandro Amenábar directs Eduardo Noriega, Penélope Cruz and Najwa Nimri in this Spanish mind-bending thriller where a spoilt young man meets the woman of his dreams the morning before a spurned lover of his disfigures him.
Fuelled by a desire to create confusing dream-like frames of beauty, this is a solid blend of Hitchcock and Philip K Dick. Sadly a very unlikable lead stops this from being more than a very well made executive toy. Abre Los Ojos catches the eye with its beauty and physical mystery but never really becomes more than a harsh, cold plaything.
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