Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
After Dr. Bill Harford's wife, Alice, admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met, Bill becomes obsessed with having a sexual encounter. He discovers an underground sexual group and attends one of their meetings -- and quickly discovers that he is in over his head.
Very very predictable, including the post credit scene !!!
This was not a good film.
Not such o good movie.
This story has more twists and turns than a second-rate soap opera.
Eyes Wide Shut was the last film directed by the legend Stanley Kubrick and because it starred the then A list couple Cruise and Kidman, along with many sex scenes the film was way overhyped. And probably didn't live upto this expectation either critically or commercially. But now Eyes Wide Shut is being rediscovered as a cult and already there are a host of blogs and articles online talking about how great the film is. I love it- I think this is one of the finest psychological films ever made. It reeks of atmosphere and the story- based on an Austrain novel is very good. Go see this soon to be declared masterpiece.
Eyes Wide Shut was the last film by the legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. At the time of its released the film caused a furore because of the nudity and sex involved but this is a great film which is being slowly being re appreciated and rediscovered, as is the case with most of Kubrick's films. Tom Cruise and Nichole Kidman- real life husband wife at the time- play husband wife that get involved in a sex cult of some sort. This film has a fantastic atmosphere and a mesmerizing flow. You must watch this film, although be aware that it is strictly for adults.
The movie that I tried to ignore for past 4 years since researching about the secret society and conspiracy theories. Finally today is the day to talk about this film. Stanley Kubrick exposed one of the oldest secret in this world through dream & mystery genre. I like the one dialogue said by Tom Cruise - What kind of fu**ing charade is that taking lives of people. Stanley significantly hints those celebrities that died and will die in future too. Here are some eye-opening facts about Eyes Wide Shut1. The film is based on novella Traumnovelle (Dream Story) which was published in 1926.2. The Warner Bros. Pictures pushed Kubrick to cast A-list names.3. Kubrick liked the idea of casting a real-life married couple in the film, and originally considered Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger. Eventually, he went with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, who were married from 1990 to 2001.4. Though the film is set in New York, it was filmed in London.5. The movie is the Guiness World Record Holder for the longest constant movie shoot with a total of 400 days. Cruise and Kidman only committed to six months of filming. The extended shoot delayed work for Mission: Impossible II. Tom didn't seem to mind though as he said - we knew from the beginning the level of commitment needed.6. Kubrick temporarily banned Cruise from the set during shoot Kidman's sex scene with another man, which motivates the rest of the film's plot. They spent 6 days to filming the one-minute scene (wtf Kubrick).7. Six days for a one-minute scene is nothing compared to the time Kubrick had Cruise do 95 takes of one simple action: walking through a door. 8. Kubrick has a cameo in the movie which can be seen sitting in a booth at the Sonata Café.9. Kubrick passed away less than a week after showing the studio what would be the final cut of the film to Warner Bros. (not surprise for those revealing secret society)10. Eyes Wide Shut came out a full 12 years after Kubrick's previous film 1987's Full Metal Jacket.11. Kubrick's only film to earned $30,196,742 during its first week in release.12. One year after the film's release, Cruise admitted that he "didn't like playing Dr. Bill. I didn't like him. It was unpleasant. But I would have absolutely kicked myself if I hadn't done this.
It was Stanley Kubrick's final film.. and what a film it was. The Kubrick filmography after 2001: A Space Odyssey was big budgeted, highly conceived and highly anticipated event pictures. Eyes Wide Shut was given none of the pomp and circumstance in it's marketing campaign and neither was there any in the production phase. If anything, Eyes Wide Shut is a bookend to Kubrick's beautiful cinematic journey. It's a throwback, in many aspects, to the Film Noir wave of the 1950's, of which Kubrick made his name being apart of. In the genres of romance, mystery and suspense, Eyes Wide Shut remains to be one of the greatest films of it's kind ever made.But why? Simply, it's about the minimalism. It's actors are tabloid hollywood caliber, it's sets and locations are based in the everyday and yet Eyes Wide Shut is hauntingly extraordinary. In short, it's dreamlike. The way Kubrick tackles sexual paranoia cuts to core of what every man and woman fears when they are in a monogamous relationship. Kubrick illustrates these fears through the metaphor of the sex cult that Tom Cruise's character visits. Of course, that scene has become famous in it's grandiose imagination and unforgettable mis-en-scene. But the sex cult was never intended to be taken at face value. In fact, many viewers mistakenly assumed that that was what the entire film was centered on. In reality, the cult was just one of the many sexual tests that Cruise is forced to take.Cruise, over the course of the picture is put though a gauntlet of sexual temptation. For instance, visiting the house of the NYC prostitute, or the scene of the emotionally wrought, sexually starving widow of a dead patient. One of the most striking tests for me was the scene in which Cruise buys the costume from Rainbow Fashions, only to discover that the owner has a nymphomaniac of a daughter who he catches with a duo of Asian businessmen. She looks on at Cruise, with a flirtatious grin, telling him without saying a word, that he can have her anytime he wants. Kubrick explores sexual temptations from the covert to the overt and psychotically, the audience is challenged as well. How much would you get away with without your wife or husband knowing? On top of that, Kubrick asks an even scarier question. Are monogamous relationships a sham? Are we all just sexual creatures waiting for the next person to mate with? Nicole Kidman's monologue on her desire to cheat on her own husband is forever chilling. Kubrick, by no uncertain terms wants us to know that women can be just as sexually repressed, and potentially, just as unfaithful if they ever wanted to be.I'll never forget the experience of watching Eyes Wide Shut, and neither will anyone else who watches it. It's the definitive swan song of the career of a man changed cinema as we knew it.