Eyes Wide Shut
- By: Andrew N Papanikitas
Kubrick's swansong movie, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, uses a medical stereotype of a young wealthy American doctor in this tale of sexual temptation and neuroticism. In this vividly sleazy and almost surreal fable, the doctor played by Cruise undergoes what is best described as a “long dark night of the soul.” Haunted to an obsessional degree by images of his wife's potential infidelity, he is presented with sexual temptations of escalating depravity. He escapes these through cowardice, ineptitude, and luck.
Cruise gives a sterling performance as the naive but far from innocent medic. He plays a young successful doctor in private practice, with whom all women seem to want to have sex. He flashes his medical identity badge every time he is presented with a problem, as though he were a member of the New York Police Department, and spends more money in one night than a British