...en av sin tids bästa ensemblefilmer.
Interconnected characters struggle with love, death and desperation over a long day in Los Angeles culminating with a bizarre weather phenomenon.
With a fantastic turn from Cruise and some unforgettable story tweaks, don't dismiss this as a Short Cuts rip-off.
Writer-director P.T. Anderson strikes a near flawless balance between looseness and structure, and indulges the occasional flight of cinematic fancy without undermining the movie's emotional integrity.
In one sense, it tells absorbing stories, filled with detail, told with precision and not a little humor. On another sense, it is a parable.