Sleepless

Sleepless

Baran bo Odar (2017)

90min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In this pointless US remake of pulsating 2011 French thriller Sleepless Night, Jamie Foxx stars as a crooked cop with one night to return the drugs he stole from a dangerous gangster, in order to save his son. To make things worse, he also has to shake off a determined internal affairs officer (Michelle Monaghan) who's hot on his tail. At one point the villain of the story remarks "There's a right way of doing things, and a wrong way", and it seems as though everyone in this film chose the latter. Unlikeable characters make bizarre decisions, often motivated by reasons that aren't exactly clear. The only mercy is that the excruciating dialogue is often inaudible thanks to all the husky muttering. Foxx and Monaghan do their utmost with a plot that would struggle to fill an hour-long TV episode, with both doing enough to convince you that the chase is worth following. As the film limps to an unsatisfying finish, however, it's clear that both talented actors deserve better. Check out the original for a more exhilarating experience.

Summary

Las Vegas cop Vincent Downs steals a 25kg shipment of cocaine from a violent casino boss, whose associates kidnap Downs' teenage son in retaliation. Downs is keen to return the drugs and see his son set free, but is hampered by having to dodge the attentions of an internal affairs officer. Action thriller, starring Jamie Foxx, Dermot Mulroney and Michelle Monaghan.

Cast & Crew

Vincent Downs Jamie Foxx
Jennifer Bryant Michelle Monaghan
Stanley Rubino Dermot Mulroney
Doug Dennison David Harbour
Sean Cass Tip Harris
Dena Gabrielle Union
Rob Novak Scoot McNairy
Thomas Octavius J Johnson
Director Baran bo Odar
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 5 May 2017
Drama