500 Days Of Film Reviews Action Drama, Sleepless, Starring Jaime Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney, David Harbour and ScootMcNairy
Vincent Downs (Jamie Foxx) is an undercover Las Vegas police officer caught in a high stakes web of corrupt cops and a mob-controlled casino underworld. When a drug heist goes wrong, Downs’ teenage son is kidnapped.
In one sleepless night he will have to rescue his son, evade an internal affairs investigation and bring the kidnappers to justice.
Is It Any Good?
I start all of my film reviews with a movie synopsis and a question: is it any good? In the case of Baran bo Odar’s Sleepless, the answer is, sadly, no. Despite its pretty
impressive cast (Jamie Foxx and Scoot McNairy are particularly wasted here), this is not a good movie.
I knew I was in trouble from the opening scenes when the score started to pound. Now it’s time to feel tense it seemed to shout. Look, here are the bad guys! Honestly, I haven’t heard a more unsubtle soundtrack in a long time.
Then came the story. Sleepless is farcically derivative. It reminded me of many (far) superior movies that I would have preferred to be watching (Die Hard and The Raid to name but two). Its plot is ridiculous (I almost laughed out loud twice and not in a good way), its script is dire and don’t even get me started on the film’s nausea-inducing editing.
I get that not every film needs to be a masterpiece. I understand the value in movies that are fun and entertaining even as they are instantly forgettable. Sleepless, however, does not even fall into this category. Don't get me wrong, this movie is not offensive, just dull and definitely one to avoid.
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