Sleepless

(2017)

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Title:
Sleepless
Release Date:
12th January 2017
Runtime:
95 min
MPAA Rating:
R
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Directors:
Baran bo Odar
Writers:
Andrea Berloff, Frederic Jardin
Languages:
English
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Storyline

Vincent Downs is a cop in Las Vegas, who's partnered with a crooked cop. His partner asks him to steal some drugs, which they do. But what they don't know is that the drugs belong to a crime family, the Novaks who goes after anyone who crosses them. And Rob Novak the man who was handling the drug sale sets his sights on the man who sold him the drugs, casino boss Rubino. Rubino discovers Downs was the one who stole the drugs so he has Downs' son abducted and tells Downs to bring the drugs to his casino. Jennifer Bryant, an idealistic cop who wants to take down every criminal including the Novaks. Recently one her busts went bust and she did everything by the book. She thinks all the men are patronizing her. When she meets Downs she gets a vibe off of him and follows him. Downs brings the drugs to the casino and hides the drugs. Downs meets with Rubino and asks for his drugs. Downs wants his son first before he gives him the drugs. Rubino shows him his son and goes to get the drugs but Bryant finds the drugs and takes them. When Downs learns what she did she scrambles to find a way to save his son. And Novak needs the drugs desperately and goes after everyone.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 15%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 53%
IMDb Rating 5.6

Casts

Jamie Foxx as Vincent
Scoot McNairy as Novak
Tim Connolly as McFerrin

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Dave McClain ([email protected]) 18th January, 2017

The two decades on either side of the new millennium seem to have been the heyday of movies about corrupt cops. After some pretty corny cop movies in the 1980s, 1990 started off its decade pretty well with "Q & A" and "Internal Affairs". As we moved through the 90s, Hollywood served up "Bad Lieutenant", "Unlawful Entry", "Leon: The Professional", "Cop Land" and the Best Picture Oscar nominee "L.A. Confidential". In the first decade of the 21st century, we got a chance to enjoy Denzel Washington's Oscar-winning performance in "Training Day", followed by the underrated pair "Cellular" and "16 Blocks" and, of course, the Best Picture Oscar winner "The Departed". The current decade has given us less popular dirty cop movies like "Rampart" and "The Place Beyond the Pines". 2017's "Sleepless" (R, 1:35) has things in common with the corrupt cop movies of the previous decade and those of the 90s. The movie opens with Las Vegas police partners in crime prevention (and crime), Vincent Downs (Jamie Foxx) and Sean Cass (T.I.) stealing a bag of cocaine from a group of hooded thugs that they unceremoniously dispatch in the process. When their sergeant is assigning a team to investigate the homicide scene, Downs and Cass convince him to give them the case. Meanwhile, in the same department, Internal Affairs detective Jennifer Bryant (Michelle Monaghan) is recovering from a drug bust gone wrong. Bryant's partner, Doug Dennison (David Harbour) and the police psychologist express concern for Bryant's mental and physical state, but she insists on getting back to work. Bryant is also investigating the aforementioned drug murder because shell casings from police ammunition were found at the scene. As the story progresses, Bryant becomes convinced that Downs isn't what he seems. Things get dicier when it is revealed that the cocaine that Downs and Cass stole belongs to casino owner Stanley Rubino (Dermot Mulroney). Rubino sends more masked thugs to kidnap Downs' son, Thomas (Octavius Johnson) and demands that Downs bring the drugs to his casino if he ever wants to see his son again. As Downs is trying to hide his son's predicament from the teen's mother, Dena (Gabrielle Union), the person for whom Rubino was transporting the drugs, ruthless local crime boss Robert Novak (Scott McNairy) comes looking for his coke. All this drama descending upon Rubino's casino is compounded when Bryant and Dennison, who have been following Downs, show up at the casino and work to figure out what's going on. This leads to a series of escalating confrontations and rising stakes for all involved. "Sleepless" is entertaining, but forgettable and fails to live up to its potential. This is a remake of the 2011 French thriller "Sleepless Night", but can't match that film's adept storytelling and high tension. Several plot points in this American version are suspect at best, although the excellent cast helps draw you in and there are a couple decent twists late in the story. The plotting feels like a throwback to genre movies of the late 80s and early 90s and the overall quality is as unremarkable as the corrupt cop tales from earlier in the 2010s. "Sleepless" is good enough to keep you awake and somewhat engaged, but it isn't impactful enough to keep you up at night thinking about it. "B-"

Reviewed by jdesando 18th January, 2017

Watch Oscar Jamie sleep.

You may go sleepless while watching this abduction thriller with a couple of stars, Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan. They're Las Vegas PD detectives involved in drug busting with all the kidnap, corruption components in place. The outstanding element is the awareness that an Oscar winner--Foxx--can be wasted in a hum-drum actioner that surprises not at all. Believe me when I tell you that if you stirred Liam Neeson in with this script, you'd know the difference only by the skin color of the kidnapped children. Although director Odar does a competent job with the foot races and car chases, they are still boiler-plate staples of the genre. While Foxx spends most of the film improbably finding his son, losing him, finding him again in an almost Groundhog Day motif, the action becomes tedious quickly. His life-threatening-wound is ludicrously not debilitating except for a few high-priced Oscar grunts that end up immobilizing a goon or two who have no similar disabilities. It was a dismal afternoon when I saw Sleepless because I love cinematic visuals and watching Michelle make something out of nothing. Otherwise, you'll be more careful about the safety of your children. That's the good part.

Reviewed by bankofmarquis 15th January, 2017

Better than crappy

The new Jamie Foxx action flick SLEEPLESS is a bit bi-polar as it alternates from surprising (sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad) and NOT surprising (sometimes for the good sometimes for the bad). SURPRISING:  Jamie Foxx tamps down his natural charm to play "against type" as a crooked cop who rips off a drug dealer. NOT SURPRISING:  Because of this, the first 1/2 hour of this film is a mess.  Foxx is boring, the rapid-fire patter of his partner (played by hip-hop artist T.I.) is annoying and Michelle Monaghan plays a tough female cop trying to prove herself to her male counterparts, yet again. SURPRISING:  A fight scene in a kitchen at about the 1/2 hour mark was actually pretty entertaining, making me sit up from the slumped position I was in and thought "okay...perhaps there is some hope for this film." NOT SURPRISING:  David Harbour - who has made a career out of playing bad cops shows up as a cop who might (or might not) be bad. SURPRISING:  As the film draws towards the final battle, Foxx has given up downplaying his natural charm and I found myself actively rooting for him. NOT SURPRISING:  Gabriel Union, in the obligatory "wife on the phone" roll decides to leave the safety of where she is at and meet Foxx where the final battle takes place.  Do you think she'll get involved? SURPRISING:  The over-the-top finale as staged by director Baron bo Odar was terrifically over-the-top.  And the film, up to this point, had no indication of this.  It was as if the Director said "Screw it, we're going for it" - and it works (at least for me)! NOT SURPRISING:  Dermot Mulroney (or is it Dylan McDermot?) and Scoot McNairy put in good,fun supporting performances. SURPRISING:  They actually set this film up for a sequel! NOT SURPISING:  This film won't win any Oscars nor will we break up into discussion groups afterward. SURPRISING:  My rating 6 stars and you can take that to the Bank(ofMarquis)

Reviewed by steve beard ([email protected]) 13th January, 2017

Executed Wonderfully

I saw "Sleepless", starring Jamie Foxx-The Amazing Spider-Man 2, White House Down; Michelle Monaghan-True Detective_tv, Mr. & Mrs. Smith; Dermot Mulroney-Dirty Grandpa, Insidious:Chapter 3 and Scoot McNairy- Batman v Superman:Dawn of Justice, Bones_tv. This is a fast paced, dirty cop thriller that is a remake of a 2011 French movie called 'Sleepless Night'. Jamie plays the is-he-or-isn't- he a dirty cop, all in scenic Las Vegas. Michelle plays the Internal Affairs officer investigating him. The story starts with Jamie and his partner stealing drugs from a shipment going to bad guy, Dermot, a local casino owner. What they didn't know was Dermot was getting the drugs for an even badder bad guy, Scoot. Scoot is not to be messed with since his father is a big time mob boss and he is always trying to impress his Papa-one scene shows Scoot having his own cousin's tongue removed because the cousin had talked inappropriately to the wrong people. Dermot kidnaps Jamie's son as leverage to get Jamie to give the drugs back and then a cat & mouse game ensues with the action hitting the fan, the son getting free and then getting captured again, bullets flying everywhere, car chases through buildings, well, you get the idea. There is not much new here, as far as plot wise goes, but it is executed wonderfully. It's rated "R" for violence and language and has a running time of 1 hour & 35 minutes. I enjoyed it immensely and I would buy it on Blu-Ray.

Reviewed by drjgardner 13th January, 2017

Loud and Violent

Based on the coming attractions, I wasn't expecting much, and I got even less. This is another good cop/bad cop, is he or isn't he, kind of flick, set in Las Vegas with lots of glitz and glamour to hide what is a very shaky plot. If the glitz and glamour aren't enough to dazzle you, the music tracks will deafen you, and your visual delights will be satisfied with death by knife, death by pistol, death by automatic weapon, death by shotgun, death by truck, death by wine bottle - just to name a few. The acting is pretty good, all things considered, but the direction is appalling and the action-every-minute film has low spots. Generally I like films about internal affairs. "Internal Affairs" (1990), "The Departed" (2006) and "Q&A" (1990) are my favorites.