In Review: The plot for Sleepless is a 'twisty-turny' thing, says our reviewer


Director: Baran bo Odar. 95mins. (15)

Thriller/Suspense/Film Noir
Rating: 2/5: -  fair, passes the time



Vincent (Jamie Foxx) is a Las Vegas cop who works undercover for Internal Affairs, along with his partner Sean (T.I.). But Sean is working with (and triple-crossing) a corrupt I.A. detective, who is protecting members of a notorious drug cartel. After Sean steals a shipment of cocaine, the cartel kidnap Vincent’s teenage son. Vincent has to go rogue to rescue him from the casino of mobster Rubino (Dermot Mulroney). I.A. Detective Bryant (Michelle Monaghan), who has long suspected Vincent of being dirty, goes to the casino to apprehend him, but places herself in danger.

Review, by Jason Day

Sleepless is a film that is more complicate to explain than it is to watch. It has a convoluted plot that, in the immortal words of Blackadder, twists and turns like a...twisty turny thing.
But to to discernible or discerning end as it isn't quite as clever as that simile. It soon becomes a very familiar and undemanding thing. Think of your standard police procedural TV series, one of the umpteen Law & Order programmes with a bit of Miami Vice (that also starred Jamie Foxx) mixed in.
With a wincingly poor script, the dialogue of which hangs on a 'theme' of repeated or mirrored dialogue and amateur, callow direction, the finished result comes across like a film production graduate's first feature effort.
Star Foxx looks uncomfortable and embarrassed, as well he should. For more, read the full review:
Cast & credits

Film Nation Entertainment/Open Road Films/Riverstone Productions/Vertigo Entertainment.
Producers: Roy Lee, Adam C. Stone.
Writer: Andrea Berloff.
Camera: Mihai Malaimare Jr.
Music: Michael Kamm.
Sets: Tim Grimes.
Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Scoot McNairy, Dermot Mulroney, T.I., David Harbour, Gabrielle Union, Octavius J. Johnson, Tim Connolly, Drew Sheer, Sala Baker.

Pic: Entertainment One