3 items from 2015
Remember when we told you to see Frédéric Jardin’s exhilarating thriller Sleepless Night, but then you were all disappointed to learn that it’s a subtitled movie and said you’d wait for the remake? That was a few years ago, and to your credit there was actually a Hollywood version announced immediately following its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Well, if you’re growing tired of waiting, you will be glad to hear that the English-language remake is back on track after being dropped by Warner Bros. According to Variety, now the rights are at Open Road, which is happy to announce they’re producing the movie with Jamie Foxx and his Due Date costar Michelle Monaghan in lead roles. Foxx will play the (anti)hero (originally portrayed by Tomer Sisley), a corrupt cop who has to navigate a labyrinthine nightclub where his son is being held hostage by a crime boss. Not »
- Christopher Campbell
Director: Frederic Jardin
Running Time: 96 minutes
With Taken 3 having been released this week, perhaps it’s about time to revisit this awesome little French action thriller. Sleepless Night holds many of the same ingredients that made the Liam Neeson starrers so popular. Actually, Sleepless Night far excels its bigger budget equivalent with more interesting characters and a punchier pace.
Tomer Sisley plays a corrupt cop who steals a whole lot of cocaine. However, after making a few mistakes during the heist, the gangsters that have been ripped off decide to take the cop’s son. This leads to a Sleepless Night in which Vincent (Sisley) must traverse a dangerous nightclub which sees him running back and forth as he double crosses fellow cops, gangsters, and must use the resources at hand. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Stars: Tomer Sisley, Serge Riaboukine, Julien Boisselier, Joey Starr, Laurent Stocker, Birol Ünel, Lizzie Brocheré, Samy Seghir, Dominique Bettenfeld, Adel Bencherif, Catalina Denis, Pom Klementieff, Vincent Bersoulle, Olivier Massart | Written by Frédéric Jardin, Nicolas Saada, Olivier Douyère | Directed by Frédéric Jardin
A cop’s secret life is threatened to be exposed when he and his partner are seen stealing drugs from a powerful drug dealer. When his son is kidnapped and the drug dealer demands the return of what was stolen, the cop must figure out how to get the drugs into the right hands, protect his son and keep his secret from the other police officers who are on his tail. It looks as if it is going to be a long, sleepless night.
Sleepless Night shows us that French people can be badass too. Others have compared this film to Die Hard, which is understandable as there are many similarities. »
- Richard Axtell
3 items from 2015
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