11 May 2012 11:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

There's a reason we picked the French thriller "Sleepless Night" as one of the 10 best movies to play at this year's Tribeca Film Festival: It puts its American counterparts to shame.

When's the last time you saw a truly great American action film that didn't feature a single superhero, or one that wasn't animated (we're looking at you "Kung Fu Panda")? Not so easy to come up with one, right?

"The Raid: Redemption" was the last action movie to soar to great heights, and that came to us courtesy of Indonesia. Now we have the French to thank for shaking up the genre with one of the most breathless thrillers to come along in ages, the aptly titled "Sleepless Night."

Directed by the kinetically gifted Frédéric Jardin, "Sleepless Night" centers on a seemingly corrupt cop Vincent (Tomer Sisley), whose attempt to steal a bag of coke pisses of the resident kingpin. »

- Nigel Smith

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