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Argentians rejoice! The master has not lost his touch.
This terrific return to the giallo horror genre by the great Dario Argento is better than you may have heard!
Elderly detective teams up with the son of an old murder victim to find the elusive night killer that is now striking again years later.
Over the course of the 90's, Dario Argento seemed to be moving away from his artsy, old-school style of horror for more modernized thrillers. This of course became disappointing to Argento's numerous fans, but Non ho sonno a.k.a. Sleepless is a return to the great giallo thrillers that Argento became famous for. It's a film that is quite reminiscent of his classics, such as Deep Red (1975), Tenebre (1982), and Opera (1987), and that's a good thing for us fans. Argento uses his usual unique direction, along with Ronnie Taylor's great cinematography, to build a suspenseful and atmospheric thriller. The story is an intriguing mystery that takes some nice twists and turns, and delivers some horrific (and bloody) murder sequences. Adding all the more to the atmosphere of the film is the gorgeous music score by long-time Argento collaborates Goblin.
The cast isn't half bad. Star Max von Sydow steals the show with his wonderful performance as the elderly detective. Stefano Dionisi is strong, yet reserved in his role. Roberto Zibetti does a nice turn as Dionisi's dear friend. Gabriele Lavia, who also appeared in Argento's Deep Red and Inferno (1980), does well as Zibetti's snooty father.
Despite some critical hounding, I for one thought this was an excellent thriller and I love Argento's films as much as anyone. Recommended, especially for my fellow Argentians, but beware edited versions of the film.
*** 1/2 out of ****
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