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A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld scours a nightclub in search of his kidnapped son.

Director:

Baran bo Odar

Writers:

Andrea Berloff (screenplay by), Frédéric Jardin (based on the film "Nuit blanche" written by) (as Frederic Jardin) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Foxx ... Vincent
Michelle Monaghan ... Bryant
Scoot McNairy ... Novak
Dermot Mulroney ... Rubino
T.I. ... Sean (as Tip 'T.I.' Harris)
David Harbour ... Dennison
Gabrielle Union ... Dena
Octavius J. Johnson ... Thomas
Tim Connolly ... McFerrin
Drew Sheer ... Anderson
Sala Baker ... Benik
Tim Rigby Tim Rigby ... Larry
Elijah Everett ... Bathroom Attendant
Tess Malis Kincaid ... Demanding New Yorker
Steve Coulter ... Frazzled Concierge
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Storyline

Undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs finds himself trapped in a web of corrupt cops, internal affairs and violent gangsters. When a failed heist leads to the kidnapping of his son, Downs must race against time during an intense and restless night to save him and bring the criminals to justice.

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Taglines:

Don't judge a cop by his cover.

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleepless Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,468,787, 13 January 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,757,977, 3 March 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,413,596, 27 January 2017
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jamie Foxx and Gabrielle Union co-starred together in Breakin' All the Rules (2004). See more »

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The scene were David Harbour and Jamie Fox are fighting in the spa. They both fall in the spa while still fighting and shortly after this they both get calls on their cell phones. Jamie's character even looks at the ringing phone and it is still wet. The chances of both phone working would be next to none. See more »

Quotes

Sean: They said it was just gonna be a easy grab.
Vincent: Well, it ain't no easy grab, they got T!
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Soundtracks

Smokin & Drinkin
Performed by Danny Brown
Written by Danny Brown (as Daniel Sewell), Jeremy Coleman (as Jeremy Michael Coleman), A-Trak (as Alain Macklovitch)
Courtesy of Fool's Gold Records, by arrangement with the Greater Goods Co.
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A potentially good 'B' movie undone.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 came up with the oft used quote that "there is nothing new under the sun". "Sleepless" proves that in spades.

  • Bent copper drama? Check.


  • Dodgy casino owner? Check.


  • Nasty "Black Rain" style hoodlum? Check.


  • Kidnapped teen ("I WILL find you")? Check.


  • Misunderstood family man? Check.


All of these standard tropes are lobbed into the movie blender and pulsed well.

Holding it all together are solid performances from Jamie Foxx ("Django Unchained") as Vincent Downs, the cop with a dodgy background, and Michelle Monaghan ("Source Code", "Patriot's Day") as the internal affairs cop doggedly on his trail.

In terms of the storyline it's best to go into the film (as I did) with limited knowledge of the plot (on which more below). As the film opens, and playing out a strong anti-hero role, Downs with his equally dodgy partner are involved in a shootout at a drug deal in the streets of Las Vegas. This allows them to get their hands on a significant quantity of heroine. Naturally they pocket this, but unbeknownst to them the deal was between casino boss Rubino (Dermot Mulrooney, "The Grey") and the vicious mafia son of the local Novak family, Rob (Scoot McNairy, "Argo"). For Downs the pressure is on when his teenage son Thomas ( Octavius J. Johnson) is kidnapped as a trade for the drugs.

The film delivers some good fight scenes and action, but nothing we haven't seen before in countless other movies like Bourne. What drags the film down though through is the scripting and direction. There are such a range of implausibilities on show here that it makes you wonder why anyone involved in the film didn't just stop and say "WAIT A MINUTE HERE GUYS" and demand a rewrite.

For example, Foxx suffers a severe knife wound early in the film, but repeatedly bounces from 'full action hero fighting machine' mode to 'staggering and holding his side' mode without pause. The wound adds nothing but implausibility to the action, so why include it at all??

And a scene in an underground car park involving copious quantities of tear gas brought tears of embarrassment to my eyes: an affliction that didn't seem to affect any of the protagonists in the film!

This is a great shame, and writer Andrea Berloff ("Straight Outta Compton") and Swiss-born director Baran bo Odar should have more respect for their audience's intelligence (that's the third movie in recent weeks I've made that comment on... it must be the time of year!).

It's also extremely irritating that one of the key twists in the movie (although you may guess it) is so blatantly spoiled: both by an audio line in the trailer (at 1:40) and – more appallingly – by one of the two straplines for the film on the posters. Thankfully I never noticed this before I saw the film.

Fox and Monaghan are too good for the material but have screen chemistry that keeps the film watchable. I also thought Scoot McNairy was great as the cold-eyed crazy hoodlum and it's also interesting to see Dermot Mulrooney, so memorable as the male lead in 1997's "My Best Friend's Wedding", back in a mainstream role.

By the way, I have no idea why the film is called "Sleepless", other than it being based on a 2011 French film called "Nuit Blanche" which was perhaps written in a way where it made more sense. Vincent is no Jack Bauer and he gets more than a small opportunity to catnap during the running time!

In summary, the movie is perfectly watchable for its action moments. In fact, as I *think* my wife, who is a great fan of "Die Hard, "Taken", et al would like it I've added a star to my initial rating. And it's done with some style such that it has the *potential* to be a good film – – which is frustrating. But in my view it's not worth the ticket price at the cinema: wait instead for it to arrive on Amazon/Netflix.

The end of the film suggests a set-up for a sequel. I doubt this is a sequel that will ever get made.

(For the graphical version of this review, please visit bob-the-movie- man.com. Thanks).


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