Director: Baran bo Odar
Writers: Andrea Berloff (screenplay by), Frédéric Jardin (based on the film “Nuit blanche” written by) (as Frederic Jardin)
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney
Plot: A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld scours a nightclub in search of his kidnapped son.
Running Time: 95 Minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics 23% Audience 38%
Why I Watched It: It was on sale at itunes for $1.99 and I had heard it was real bad so I wanted to see for myself and boy did I.
Random Thoughts: Now in all my reviews I either give the IMDB score of a film or the Rotten Tomatoes score, I prefer RT cause it has critics and audience and I also feel the IMDB scores can get a little iffy, Sleepless is just that case it’s IMDB score is 5.6, that’s audience and that’s a big difference from 38%, now take it with a grain of salt but in my experience RT is closer to what I rate the films.
Another rant I don’t believe in the “film that’s so bad it’s good” a bad film is a bad film now some can be entertaining I view them as cinematic trainwrecks, you begin to laugh at the pure stupidity of the film, spoiler Sleepless is one of those films.
What I Liked: This film is a mess pure and simple and really besides that there isn’t a lot to like, I like Michelle Monaghan a lot she’s a very good actress and very likable and she really tries here and yes she is on the best things in the movie. Dermot Mulroney is good here he knows what movie he’s in.
Jamie Foxx does try here but he’s more of a presence here, the script undermines everyone but Foxx is trying to be Denzel here and it doesn’t work but in the right action film Foxx is fine.
What I Didn’t Like: Man this script is bad, the film is so dumb it’s mind boggling, but almost everything across the board is bad, really bad directing, terrible editing, this film does feel like it got stripped down you can tell this was suppose to be a longer film. They tried to focus on the action scenes and not only are they boring but they’re filmed like crap.
The main villain is played by Scoot McNairy and boy does he give a bad performance, he’s trying so hard to be cool and bad it’s funny, he’s a cliche and he thinks he’s cool, he tries the deep cool voice, the whole nine yards and it’s just cheesy goodness but in a bad way. Poor David Harbour, thank God Stranger Things have saved him from movies like this, it might not stop him from being in them but he’ll make more money. I think I’ve seen him in this same role three times, he’s fine but he’s a plot point that’s it not a character.
The sad thing is if you’ve seen the trailer they give everything away but to be fair all these twists are so cliched you see everything coming a mile away, this was a cliched cop movie in the late 80′s. The film seems like a rudderless ship, no one clearly in charge, no clear plan. This was meant to be a vehicle for Jamie Foxx but it still could have been good. There’s one scene so dumb I have to tell you about it, so the big finale, that by the way goes on for ever, it takes place in a parking garage for a Vegas Casino, so the bad guys use tear gas, think about it, there is so many dumb things about it that you have to marvel no one said anything.
Final Thoughts: A really badly made film, this was just one misstep after the other, only really talented people could make this big of a mess and still get released.