DVD Review: “Sleepless” (2017)

“Sleepless” (2017)



Running Time: 96 minutes

Written by: Andrea Berloff

Directed by: Baran bo Odar

Featuring:  Jamie Foxxand T.I., Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney, David Harbour, Gabrielle Union and Scoot McNairy

This film is a remake in all but name – the first one was at least set overnight hence the title – the only positive thing to say about this is that the laughter it will generate form an audience will keep them ‘Sleepless’. This film is about as dull as well as being completely identical to any other good cop gone bad then back again film out there – I mean there is an entire industry around these movies, some have good actors and directors others have terrible actors as well as terrible directors. This one is somewhere in the middle, its unfortunate the laughable plot, terrible pacing, unbelievable locations, props and scenery as well as the awful characterizations make it something worth missing – you should be proud to say “I did not see this movie’.

The film is set in Las Vegas, vice LVMPD policemen Vincent Downs and Sean Cass rob a shipment of cocaine belonging to entrepreneur Stanley Rubino, who is associated with mobster Rob Novak, the son of a powerful mob boss. They volunteer to investigate the robbery in order to cover up their involvement, clashing with Internal Affairs investigators Jennifer Bryant and Doug Dennison, who are suspicious of their involvement. Unbeknownst to them, Vincent is undercover on behalf of Internal Affairs to dismantle the crime ring within the police department, which has left him estranged from his ex-wife Dena and their son, Thomas.

While driving Thomas to soccer practice, Vincent is ambushed by Rubino’s men, who stab him in the abdomen and kidnap Thomas, demanding the stolen cocaine back in exchange for Thomas’s life.

Its hard to believe that the writer of this film was nominated for an Oscar a little under two years ago because this film has not been thought out well at all. There are plot holes, times shifts and logical jumps that make little or no sense at all. The way in which characters jump from once scene to anther as well at where they end up at the end of the film makes you wonder if this was an actual exercise to discover how stupid the studio thinks the audience is. I wont go into too much detail incase you watch this film at some point – but really you need to give this film a miss, maybe watch a great crime film like “Heat” (1997) and remember there are specialists who are great at these kinds of movies.

One of aspects of film making that should be invisible and any movie, like this one, that takes place at so few locations should be able to nail its mise en scène to the all, so it’s a wonder that almost every set in this film looks so underwhelming and fake. The sets are awful and the casino that is represented has to be one of the low brow ones I have ever seen in film. I would be frankly embarrassed to go to the casino in this film – I mean it looks terrible – as well as the nightclub that is surrounded by some kind of black curtain – it wouldn’t look good in a comedy let alone a film with this cast.

How this movie could get the attention let alone get the cast that is in this film is a mystery to me, everyone is wasted here. The only actor that seems to know the trouble they are in is Scoot McNairy playing the villain of the piece who is not only marginally camp but plays up the villainy to ten, just so he stands out. The rest of the cast seem to be in a different film where every plot point can be seem a mile off, yet is played like it is original. In fact this is the least original film I have see this year, and I watched “Rings” (2017).

Sequels. If you do manage to see this movie and make it all the way to the ‘ending’, you will notice that it sets up the possibility of a sequel.

Do yourself a favor and avoid this film as much as possible, I would not even stream it if that was option. Avoid at all costs.

Released on DVD & Blu-ray on 24 May 2017.

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