Crime Thrillers seem to be the rage this weekend, as this is my third movie with the genre tag to review. My latest review is on Sleepless starring Jamie Foxx. From the trailers, this film looks like a mash up of Triple 9 with Taken, and perhaps with a lower budget. Can the man of many talents make this movie, or is it just another knock off meant to take our money. Robbie K here and as always please read on for my input on the latest films to hit the silver screen.
- Complicated Crime Story
- Michelle Monaghan’s dynamic character
Summary: For those worrying about this being another mindless action flick, you have nothing to worry about. Sleepless is more convoluted relationships and chasing rabbit holes than anything else. Much of the story centers on trying to uncover the truth behind a massive drug dispensing ring and who the true leader is. There is not much more I can say past this simplistic plot, but this predictable theme remains constant throughout the entire tale. In fact, the only good thing past this simplicity is Michelle Monaghan’s character, a very passionate (and obsessive) cop caught between a lot of rocks and hard places. Her fiery determination, single minded sense of justice, and act first ask later attitude adds the needed excitement to this otherwise bland tale. And the movie is surprisingly humorous, though how much is on purpose vs. accidental remains to be seen. Much of the movie has very “silly” moments that had me laughing by how cheesy and out of place it was (e.g. random people showing up, surprisingly bright dealers forgetting to check things, and a seemingly endless supply of ammunition). These ridiculous notions made a targeted serious movie, end up an indirect comedy for this reviewer.
- Gets stale quickly
- Dropped concepts that don’t work
- Action nothing like Taken
- Lacked a uniform direction
Summary: As I mentioned earlier, Sleepless main theme is walking around a casino trying to find the goods. This endless game of hide and go seek the drug got old fast, as a giant bag full of cocaine continued to disappear despite all the high technology and hired help. Watching Foxx and the rest of the cast go in endless circles lost its entertainment value quickly, and lacked very little suspense. In addition, much of the concepts they highlighted in the trailers did not last long in this movie, which was very disappointing to say the least. The whole kidnap the kid and try to find him was over in five minutes, and the rest of the drama was very lackluster compared to the other films I saw this weekend. An even bigger disappointment was the lack of real action in this movie, a big selling point promoted in the trailers. Surprise, surprise, the action is diluted down to a few staged fist fights and a little shoot out that won’t be high on the most thrilling fights list. For this reviewer, all these shortcomings came from what seemed a lack of direction in what type of movie they wanted. Instead of an epic action movie with a crime theme, we got a circular tale where nothing was really accomplished until the final ten minutes. This my friends is the biggest shortcoming of the film, and the missed potential it held.
Sleepless certainly doesn’t live up to its name, as I found myself fighting sleep from the boredom I had watching this tale. Outside a convoluted crime ring, and some humorous antics, this movie did not deliver the thrills it set its sights on. If you’re looking for a gory, adventure where we walk around a fancy casino, then check this movie out, but this reviewer encourages you to save the time (and money) by skipping this movie. I can maybe suggest if for Netflix, but even that is a bit of a stretch for this movie for me.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 4.0