Movie Review - Sleepless (2017)
Jamie Foxx (Collateral and Ray) plays Vincent Downs, a detective with the Las Vegas Police Department. He and his partner steal 25 kilos of drugs from a drug dealer who runs a casino. That casino owner somehow finds out who Vincent is and kidnaps Vincent's son, Thomas. The casino owner then holds Thomas hostage and threatens Vincent to return the drugs he stole. Vincent loses the drugs and has to get Thomas back without them. Thus begins a lot of foot chases and hand-to-hand fights, as Vincent has to get his son and escape the casino without getting killed.
In the original film, the reason Vincent has to go through all this is because he's a corrupt cop and he can't ask for help. In this movie, it's revealed that Vincent isn't corrupt. He's only pretending to be corrupt. He claims to be undercover, which could be a lie that the movie juggles but it turns out to be true. If that's the case, then nothing Vincent does makes sense. It's not as if he needs the drugs for money, so why wouldn't he just stop and call for help?
The screenplay by Andrea Berloff undermines the premise in significant ways. Instead of coming up with different or more inventive, action scenes, the movie attempts to recreate the same action from the first, including the infamous kitchen scene. Unfortunately, the direction by Baran bo Odar doesn't do it justice, especially if you've seen the original. There is a final action scene, which only ramps up the preposterous nature of the whole thing, but by then it's a bit of a letdown.
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 35 mins.