Don't judge a cop by his cover.
Jamie Foxx plays a devious Las Vegas police officer trying to evade fellow cops and crooks alike in Sleepless, a remake of the 2011 French thriller Sleepless Night (Nuit blanche).
In the course of a frantic single day and night, Foxx’s Vincent gets on the wrong side of Michelle Monaghan’s dogged Internal Affairs investigator, Dermot Mulroney’s crooked casino owner and Scoot McNairy’s psychopathic mobster, not to mention countless other thugs and heavies. He is stabbed and shot at, and his 16-year-old son (Octavius J Johnson) gets kidnapped, while a 25-kilo stash of cocaine goes in and out of hiding in ventilation shafts and lockers.
Of course, you’ll probably spot most of the twists coming. But the film’s relentless pace ensures the excitement rarely flags.
Certificate 15. Runtime 95 mins. Director Baran do Odar
Sleepless available on Blu-ray, DVD & Download from Monday 112 September from Entertainment One.
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A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.