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Sleepless: What You Need To Know
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Sleepless: What You Need To Know

Frédéric Jardin's 2011 French-language thriller Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night) combined the kidnap narrative of Taken with the high-octane action of a Die Hard film and the frenetic, clock-watching pace of 24, earning plenty of positive reviews in the process.

Now Jardin's movie has been given the Hollywood remake treatment and the resulting film, Sleepless, arrives in stores this week. Here's everything you need to know...

 

Who's in it?

Jamie Foxx headlines a cast that includes Michelle Monaghan, Gabrielle Union, Scoot McNairy, Dermot Mulroney, rapper T.I. and Stranger Things star David Harbour.

 

And who's directing?

Swiss director Baron bo Odar takes the reins for this fast-paced thriller. His previous films include the eerie crime drama The Silence and the well-reviewed hacking thriller Who Am I? Odar works from a script adapted from Jardin's story by Blood Father and Straight Outta Compton writer Andrea Berloff.

 

What's the plot?

Foxx plays Vincent Downes, a Las Vegas cop who is persuaded by his crooked partner Cass (T.I.) to help him steal a shipment of cocaine they think belongs to casino boss Stanley Rubino (Mulroney), only to discover the drugs were earmarked for a shipment to Rob Novak (McNairy), the son of a notorious crime boss. When an investigation is launched into the robbery, Vincent and Cass volunteer to take on the case to cover up their involvement, arousing the suspicions of two Internal Affairs investigators, Jennifer Bryant (Monaghan) and Doug Dennison (Harbour).

Things then take a drastic turn when Vincent's car is ambushed by Rubino's men while he is driving his teenage son Thomas to soccer practice, stabbing Vincent and kidnapping his son. Vincent is then issued an ultimatum: return the drugs, or his son dies.

Vincent retrieves the drugs and makes his way to the casino, hiding the duffel bag containing the cocaine in a ventilation shaft while he heads to meet Novak and Rubino to make sure his son is still alive. But unbeknownst to him, Bryant has followed him to the casino and, now convinced that Downes is crooked, moves the drugs to a new hiding place in the ladies bathroom. Vincent is subsequently forced to improvise, trying to pass off a bag of sugar as cocaine to get his sone back, but the ruse is rumbled and the gangsters attempt to re-kidnap his son.

Still injured and with Internal Affairs closing in, Vincent doesn't know who to trust and sets out to get his son back while trying to escape the clutches of Bryant and Dennison.

 

Does it deliver?

The fact that Jardin's film is only six years old didn't dissuade the filmmakers that an English-language version was due, but despite this Odar's film doesn't actually change a whole lot. The single setting is transplanted from a nightclub to Rubino's casino in this instance, which does provide a wider variety of settings for the various Bourne-esque hand-to-hand combat scenes, but also impacts the sense of claustrophobic tension present in the original.

Foxx delivers a predictably impressive performance in the starring role, even if his character is weighed down by a few too many maverick-cop cliches, and while you shouldn't expect anything groundbreaking from Sleepless it's worth a look if you've enjoyed films like Training Day or Taken, or even if the idea of reading subtitles put you off watching Jardin's original. You can find a trailer for Sleepless below...

 

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