Reviews: SLEEPLESS NIGHT

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

 

This frenetic and intense thriller constantly had me on the edge of my seat.  The film follows one crazy day and night in the life of a narcotics detective who gets mixed up in a drug theft gone really wrong.  Vincent (Tomer Sisley) and Manuel (Laurent Stocker) decide to take a huge chance when they see the opportunity to score a shipment of cocaine.  During the heist, witnesses manage to recognize and identify Vincent and this information gets back to the source, crime boss and nightclub proprietor, Jose Marciano (Serge Riaboukine).  Marciano sends out his soldiers to kidnap Vincent’s son Thomas (Samy Seghir) and hold him in a room in the nightclub until Vincent returns their stash.  In the meantime, Manuel aims to stop Vincent as he hopes to sell the drugs for some unpaid debts.  This and some internal affairs officers on Vincent’s trail complicate matters further making for a long and painful night.

 This movie which played to much acclaim at the 2011 Fantastic Fest and this year’s Tribeca Film Festival really delivers the goods when it comes to suspense, thrills, and action.  Written by Frederic Jardin, Nicolas Saada, Olivier Douyiere, and directed by Jardin, Sleepless Night deserves all of the positive buzz and praise it has received.  I remember reading about this movie during Fantastic Fest, but sadly had forgotten about it, until I received the invitation to review it.  I must highly encourage people to see it if given the opportunity to watch it.  Jardin, along with his cast and crew, will offer audience two solid hours of nail biting tension, and pulse racing scenes.  Jardin and his crew do some outstanding work filming the scenes in the night club, allowing the audience to feel packed with the crowds, along with the pain, emotions, and exhaustion Vincent endures.  Tomer Sisley does some breathtaking work here as a father, desperate to get his son back and regretful for the situation he has gotten them in.  

The film is in French with English subtitles and available currently through Video on Demand. It will have a limited theatrical release in NYC and Austin, TX (Alamo Drafthouse) on May 11.  Go see the movie that people and critics, including this one, are praising.  It certainly is one hell of a ride.

 

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