A not-entirely flawless genre title that nonetheless succeeds thanks to its story and actors...
| Original Score: B-
The great F. Scott Fitzgerald once said 'action is character' and by this notion, Vincent is a goddamn great character.
| Original Score: 5/5
The old comedian's adage 'If they buy the set-up, they buy the gag' is particularly pertinent to the grandly implausible premise of Sleepless Night, Frederic Jardin's frantic action-thriller.
The plot is clever yet breathtakingly simple, the action is relentless but logical, and the lead role is tailor-made for Hollywood's A-list action stars.
| Original Score: 3/4
The majority of this accomplished action flick takes place in one location on one crazy night and the result is a more intense, visceral experience than a vast majority of the Hollywood blockbusters you could see this Summer movie season.
| Original Score: 4.0/5.0
The story is loaded with implausibilities, but it moves so quickly you won't have long to dwell on them, and there are a number of neatly executed reversals.
It's fast, lean, satisfying, and forgettable; nothing special, really, until you realize that the movies have largely lost the knack for brisk mayhem like this.
Kind of like Oliver Stone's Savages or French director Fred Cavayť's Point Blank, but without the nonsense.
Sleepless Night is lean to the edge of emaciated with logic wobbles best not lingered on, but Jardin's control of tempo and tone is crackerjack.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The sort of stripped-down, Francophone picture that's been spoiling American action fans over the last few years. There are no Cuisinarted fight scenes, no pauses for awkward romantic subplots.
This tense French thriller never goes anywhere new, but nonetheless keeps up an admirable adrenaline kick till the end.
| Original Score: 3/5
Greyhound-lean and adrenaline-dazed, Sleepless Night keeps up a relentless pace once it arrives at its main location.
| Original Score: B
Jardin ... brings a restless intelligence and disciplined glee to Sleepless Night that far surpasses its cinematic influences.
An American remake is already being prepped. We suggest Hollywood simply cries uncle now and calls it a day.
| Original Score: 4/5
Despite the ongoing momentum, Sleepless Night never loses touch with its story.
| Original Score: A
A frenetic French action film that will either get your heart or your head pounding. This is a relentless genre exercise, both exhilarating and exhausting.
There's no mistaking Jardin's playful mastery of the Hollywood-style action aesthetic; his movie starts in high gear and accelerates steadily from there.
Full-tilt French crime film weaves multiple threads of cat-and-mouse through the labyrinthine innards of a big nightclub.
It's a strong movie overall, and I think audiences here should get a chance to see the original before the inevitable sequel is released.
| Original Score: B+