Sleep Tight Reviews
Review from Italy
The main plot is a man who claims himself to be physiologically incapable of happiness. His solution to the problem is to make everybody else in his close range miserable. Meaning the main character Cesar is hardly likeable nor understandable in his actions in my point of view. Particularly in how he treats Clara and the result of that. I had hopes for a good suspenseful spanish thriller, but was served with something that never really raised my pulse despite a general dark atmosphere. Maybe the suspense became too subtle and just vanished due to that. Luis Tosar was good as Cesar and the lovely Marta Etura was good as Clara despite her character´s difficulty of understanding what was happening. And there´s pot holes in the logic of the story as. I thought the action and behaviour of the young neighbour girl was just not logic. She simply felt too "adult" in her thinking and how she blackmailed Cesar. However, the psychological terror idea of having Cesar ending up underneath Clara´s bed each night is great horror material. "Sleep Tight" was not as good as I hoped it to be, and this story won´t haunt my sub conscience.
During watching this tightly wound thriller I became hugely impressed by its fine performances, great writing, and hugely intriguing premise. But once this makes its way into its final few chapters the true extent of the main characters' evil makes this a very hard film to have anything other than respect, but not one shred of fondness toward. This in fact may be the most horrible plot to any film I've ever seen. Early on you can compare the seedy doorman (a very good Luis Tosar) to The Simpsons' Moe Szyslak, but once things begin to get very dark that comparison isn't very funny. This is well worth tracking down, but be warned, it really isn't a typical Hollywood light and easy sit.
The climax is kind of peculiar and uncharacteristic, when contrasted beside the rest of the movie. For large chunks of the movie, he didn't seem overtly malevolent, just a bit obsessed.