Action...THRILLS....EXCITING GUNFIGHTS....this film doesn't have these things although it will attempt to lure you in that way. If you enjoy a film with massive clichés, boring fight sequences and not-at-all scary bad guys than this is your lucky day! But your time would be better spent cutting your lawn with dull toenail clippers! I wish there were more ways that I could disparage this thing because 90 of the 95 minutes I spent thinking, "Oh yeah, it's about to get good now!!" Yeah, it didn't. Jaime Foxx (Vincent Downs) was stabbed in the ribs and had his son kidnapped very, very early on; we're talking maybe 15 mins in. This happens after he steals the wrong guy's 25 kilos of cocaine. He spends the next 80 plus minutes running at full speed, fighting (and even throwing) multiple people, more running and jumping, then he ran and fought a bit. Meanwhile he's being chased by Michelle Monaghan (Jennifer Bryant) because she now knows he's a dirty cop. But what's this? He's undercover?! The only cop in the precinct dressed like he's G'd up from the feet up is undercover? That almost got passed me. Now he's in a fight between a Vegas hotel owner, an outside gangster and....you know what? Just never mind...it's garbage and I'm done talking about it. Hopefully the podcast "How Did This Get Made?" will feature this film soon! Where's my nail clippers?
Better than Bond. Better than Taken. My favorite non-stop adrenaline pumping amazing f**** action movie I've seen since XXX. 5 stars!!!
The plot follows Las Vegas policeman Vincent (Jamie Foxx) and his partner Sean (T.I.) stealing cocaine from Stanley (Dermot Mulroney) who runs a casino. Stanley is supposed to deliver the drugs to the mob boss's son Rob (Scoot McNairy). Vincent is trying to avoid the internal affairs led by Jennifer (Michelle Monaghan) and her partner Doug (David Harbour) from investigating about the cocaine robbery. While Stanley sends his man to go kidnap Vincent's son and hold for ransom until he can give him his drugs back before the mob boss son arrives.
The plot was all over the place using the same predictable ideas with characters being undercover, some dirty cops that work for the mob boss, a shady casino owner, and a father who is struggling on a healthy relationship with his family. As the teen son is distant and his ex wife who is supposedly engaged to another. The movie is kept into fast paced gear when Vincent's son is kidnapped and he is running around the casino fighting Stanley's goons and running away. All this can be repetitive which makes the movie kind of dumb. Vincent and his son trying to escape, but gets caught up with fighting a guy in the kitchen. Escapes again, and trying to hide in the crowd at the club. Bad guy captures son again and it goes for a repeat. Its nevertheless boring. It has some decent fight sequences and an okay underground garage shootout.
The editing and directing could have been better. Editing the scenes with the fight sequences were quick cuts. The script was cliché with a predictable plot. Easily pointing out whom the dirty cop is when they show up on screen and they are not revealed until the last act of the movie.
Jamie Foxx gave a flat tedious performance. Can't say he is a great actor either. Must be an easy cash grab for this movie. Michelle Monaghan was decent at least. Dermot Mulroney was dull as the shady casino owner. David Harbour did not have much to work with in the script. T.I. had a minimum amount of screen time but was also a flat performance. Same with Gabrielle Union and her stale performance. Scoot McNairy was at least at his best, playing an entrepreneur for his father's organization and at times menacing.
Overall, Sleepless is a fair action crime film that has some cheap poorly edited action in a dull plot and boring performances. I ll recommend the film as a rental, if your looking for some cheap action movie.