Directing oneself. The perks of doing everything yourself when you can’t afford an actor or a crew.
"You can’t remember your lives. You can’t change your lives. And that is the terrible and secret fate of all life. You’re trapped, like a nightmare you keep waking up to."
"Death created time to grow the things for it to kill"
"Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer."
Sleepless Night (2011) - Movie Review
The movie kicks off with a slick road heist, which goes bad when a man is killed but nevertheless the robbers get their stash. We soon learn that the men who pulled off the drug heist are actually cops. One of them, Vincent, gets a call during the day at his work and discovers his son has been kidnapped by the very mobster he stole from. He is told to bring back the drugs he stole or he will never see his son. Like any desperate father, Vincent grabs the stash, after a heated argument with his partner in crime, and dashes off to the mobster’s nightclub. What was supposed to be a simple exchange of drugs for his son soon turns into one endless night of chases, mayhem, violence and fight for both his life and his son’s.
Sleepless Night is one hell of an edge of your seat, nail biting, breathless action thriller that once begins, doesn’t let go until the very end. The middle part is the strongest and features one of the most intense chases and action scenes I’ve come across recently. Shot with a raw, gritty, bare bones hand held style, which adds to the tense action, this truly is one of the best action movies to come out in some time. A Hollywood remake won’t be far but do yourself a favour and watch this one while you can. Why this movie didn’t get a wider international release is beyond me but this is one heck of a fast paced thriller that delivers the goods and satisfies. Turns out the French not only make great art movies, they know how to make solid action flicks too.
Tomer Sisley has definitely grown on me and leaves many Hollywood stars behind when it comes to dashing leading men. This, with his turn in Largo Winch, proves he’s got action hero material, with a touch of good acting. He handles the action scenes effortlessly but in the dramatic moments he surprises the most. The director keeps the action moving at a brisk pace and just keeps you on the edge, employing free, loose and dizzying hand held cinematography that for once isn’t distracting or annoying but actually heightens the impact of the action. Squeezing us through a crowded club, where most of the gripping foot chases take place, the filmmakers come up with clever ways to keep the tension high while navigating within a night club. A decent story, a good premise and a solid setup leads to a thrilling night at a bar that never seems to end for its characters but for us it’s a treat, with a very satisfying conclusion. This is Die Hard in a night club. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
I give it 3.5/5✩ with a solid B