Sleepless Review

As I sail the world of film, occasionally pausing to watch the latest superblockbuster fling itself gladly upon the coral reef of mediocrity  it heartens me to see the occasional, smaller films still set sail for the local multiplex.

And all the signs look promising, which immediately got my back up.

It’s low budget which means that the studios would have pretty much left it alone as, who cares if a 30 million dollar film grosses only 28.7 million and holds 18% on Rotten Tomatoes?

No. Bad critic! Focus on your opinion and yours alone and you should love this film.

I mean it stars Jaimie Foxx who I’ve liked ever since I saw in him in his Oscar winning turn in Ray, which came out in.. 2004? Christ i’m getting old.  Since then he’s been in Stealth ( one of the biggest box office bombs in history), the franchise ending Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the abominable Annie remake back in 2014. On the other hand he was in Django Unchained and i’ve always had a soft spot for Collateral given that the subtitles are on and never turned off.

I’ll mark him down as ‘wasting his talent/my time.

And this film looks pretty solid, a cop with a connection to the criminal underworld scours a casino in search of his kidnapped son, whilst his kidnapper needs something from him and his boss needs something from him and Internal Affairs is after the lot of them and everyone’s on the clock and you can’t trust anyone and why didn’t I love this film?

Solid cast, solid plot with plenty of opportunities for being a distracting diversion, except someone forgot to bring the action.

Yeah, for a film which is screaming out to be a Die Hard clone with a bit of Taken thrown in and with multiple people at multiple levels of society all being squeezed by the relentless march of time the action was pretty tragic. What few gunfights the film had were boring, the fight choreography sucked, there were too many characters, none of whom I cared about, oh, and the film didn’t have the courage of it’s convictions.

Seriously, the film needed to streamline it’s plot, not have the obvious twist be so obvious and it needed a hero who could be injured. I mean Foxx’s character does receive a stab wound early on, which needs constant attention through the film but has as much effect as a shaving cut most of the time.

But it needed more action, it needed better fewer, better characters and it needed better lighting as well, at times I thought I was in a screening of a slightly muffled script run-through than an actual screening of an actual film.

Oh and sequel baiting? That’s just cute.

Skip this and watch Free Fire, Taken or Die Hard.



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