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SLEEPLESS NIGHT tells the story of Vincent (Tomer Sisley, The Burma Conspiracy), a respected and dedicated police officer - or so it seems. After he and a colleague are recognized while stealing a massive bag of cocaine from drug dealers employed by local mob boss Marciano (Serge Riaboukine, Mondays in the Sun), Vincent quickly finds himself trapped in a situation that no parent would envy: His son has been kidnapped with the promise of execution if he doesn't immediately deliver the bag back to its rightful owner. Vincent heads to Marciano's nightclub on the outskirts of Paris to make the swap, but competing interests and misplaced loyalties soon threaten to complicate the exchange. The ensuing game of cat-and-mouse quickly spirals into madness, sprawling across every seedy back room and pulsating, claustrophobic inch of the crowded dance floor. With enemies on all sides and time working against him, the night to come might not only be the longest but also the last for Vincent and his young son.
- An Interview with the Cast of SLEEPLESS NIGHT, Presented by American Express
- In French with English Subtitles
"If the Oscars® added a category for Best Action Movie, it would be a shoo-in." --IFC News
"A brilliant, frenetic action film." --Indiewire
Top Customer Reviews
The movie starts out on familiar territory. A car chase and shoot-out results in the theft of a rather large bag of drugs. All is not how it would seem, however, as the major players have conflicting alliances. I won't divulge too much, part of the film's pleasure is how the revelations unfold as the action progresses. In the midst of the set-up, we're introduced to a local police officer played by Tomer Sisley. Sisley is in the middle of several rival factions, and his son is taken as a pawn to manipulate him. This leads all the key players to the aforementioned nightclub and this is where all bets are off. The pacing is fast, the scenarios are clever, and the staging is perfectly constructed.Read more ›
The hero, the dirty cop and the dirtier cop, the villain, are almost super humans. Another guy would have broken his back by falling on the steps, but not here. The villain is some kind of a super human, who keeps coming back more energetic after every beating.
It could have been a great movie, but sadly, it was not.
Marciano abducts Vincent's 15 year old son, Thomas (Samy Seghir)and holds him for ransom. The rest of the movie takes place in a suburban Paris nightclub run by Marciano. It seems Vincent is also being watched by a pair of police internal affairs officers. Vincent attempts to return the satchel of cocaine, but through a well-orchestrated series of events, it is misplaced.
Beautifully directed by Frederic Jardin, this low-budget film is full of action, tension and hand-to-hand combat within the confines of the packed club. There are a couple twists included to keep it all interesting, but in the end it's hard not to root for Vincent's relentless effort to rescue his son. Terrific film.
Honestly, there is nothing in the film that you have not seen before: drug heist, a club owner and kingpin, double-crossing and extended hand-to-hand combat sequences. Vincent's plan to take back his captive son goes wrong when a third party steps in. The strength of the film lies in the skills and confidence of the director, who will not give us time to dwell on how implausible the film's entire storyline is.
Like another French thriller "Pour elle" (basis of Russell Crowe's "The Next Three Days"), "Sleepless Night" requires us to accept the premise that is intriguing but contrived, but it is hard to resist the well-told story of a father willing to do anything for his son. "Sleepless Night" is ten minutes too long, with a slightly drawn-out final act where things wrap up too neatly, but the film is a thrilling ride nonetheless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
French cop Vincent (Tomer Sisley) and his partner kick off this film by stealing a cocaine haul from a crime kingpin, they intend to sell it themselves for personal gain. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tommy Dooley
Excellent. One of the best French thrillers that I've seen in years. It will keep you on edge throughout the movie. Keep your eyes open for a sequel.Published 13 months ago by AZ21412
This film is an adrenalin rush, 80% one location, handheld camera, ultra-violent thrilling ride. German born to Israeli parents of Russian and Yemenite origins Arab looking Tomer... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jon Stevens
not really my style wrong language it was okayPublished 18 months ago by TELLING THE TRUTH EVEN IF IT HURTS
It was suspenseful, very interesting, and with great fight scenes. Most of all it was not a predictable bad vs good guys story. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Levi H. Noir
Love anything Amazon...started watching Toper SIsly with Heir Apparent and really would like to see anything he does as a movie as he is great and I know people will love him as an... Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by Carolyn L. Puccini