Wisconsin Film Fest: No good guys in ‘Sleepless Night’
Andreas, Clarion staff
April 25, 2012
Filed under Arts & Culture
“Sleepless Night” is a French action and thriller movie that takes place in Paris. The screenplay for the 2011 movie was directed by Frederic Jardin. He begins with the main character (Tomer Sisley,) a cop who robbed 10 kilos of cocaine in the early morning on the streets of Paris from the henchmen of Jose Marciano (Serge Riaboukine.) The movie is stunning with great action and execution.
Vincent and his partner, Manuel (Laurent Stocker) are two corrupt cops who stole a bag of cocaine from two drug carriers. A drug heist goes wrong with one of the carriers in the vehicle being shot, but another one escapes and gets a glimpse of their unmasked faces. Both Vincent and Manuel are seen by one of the men of a powerful nightclub owner, named Marciano. This man knows Vincent’s son, Thomas (Samy Seghir) which then, kidnaps Thomas to reclaim the stolen property and demands the exchange at Marciano’s place, Le Tarmac.
Le Tarmac, Marciano’s extravagant nightclub, is the majority setting of Sleepless Night. In this place, Vincent attempts to get his son out alive. Moreover, Marciano tells Vincent the cocaine must be returned to his club by the end of the night.
Vincent brings the goods and enters Le Tarmac. Incidentally he’s being tailed by Internal Affairs Police, Vignali (Lizzie Brochere) and Lacombe (Julien Boisselier.) Anticipating not being killed in the exchange, Vincent takes one pack of cocaine and hides the rest of it in the dropped-ceiling of the men’s restroom.
Unfortunately, Vignali finds it and she moves the bag to women’s rest room dropped-ceiling. After meeting with Marciano, Vincent promises the rest of the cocaine if he’s sure of his son’s safety.
“You are all that matters,” he tells Thomas in one scene of this movie.
One memorable sequence occurs in the kitchen when Vincent packs multiple bags of fake cocaine, made by flour, in order to trick Marciano. Before that, he shows his cop’s ID in the kitchen. Suddenly, a man that might be an illegal immigrant is running scared from Vincent. Then, Vincent uses his power as a cop to force this man to help him to pack.
The director, Jardin, does a great work to use of the claustrophobic nature of a dance floor. Seeking through dancing bodies as it chases Vincent, the camera becomes the audience as they try to maneuver.
It stimulates the adrenaline of one being in a hurry yet being slowed down because of the crowd. This is one of his most interesting works in this movie.
Sleepless Night is a great all-nighter action movie with great plot and nicely done editing. This movie can bring audience’s adrenaline to follow the movie from the beginning until the end.
Vincent is a bad guy, no matter how much he loves his son, but still, he is a robber and corrupt cop.
This movie is not suitable for children because it is full of violence, drug abuse and harsh language.