Writer: Andrea Berloff (Screenplay) Frederic Jardin, Nicholas Saada, Olivier Douyere (Original Film)
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Michele Monaghan, Scoot McNairy, Dermot Mulroney, T.I., David Harbour, Gabrielle Union
Plot: A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld scours a nightclub in search of his kidnapped son.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Forgettable Actioner
Story: Sleepless starts in Las Vegas as dirty cops Vincent (Foxx) and his partner Sean (T.I.) are taking down their latest score from the mob in the city. Things don’t go as planned which brings in Internal Affairs pairing Bryant (Monaghan) and Dennison (Harbour) to look at the case.
Vincent’s day continues to get worse as he once again lets down his ex-wife Dena (Union) and his son Thomas (Johnson) before casino boss Rubino (Mulroney) has Thomas kidnapped, promising to hand him over to Novak (McNairy) the drug lord if the product isn’t returned in three-hours.
We are left to see how Vincent tries to clean up the mess he finds himself in, he must deal with the drug lord, the casino owner, the internal affairs agents and his angry ex-wife all in one night inside the casino.
Thoughts on Sleepless
Characters/Performance – Vincent is the dirty cop that has been stealing from criminals for his own personal gain, this has left his personal life in ruins and now he has one night to save his career and his relationship with his son. Bryant is Internal Affairs that has recently found herself assaulted with everyone trying to nurse her back into her job even though she is ready to return. Novak is a drug lord reluctantly working with casino boss, he is ruthless like you would expect him to be. Rubino is the casino who has everything but has dived into the drug world to keep his guest happy. The rest of the characters are also who you expect without being anything special.
Performance wise, Jamie Foxx is good enough in the leading role without being a great action star, with Michelle Monaghan doing a good job in here role, being the star of the film. Scoot McNairy gets to have a lot of fun in the villainous role which he always delivers in. some of the supporting roles are left questioning how capable the stars really are though. With Gabrielle Union doing all she can with the generic concerned mother that only moans a lot role.
Story – The story is fine, it has twists and turns along the way as you must figure out who is good, bad, dirty or criminal all while seeing how a drug bust can go wrong. This does have plenty going on and if you blink you might miss a beat but otherwise it doesn’t leave too much to the imagination.
Action/Crime – The action is always going to be hard to find anything new or original which is why the action turns out slightly flat. The crime world created is solid enough though.
Settings – Nearly the whole film is set inside the casino which does show things happening near real time.
Final Thoughts – This is fine action film, it isn’t great or bad it is just average.
Overall: Average film that is easy to watch but never pushes the boundaries.
Asia has given us plenty of brilliant films many have given the Western world some of the most popular films in film history. We have Studio Ghibli which can battle Disney for stunning animated movies, we have also had horror films which have redefined the genre. There is also Bollywood which is easily just as profitable as Hollywood.
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Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Train to Busan
Train to Busan from South Korea is my pick for this because I was simply blown away by the non-stop action horror going on throughout the film. We get a zombie horror that could be put in the same brackets at the original Romero and 28 Days Later. The character development is easily the best in zombie films because you find yourself caring for each and every character you are meant to while hating the ones you are meant to hate. The action sequences are put together so you simply don’t know who will make it out of the situation and most importantly you will want to go back and watch this again as soon as it has finished.
I could go super obscure Asian language film here because there are no doubt tons of favorites. Just dive into the Stephen Chow filmography and we can pick up a ton of 1990s release but for the sake of everyone knowing a title, I’m going with Shaolin Soccer. It was really a toss-up of this one and The Mermaid, however, Shaolin Soccer wins mostly because it features a ton of the 1990s comedy crew that works frequently with Stephen Chow and truly delivers some over the top moments paired up with some ridiculous/crazy computer graphics. Filled with comedy and absurdity, Stephen Chow’s comedy always delivers these two things and without fail. Never judge a book by its cover, that should be what you take away from this movie. Plus, this one wins because the best comedy duo, Stephen Chow and Man Tat Ng are together. They can do no wrong.
My favorite Asian language film? This could be a hard question as I love loads of Asian language movies, especially Japanese films. There’s all the Akira Kurosawa stuff, like the brilliant Seven Samurai. There’s Battle Royale & Akira. There are many great Asian language horror films (although the horror genre is unlikely to make many of my “favorites” lists). But… I have to go with my beloved Studio Ghibli. I can’t NOT choose a Ghibli film for this question! My answer is My Neighbor Totoro. Okay – that wasn’t difficult at all. I love a lot of Asian language films but nothing can beat Studio Ghibli & NOTHING can beat Totoro. 🙂
Your Namehas become one of Japan’s highest grossing films and it is not hard to see why. The story is simple, Taki, a boy who lives in Tokyo, and Mitsuha, a girl living in the small village of Itomori, start switching bodies randomly. They learn to be a part of each others’ lives and eventually fall in love and go in search for one another. What sets this movie apart from similar movies is the way it tackles its love story. It is a love story through and through but it never becomes melodramatic and there is plenty of humor laced throughout. I haven’t even mentioned the beautiful animation, that is quite possibly some of the most gorgeous animation to date. I could rave about this movie on and on but I won’t for the sake of time. All in all, Your Name is my favorite Asian Language film because it is funny, charming, beautiful, and heartwarming and is wholeheartedly deserving of the praise it has received.
This was a very easy choice for me. Battle Royale was the first Asian speaking film I ever saw and to this day it remains my favourite. Based on a novel it tells the slightly warped tale of a bunch of Japanese schoolchildren who are taken to a deserted island on the pretence of a school trip, only to have bombs strapped to their necks and told they must kill one another until there’s only one kid left standing.
As you can imagine it’s a pretty nutty film. And one of my all time favourites.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon remains one of only ten foreign-language films to be nominated for Best Picture and the only one hailing from Asia. It’s hard to imagine a Chinese kung-fu action film deserving such an honor, but this is a simple case of a director elevating potentially silly material to an art form. The kung fu action sequences choreographed by Yuen Woo-ping (who also contributed to The Matrix films) are breathtaking and become a gravity-defying ballet, and Ang Lee’s elegant direction only adds to the beauty of the cinematography and musical score. Add in accomplished Asian stars like Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh, and Zhang Ziyi, and you’ve got one of the best martial arts films ever.