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  • by Wes Singleton

Sleepless, D


Rated R, 96 minutes

You won't lose any sleep if you skip the ridiculous, pointless new thriller "Sleepless," a piece of junk starring Jamie Foxx in a take-the-money-and-run turn that won't be among the Oscar-winner's more memorable performances.

Undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs (Foxx) finds himself caught in a high-stakes web of corrupt cops, internal affairs (Michelle Monaghan) and murderous gangsters (Dermot Mulroney and Scoot McNairy). When a failed heist leads to the kidnapping of his teenage son (Markell Watson), Downs must race against time during a wild and restless night to save him and bring the criminals to justice.

Directed by German film director Baran bo Odar and written by "Straight Outta Compton's" Andrea Berloff, the derivative, over-the-top "Sleepless" is a remake of the much better 2011 French film "Sleepless Night," which tackles the same material with better style and intensity than this poorly written, directed and acted film, which has a few good car chase scenes going for it, and that's about it.

It's also proves the point that the bad guys are often more interesting and fun to play than the good guys, with McNairy's creepy turn as a drug dealer stealing most the scenes; Mulroney is miscast and wasted as the corrupt casino king, and it doesn't help things that rapper T.I., as Foxx's sidekick, is a terrible actor. It also wastes the lovely Gabrielle Union as Vincent's ball-busting ex, who does little but stand around and yell at Foxx.

"Sleepless" sags in the 2nd and last act, with a few predictable twists and turns along the way, with an ending that won't come as much of a surprise. A night of sleep is far more entertaining than this early year dreck, which may attract some of Foxx's fanbase and little else.

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