Actor Jamie Foxx is known for starring in academy award winning movies – including “Ray” and “Collateral.” His new film “Sleepless” is not one of them.
“Sleepless” stars Jamie Foxx and T.I. as Vincent Downs and Sean Cass, a pair of corrupt Las Vegas cops who rob a shipment of cocaine belonging to an entrepreneur associated with the son of a powerful mob boss. Vincent is ambushed, stabbed in the abdomen and his son is kidnapped. The men who kidnapped his son demand the stolen cocaine exchange for his son’s life.
From the beginning, this movie confuses the viewer because the plot jumps around. The movie introduces many new characters early on and provides no back-story as to why they are there. To add confusing, Jamie Foxx is the hero of the movie but somehow loses every fight.
This is advertised as an action movie, so a subpar plot could be understood as action movies rarely have much substance in the actual plot. The action sequences match the overall tone of the movie and lack luster.
In a movie full of talent both in front and behind the camera, it feels as if everyone was in it for the payday and gave minimal effort to their performance.
The one person that deserves credit for doing an outstanding job is the person who made the trailer for the movie. The trailer gets you hooked and ready for and action filled movie – but when you see the movie, fails to deliver.
This is the first attempt at an American movie for director Baran bo Odar.
“Sleepless” was expected to gross $10 million from 1,803 theaters opening weekend -- but ended up opening to $8.5 million -- finishing eighth at the box office.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 15 percent based on 27 reviews with an average rating of 4.2 out of 10.
“Sleepless” will leave you just that trying to figure out how someone can make such a bad movie.