2017 · Crime · David Harbour · Gabrielle Union · Jamie Foxx · Michelle Monaghan · Movies · Scoot McNairy · T.I. · Thriller

#8 Movie Review: Sleepless (2017)

Sleepless came to my attention when browsing online for up coming movies, when i saw it stared Jamie Foxx and was a crime thriller, i decided to watch the trailer and the trailer looked really well done so i wanted to give this a go…..so what is the movie about, well lets tell you….

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

The Cast ( I will just point out the main characters of the movie, if you like to see the full cast click here)

  • Jamie Foxx as Vincent
  • Michelle Monaghan as Bryant
  • Scoot McNairy as Novak
  • T.I.as Sean
  • David Harbour as Dennison
  • Gabrielle Union as Dena

So here is my review…Though it suffers from minor plot inconsistencies and some shaky camerawork, this thriller offers a fun, entertaining, “B”-level story; the terrific characters help fill in the blanks. A remake of the 2011 French movie Nuit Blanche, Sleepless (the title doesn’t seem to relate to anything) starts with a bang on the streets of Las Vegas, using the nighttime lights and daytime shabbiness for good effect. Then the characters are introduced, each shabby or beaten up or full of a kind of life experience that makes them very interesting.

Foxx’s cop must deal with his ex-wife (Gabrielle Union) in matters of their son, as well as a constantly bleeding stab wound. Slick casino boss Rubino has a fascinating rapport with gangste Novak, who’s calm yet volatile (with a mysterious, hideous scar on his neck). And Bryant must navigate a world consisting of mostly men; she shows frustration and weariness but also strength. It’s these characters who allow us to forgive any dumb trespasses in plot, such as Downs always stopping to change his clothes. Overall, Sleepless isn’t particularly memorable, but it’s not bad, either.

Overall 2/5

2016 · Dane DeHaan · Drama · Gore Verbinski · Horror · Ivo Nandi · Jason Isaacs · Mia Goth · Thriller

#6 Movie Review: A Cure for Wellness (2016)

Movie number six is my first drama/thriller/horror movie review, excited ?!?! i was looking forward to this for a while, especially being a Gore Verbinski directored project.

So lets get into it, the synopsis….

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. From Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of THE RING, comes the new psychological thriller, A CURE FOR WELLNESS.

The Cast ( I will just point out the main characters of the movie, if you like to see the full cast click here)

  • Dane DeHaan – Lockhart
  • Jason Isaacs – Volmer
  • Mia Goth – Hannah
  • Ivo Nandi – Enrico

So…I watched this on VOD and I have to say this movie is mind-bending mash-up of psychological horror, capitalist critique and old-fashioned folktale. There are red herrings galore.  Its a much impressive film, particularly in terms of production design and cast. Jason Isaacs is great fun as Dr Heinrich Volmer, presiding over the institution with velvety menace; Mia Goth is suitably unearthly as Volmer’s ‘special case’ Hannah and the main man himself Dane DeHaan, probably the one of the most under appricated actors in Hollywood play an astute choice for the role of role of Lockhart​.  There’s two scenes of that really stood out for me, the first one is the dental work that genuinely shocked me by not cutting away at its most horrifying momenta and the second  one when Volmer peels his face off.  Any Gore Verbinski fan it’s a much watch and anyone looking for a good strong cast and storytelling it’s a must watch.

Overall 4/5