On the surface, Vincent is a good cop and loving father, yet in reality he is in a lot of trouble. Vincent and his partner are involved with a very dangerous assortment of gangsters and drug dealers and after a botched job where they are caught stealing a massive amount of cocaine, Vincent's son is kidnapped and held for ransom. Frederic Jardin's Sleepless Night is a fast-paced, stripped down action thriller that takes place over the course of you guessed it, one long night. Once of Sleepless Nights' best attributes has got to be its pacing. Using an incredibly simple story which takes place in one location, the film is able to still stay very fresh and thrilling through the use of all sorts of complications and hurdles that arise on the fly, with our protagonist needing to think quickly on his feet in hope of saving his son's life. Vincent goes through hell over the course of this night, feeling lots of pain from both an emotional and physical level, and we the viewer really feel this. The audience really feels the desperation of Vincent's situation and in one particularly scene which stood out, the filmmakers show this beautiful contrast between Vincent, in this horrendous situation, and the euphoria which surrounds him from the various club-goers having a blast. Sleepless Night is action-packed and while some of the fight sequences are brutal and exciting, others are rather poorly choreographed with punches that clearly looked staged. Even though Sleepless Night does suffer through a few typical genre conventions, like the good naive cop for example, its stripped-down fast-paced style make it a fun, tense experience.
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