Some of the most fun I had in a theater last year was during Frederic Jardin‘s one-club thriller Sleepless Night. Aptly described as Taken meets Die Hard, this is a non-stop, high-octane action trip. Following a police officer who must save his kidnapped son, it was actually shot by cinematographer Tom Stern who most recently dropped the ball on The Hunger Games. His style works wonders here though, for a film that is meant to have a kinetic feel from start to end. Playing at Tribeca Film Festival and hitting VOD at the same time, check out the latest trailer below via Apple and my TIFF review here.
Sleepless Night tells the story of Vincent, a respected and dedicated police officer – or so it seems. After he and a colleague are recognized while stealing a massive bag of cocaine from drug dealers employed by local mob boss Marciano, Vincent quickly finds himself trapped in a situation that no parent would envy: his son has been kidnapped with the promise of execution if he doesn’t immediately deliver the bag back to its rightful owner. Vincent heads to Marciano’s nightclub on the outskirts of Paris to make the swap, but competing interests and misplaced loyalties soon threaten to complicate the exchange. The ensuing game of cat-and-mouse quickly spirals into madness, sprawling across every seedy back room and pulsating, claustrophobic inch of the crowded dance floor. With enemies on all sides and time working against him, the night to come might not only be the longest but also the last of Vincent and his young son’s life.
Sleepless Night arrives in theaters on May 11th after an April 17th VOD premiere.