Leave it to the French to come up with what may be the smartest and most entertaining American-style action movie of the year. It’s crooked cops versus gangsters versus really crooked cops in Sleepless Night, almost all of which takes place over the course of one long but very fast-paced night within the hellish confines of a crowded Parisian disco. When a police detective’s plan to steal a duffel bag full of cocaine goes terribly wrong, he finds his pre-teen son held hostage by ruthless dealers. Unpredictable twists and turns are the order of the day, and character development rises to a level seldom seen in movies of this ilk. Sleepless Night is far too violent for some viewers, but it’s the kind of rollercoaster ride that leaves you more exhilarated than exhausted. An American remake is already in the works, but really, what are the chances it will compare to the original?
Sleepless Night will be screened precisely one time in New Orleans tonight, Wednesday, August 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Prytania Theatre as part of the New Orleans French Film Festival.