Thursday, June 21, 2018

Sleepless (2017)

Hey, Welcome to the first day of summer (for the northern hemisphere)!  I'm not sure what your longest-day-of-the-year celebrations are, but mine are to check on my blog, and notice I haven't posted anything for two months.  I think I'm going to make it a yearly tradition, too.  I might even check back on the equinoxes, and maybe even the winter solstice, just to spread some love around.

Tonight's movie review is Sleepless (2017) starring Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, and a bunch of other decent veteran actors.  Basically, the movie starts out with Vincent (Jamie Foxx) robbing a bunch of cocaine with the help of his dirty-cop partner, Sean (listed on IMDB as Tip T.I. Harris), only to find out that the drugs belong to a crooked Casino owner named Rubino, who's loaning the drugs out to a very unsavory family that is huge in the criminal underworld.  In comes recently-returned-to-work Internal Affairs officer Bryant (Michelle Monaghan) and her partner, Dennison (David Harbour, of Stranger Things), who are convinced that Vincent is a dirty cop at the center of a web of police corruption.  Then Vincent's son gets kidnapped, and all hell breaks loose!

Yeah!  You knew it was coming.  I haven't said "all hell breaks loose" in a while now!  Well, maybe a few hours.  Anyways, I think I gave a pretty decent synopsis without giving away any of the major plot spoilers, except maybe the part about where his son is kidnapped, which was actually mentioned in a plot summary of the movie at the bottom of my TV screen, so.  Yeah.  They gave that one away, and by they, I mean one of the premium channels, because I did NOT see this on Netflix.  It could very well be on Netflix, I just didn't watch it there.  Which premium channel, you ask?  I don't know, I just caught the movie in passing, missed the first 5 minutes of it, and didn't think to note which channel it was on.  Yeah.  Nobody's perfect?

So, this was actually a pretty decent action movie, if you get a chance to watch it.  I'm surprised this didn't get more play at the theaters or get more hype on the premium channels.  Twenty years ago, this would have been a summer blockbuster.  I guess nowadays, only superhero movies become summer blockbusters, or goofy comedies starring Amy Schumer.  Jamie Foxx is no stranger to action movies, though he's not a well-known "action movie star," and the veteran supporting cast backing him up is pretty awesome.  I haven't had the chance to watch it again yet, but I think if it came on, I would definitely watch it twice.

I only have a few issues with continuity in this movie, which, if you know me, you know I am big on continuity, which is the movie not contradicting itself.  Minor spoiilers to follow.  One, Rubino tells his lackey to take Vincent's kid to "the front of the casino."  Now, to me, that would mean the front doors to the street, yet Vincent and his kid have like a flight of stairs and a football field's worth of people to wade through before they can even get near the front doors, and that just seems like a glaring mistake.  Then, you basically got Vincent doing his own one-man-undercover-operation, which, isn't that pretty much just a dirty cop at that point?  Finally, Vincent stabs a random bodyguard in the neck, with what looks like a party favor that is spewing sparks into the air, only the thing stops spewing sparks a few seconds after the bodyguard dies.  So, just how long was the thing sitting there spewing sparks, before Vincent picks it up and stabs this guy with it?  I mean, it looked cool and all, but wtf, just maybe use a broken beer bottle next time?  Too easy?  Also, Rubino's excuse for loaning some violently psychopathic criminal a bunch of cocaine he happened to have laying around the casino amounted to "I needed to have a backup plan in case my incredibly ginormous casino deal didn't work out."  Really?  Lame.

In other news, it's the first day of astronomical summer, and I'm finally in a good goddamned mood for a change!  Not sure how it happened, but I'm going with it.  Right now I'm watching Cloak and Dagger on Freeform (Holy shit Olivia Holt is hot (and a perfectly-legal 19 years old, so fuck off, I can fantasize all I want)), and waiting for Luke Cage season 2 to drop on Netflix tomorrow.  Mildly stalking Olviia Holt on IMDB.com tells me she loves playing Minecraft, and so do I, so there's definitely a very slim, one-in-a-billion chance that we'd hit it off if we ever met.  Which, is never going to happen, right?  So stop shipping me and Olivia Holt already, you perverts!  She's 19, and way too young for an old guy like me.

That's all for now, people!  Have fun, enjoy the warm weather while it's here, and enjoy your loved ones, because once they accidentally get killed in a freak tobogganing accident, it's all downhill from there.  Uh.  Yeah.  Have a nice Independence Day if I don't get back here before then!