Flash Movie Review: Sleepless

ONCE upon a time employees took pride in their work. Whether it was an office clerk, salesperson, mechanic or repair person; doing a good job used to mean something. Maybe because the business climate changed over the decades from an employees matter mentality to workers now being considered just a disposable statistic, it is not only sad but can be frustrating for the public. Presently I have friends who have been dealing with a large phone carrier for over 2 months, to get them to transfer their business phone lines to another party. Every single time my friends call customer service they get a different answer to the same question. Right now they have received 8 different responses where one representative says they need the new party’s permission to change the phone line to that party, but another rep says they can do it without any permission. Yet nothing ever gets done.   WHAT I have found these days are employees who take their pride to cockiness. They really are not feeling good about doing decent work; they are doing it so they can boast and make themselves feel better than the people around them. I do not know about you but it takes a lot of energy for me to keep a straight face while a worker talks down to me in a condescending way. When I encounter someone bragging about something they did at work, that they think was extraordinary, all I want to ask them is, “Isn’t that part of your job responsibilities?” And companies want to know why consumers are switching to online shopping. It only takes one bad employee to color a person’s perception of that company or organization. This crime thriller will show you what I mean.   POLICE officer Vincent Downs, played by Jamie Foxx (White House Down, Law Abiding Citizen) found himself being hunted down after he stole a drug shipment from a crime family. His problems got worse when he discovered the family kidnapped his son Thomas, played by Octavius J. Johnson (Coldwater, Ray Donovan-TV). Set in Las Vegas this action film told a story that has been done repeatedly before. The problem was this picture did not offer anything different with this genre. With Michelle Monaghan (Patriots Day, Due Date) as Jennifer Bryant, Dermot Mulroney (The Grey, My Best Friend’s Wedding) as Stanley Rubino and Scoot McNairy (12 Years a Slave, Non=Stop) as Novak; the only actor I thought did anything well was Michelle. In fact I wish the script had been written more around her character for she was the only one where I felt I had a connection. Jamie brought nothing to his role and the script only made things worse for him. C’mon, he has a bleeding wound that seems to only hurt when he needs to take a pause to catch his breath between stunts. Otherwise he is fighting and dodging bullets all over the place. Plus I find it ridiculous to have the bad guys shooting so many bullets but none of them have good aim. This movie was a tedious one to get through; I really would like to know if the people behind this film felt pride in what they created for the moviegoer.

 

1 ½ stars  

 

 

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 25, 2017, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Tell it like it is, brother!

    • I have to, I would hate for people to waste their money on this and in turn with that ticket purchase they are telling the movie studio to make more crap. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Have you seen all the films nominated for the Academy Awards?

    • All the major one except the Mel Gibson movie since my family and I do not support any of his work. How about you, did you see all of them?

      • No, I’ve only seen two of the nominated. Arrival and Lalaland. And then in the animated, Zootopia, & Moana. I may have seen one of the others, but I’m not real certain. I saw a couple last year with my friend in LA who treated me as her guest before they were released to the public. That’s where I saw Zootopia and several animated shorts. There was another but I can’t remember the title. It was foreign.

      • Thanks for the breakdown of what you have seen. Good luck catching up before the Oscars.

  3. One and a half stars that’s about it. Not that I would have watched it anyway. So btw I enjoyed Girl on a Train bur I hated Florence Foster Jenkins, This woman became Meryl Streep and not the other way round and it was no more than a caricature. Quite sad.

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