It’s rare a movie is bold enough to sell itself on overt violence. We’ve moved into the political correct era of America where gun violence is a no-no, sexiness is a crime against feminism, and badass masculinity will net you a bunch of slactivists working as hired armchair mercenaries to virtue signal vapid moral crusading on social media. Well, I’m at least glad to say that John Wick 2‘s uncompromising violence will be accompanied in the early goings of 2017 by an equally violent film, Sleepless.
The second trailer for the movie, starring Jamie Foxx, is a red band trailer featuring lots of shotguns, headshots and bloody violence. It’s not quite as organic looking as action films from the 1980s and 1990s, and is still a far-cry away from some of Steven Seagal, Clint Eastwood or William Friedkin’s work, but it looks solid enough… like a poor man’s Taken meets John Wick. You can check it out below, courtesy of KinoCheck International.
The movie features Jamie Foxx as an undercover cop in Las Vegas whose son gets captured due to some dirty deeds that Foxx’s character committed in the recent past. Foxx, as Vincent Downs, goes out of his way to get the guys who took his son and exact some not so politically correct justice.
For those of you who didn’t know, Sleepless is actually a remake of a French film called Sleepless Night starring Tomer Sisley from those awesome Largo Winch movies. As an aside, Tomer really, really should have been the first pick for the Assassin’s Creed movie… he oozes Ezio Auditore.
Anyway, a lot of people in the comment section ended up squabbling over race relations, but I’m just glad to see an action movie starring a main character who has balls. We’ve had way too many sissified “heroes” lately like Channing Tatum trying to star in action movies. Tatum needs to leave the real man’s work to real men like Gerard Butler… or in this case, a semi-decent looking Jamie Foxx.
The American remake of Sleepless already has way more violence than the French film, which was extremely light on headshots and gunfights and was more of a non-stop, fast-paced thriller with a lot of twists and turns and an awesome kitchen fight scene.
I would love it if Donnie Yen could end up in a film like this somewhere down the road. He needs to be in a good, gritty, American thriller where he’s like an ex-agent or something killing guys with kung-fu and using high-tech firearms. Until that day arrives, action movie fans will have to settle with John Wick 2 and Sleepless, the former of which is due for release on February 10th and the latter of which is in theaters now.