Sleepless Night (Nuit Blanche) trailer has me worried
I saw Sleepless Night (Nuit Blanche) at the Glasgow Film Festival and I'm almost finished the review but seeing the trailer for the American release of the film does have me rather concerned. Firstly the quotes through the trailer are screaming quotes which seem more at home on The Raid: Redemption, an all out action film, secondly the trailer is cut just like that, a non-stop action film. The problem? It's a thriller.
It does have action in it but it's a thriller first and foremost with multiple characters and plotline crossing over and dead ends that suddenly come to life to deliver plenty of surprises, a few laughs, and a ton of tension that seems to keep coming.
On the strength of the trailer and the quotes I wonder how many of the audience will be going to the film expecting a Luc Besson style action film, which to be honest should be a good thing because they'll be delivered a lot more with a slick and cleverly written thriller through it which will have them on edge until the closing moments of the film. So maybe it will turn out well for the film, but there's the chance that the American audience might prefer their action more action and less clever.
Still, it's a strong trailer for the film which keeps the pace at just below frantic and always surprises with the lead character finding a way out of an impossible situation.
Sleepless Night (Nuit Blanche) comes from the director Frédéric Jardin who co-writes along with Nicolas Saada. It tells the story of a policeman, played by Tomer Sisley who is mixed up with a drug dealer and is obviously not as clean as most main characters you'd see, indeed the film opens with him involved in a heist of a large sum of drugs and money from the drug dealer's men.
Of course the dealer has his deal arranged and he needs those drugs or he's going to be in trouble from an even bigger and more dangerous dealer, so he kidnaps the policeman's son in order for him to get the drugs back.
The problem is that Internal Affairs are on the policeman's trail and the trail of the drugs, and they all head to the dealer's club for a deal that will have them crossing paths time and time again and sees the story play out almost entirely within the confines of the building.
You can see trailer right here as it comes through First Showing and over at Apple Trailers in high definition, and trust me it's a great film worth seeing, but bear in mind that it's a thriller more than anything, albeit a fast paced one with some action elements here and there.