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Sleepless | 2017 | R | - 5.8.10

Two Las Vegas police detectives (Jamie Foxx and T.I.) have shady connections with a drug cartel. When they steal cocaine from a drug dealer, the 15-year-old son of one of the detectives is kidnapped in retaliation and in a frantic night-long search, the boy's father confronts police officials on the cartel payroll, casino drug dealers, hit men and gangsters. Also with Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney, David Harbour, Gabrielle Union and Scoot McNairy. Directed by Baran bo Odar. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman kiss passionately in an elevator, rubbing their hands over each other's buttocks as other people watch.
 A close-up shows an exotic dancer's writhing lower torso and thighs in a skimpy bikini that reveals her abdomen and a glimpse of pubic hair. Two women in a pool wear skimpy bikinis that reveal cleavage. About eight women in a spa are wrapped in towels. A few casino scenes include women wearing scoop neck and a few backless dresses that reveal cleavage. Three women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage. A woman wears a tight-fitting V-neck dress that reveals cleavage.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Two men fight, punching and kicking, and then one man chokes the other, lifting him in the air and dropping him; a gunman aims at a man and shoots him in the stomach (we see some blood) and a teen boy in a truck runs over the shooter, killing him; another gunman points a rifle at the boy and a woman shoots the rifle holder, killing him and we see some blood spatter. Two men fistfight after one of the men shoots out three shattering glass walls: men and women run, screaming and several fall on stairs and one of the fighters smashes a wine bottle and jams it into the neck of another man who rushes up to him, falling and dying with a shudder. In a dark garage, a man shoots two other men, who fall to the floor in pools of blood. Police officers find two bodies; one is still alive and an officer suffocates him with his hand.
 A man in a car shoots a woman in the chest, a man in the forehead (blood gushes onto a side window), and the driver in the back of the head with some blood spatter; the car flips twice in a tunnel and stops on its roof as four officers from another car approach and the shooter gets out of the crashed car as the woman slides out a window and points a bloody hand and finger at him, demanding officers arrest him, which they do. A man and a teen boy in a casino steal a showroom car and drive through a parking garage, chased by an SUV that crashes into several cars and stops; the teen drives the stolen car as the man jumps out, but crashes into a wall (we see some blood on his nose and lips) and two gunmen shoot at the crashed car (the front is smashed), a man shoots tear gas canisters around the garage and the boy coughs as he hides under a parked car.
 A man wearing only boxer shorts hangs by his feet from a batting cage frame as two men fire tennis balls into his face and chest (he suffers bruises and a bloody nose); a man loads and sticks a large handgun's muzzle into the victim's mouth, then spits in his face and we see the spray, then a man with a knife threatens to cut out the victim's tongue and two men stand in front of the victim, blocking him from view as we hear a muffled scream; a man later receives a box, opens it below the frame (we do not see it) and gags as another man says it is the tongue of his cousin as a reminder of what can happen to people who do not follow instructions.
 A car chases an SUV with squealing tires on a street at night until the SUV runs into a concrete wall and the car stops; three armed and masked men emerge from the SUV and two armed men exit the car to have a gunfight with many loud shots and muzzle flashes (a man is struck in the forehead, which shows blood, and falls backward off-screen) and the two men from the car drive away with a bag full of 25 kilos of cocaine (we later see blood on the SUV and several bullet holes in the metal).
 A man rushes up to a stopped car, breaks out the passenger side glass, and kidnaps a teen boy while another man breaks the driver side glass, stabs a man in the side and runs away (the victim groans and grabs his bleeding side); the wounded man goes to a washroom and tapes toilet paper over the cut with tape when another man enters and the first man shouts and slams the other man against a wall. A man slams a teen boy's face onto a floor and a second man smashes the boy's left hand with the bottom of a fire extinguisher; the boy screams and curls up in a ball, his hand bruised red and splotchy. Two men fistfight in a spa's swimming pool room and in the pool, causing two women to scream and run out; one man breaks a wooden chair over the other man's head and slams the second man's head into a concrete border and the victim falls onto his face in the water before the other man drags him onto the floor beside the pool and kicks him in the stomach, making him groan (the injured man has blood on his forehead, face, hands and blood runs onto the floor and into the pool). A man crawls through ductwork and breaks out of the ceiling, jumping into an empty hallway where he punches a man in the stomach (the man curls up and groans), he grabs a teen boy and runs while other men chase them through a casino (the man's shirt turns becomes soaked with blood from a previous wound); two of the men fight in a kitchen, using punches, kicks, choking, and throws, one uses a cleaver and the other a large metal scoop to strike at each other unsuccessfully, and a cleaver flies across the screen and sticks deeply into a wall; one man slams a large metal pan on top of the other man's head to no avail and one man kicks the other man through a shattering kitchen office window and escapes. A man and a woman fight in a hotel room, punching, kicking, choking, and throwing; they shatter a glass table, a wooden and metal table, and a large glass vase, covering the floor with glass and the man handcuffs the woman to the bottom of a bed post and leaves.
 A woman has a red cut two inches long on her cheek and she explains that she was investigating a Meth lab and was attacked by drug dealers. A man in an office uses a golf club to send golf balls into a framed picture, an empty glass decanter, and a flat screen TV, shattering the first two and cracking the last object while threatening to kill a subordinate. A woman says dirty cops work for a drug cartel. A drug lord says that many cops are on his payroll. Several loud arguments occur between a man and his ex-wife, the man and his teen son, and the man and his detective partner. Two drug dealers argue several times, shouting, and one man grabs the other man's groin and squeezes hard four times, threatening to kill him.
 We see close-ups of the bloody faces of several dead men on a garage floor. We see a teen boy inside a large abandoned walk-in cooler that is not running and he has blood in his eye. A hospital scene shows a clothed woman lying on a gurney (no injury is visible) and a man in the waiting room has a bandaged hand. A man lies on a gurney and his face is splattered in blood and his side bleeds through his clothing. A woman lies on a gurney and her face and hands are bloody and her eyes look vacant. A man wakes up in a hospital bed with a scrape on one cheek; a woman walks into the room with a large bandage on her left collar bone.


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 67 F-words and its derivatives, 2 obscene hand gestures, 30 scatological terms, 9 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans, name-calling (scumbag, stupid, crazy, funny looking, Nancy Drew, Sherlock), exclamations (shut-up), 6 religious profanities (GD), 4 religious exclamations (Oh My God, Oh God, Jesus Christ, Thank God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - We see 25 plastic wrapped kilos of cocaine in a duffel bag and later in a garbage bag, a man hides a garbage bag filled with cocaine in a washroom ceiling and a woman finds it and takes it away, a man pours sugar into large plastic baggies and puts them in a duffel bag then gives it to a drug lord as cocaine, and a man takes a small amount of cocaine and puts it in a vial of liquid that turns aqua (indicating purity). Empty beer bottles are seen on a casino bar in a few scenes, a man is seen holding a tall cocktail, a man drinks from a beer bottle, a woman drinks something from a short glass, a bottle of clear liquor is shown on a casino bar, women dance on a crowded casino bar floor while holding alcohol in a few scenes, a cocktail server carries a tray holding eight glasses of champagne, a man stands in a hallway with a bottle of champagne in an ice bucket, a man drinks a short glass of whiskey in his office and a man drinks from a beer bottle at home, a glass of wine falls off a room service cart in a hallway, and a man tells another man that he does not drink. A man at a desk has a cigarette in an ashtray and we see large streams of smoke rising.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Undercover detective work, drug cartels, corrupt law enforcement officials, danger, murder, death, duty, courage, sacrifice, relationships, parenting, love, respect, truth, justice.

MESSAGE - Stopping drug cartel activity and police corruption is dangerous work.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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