CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.
Film Review: Relentless Pace of French Action Hit ‘Sleepless Night’
CHICAGO – “Sleepless Night” is a relentless thriller about corrupt cops, a kidnapping, a very bad drug deal, and a French nightclub filled with innocent bystanders. The majority of this accomplished action flick takes place in one location on one crazy night and the result is a more intense, visceral experience than a vast majority of the Hollywood blockbusters you could see this Summer movie season.
A corrupt cop named Vincent steals a bag filled with cocaine from a dangerous crime lord in the opening scene of “Sleepless Night” and not only does our protagonist get stabbed but someone gets shot. Before he can even really patch the wound in his gut, his son Thomas is kidnapped and held by the man whose drugs he lifted. There’s a deal that needs to go down. Bring the drugs to the club, trade them for his loved one, and walk away. It should be easy, right? Of course, it’s not.
|Read Brian Tallerico’s full review of “Sleepless Night” in our reviews section.|
In a move to get leverage and make sure that his son is safe, Vincent (Tomer Sisley) stashes the bag of product in the ceiling above the men’s room in the club. The problems start when the gorgeous cop who happens to be following him traces his steps and moves the bag. After the meeting in which Vincent sees that his boy is unharmed, he returns to get the drugs to close the deal and they’re not there. Chaos essentially ensues in a film that is almost entirely third act. Traversing a massive nightclub that includes a restaurant, karaoke bar, dance floor, and much more, Vincent has to constantly think on his feet to avoid the cops behind him and save his son.
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