The Sleep Experiment
John Farrelly, Tom Kerrisk (executive), Cormac Fox (executive), Gary Shortall (executive) for Red Water Entertainment, Jackpot Films
directed by John Farrelly
starring Tom Kerrisk, Rob James Capel, Will Murphy, Sam McGovern, Brian Moore, Steven Jess, Barry John Kinsella, Gwynne McElveen, Anthony Murphy, Degnan Geraghty, Rachel Walshe, Rob Earley, Tom Ronayee, James Penderville, Moya Farrelly, Esther Woods, Paul Fitzgerald, Rosaleen Sampson, Owen Colgan, Margarita Sampson, Calla Hughes, Emma Mcateer, Belinda Gannon, Maya McGrath
written by John Farrelly, music by Ally Donald, Tom Kerrisk
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Fifteen years ago, the gouvernment conducted a top secret experiment on
sleep deprivation, testing a drug designed to keep people awake on five
convicts (Rob James Capel, Will Murphy, Sam McGovern, Brian Moore, Steven
Jess), who were promised their freedom in return to being kept awake for
30 days straight. Back when though, the experiment went terribly wrong,
leaving nine people dead, horribly murdered when some of the test subjects
snapped. Initially it was just ruled as an extremely unhappy failure, but
eventually it was found out that all of the test subjects were in for
murder, and some were dangerous psychopaths, so the experiment was doomed
to fail from the start ...
But that was fifteen years ago, and two policemen (Barry John Kinsella,
Anthony Murphy) get to interview the creator and showrunner of the
experiment (Tom Kerrisk) only now, and he makes his case that he also only
was a victim of the system, being maybe not forced but certainly
encouraged to design the experiment he couldn't know would go that wrong.
But what if there's more to the story than meets the eye?
In a way I almost regret to say, this film is pretty predictable - and
I regret to say it because that sounds like a bad thing to say, and
The Sleep Experiment is actually a really good film, as despite
giving its game away early on, it's driven by tension and suspense, it's
character- rather than spectacle-based, it translates the strain of its
characters to the screen really well, and even if the topic of the film
sounds a little far-fetched this side of Nazi experiments, it's perfectly
relatable in the movie's grander context. And a strong cast is really just
the icing on the cake, to make this a really cool and properly disturbing