If you are on the lookout for a really solid thriller, look no further than Sleep Tight.
Sleep Tight was written by Alberto Marini and directed by Jaume Balagueró (half of the guys who brought us the [REC] series, but not the half that did [Rec] 3). César (Luis Tosar) is the concierge at a swanky apartment building (seriously – this place is gorgeous). Polite, hospitable, he congenially takes care of the tenants’ every wish. But César isn’t what he appears to be on the outside. And he is more involved with his tenants’ lives than they realize. Take Clara (Marta Etura), for example. His favorite project. He quietly sneaks into her apartment every night and finds little ways to torment her. Why? you may ask?
César’s motivations throughout the film (which I won’t spoil) are a huge part of what gives this story its teeth. It’s nothing so simple (and tired) as guy stalks girl he obsesses over even though she rejected him, or anything like that. César’s motives are much more cerebral (and dastardly). This isn’t simply the story of some obsessed stalker – it goes deeper and more to the core of César’s psyche. What is particularly unnerving is the fact that his motivations are not completely unfamiliar. They tap into thoughts and a state of mind that many people have had in their lives, which can be a chilling comparison – are we really so different from this psycho?
This is a really tight, suspenseful, Hitchcockian thriller. Balagueró delivers a very well-shot, captivating story. In the grand tradition of voyeuristic classics, Sleep Tight is all about watching. César watching and toying with Clara, and the audience watching the process, horrified, yet enthralled at the same time.
Tosar gives a really power performance as César. You are certainly never rooting for him throughout his many rendezvous into Clara’s apartment, but you can’t quite bring yourself to hope that he gets caught, either. He is an intriguing character; one that you can’t turn away from, but one that you also don’t want to get too close to. But you always want to see what will happen next.
This is a very well-crafted film that will keep you on the edge of your seat through the final shot. It gets into your head because it presents the notion that your home is no longer safe. Your space is not the sanctuary you thought it was, and being there does not necessarily guarantee protection. I promise you will immediately want to go out and buy like 10 more locks for your door after the credits roll. Sleep Tight is available now through VOD.