Reviewed By: traves8853
Review Date: 12/13/15 11:34 pm
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Sleep No More is an attempt at bringing the highly successful found footage genre to Doctor Who. It attempts to do something different and isn't particularly successful at it. Free from Murray Gold's instructional music it has a more minimal and functional soundtrack which makes a nice change, but ultimately it does more wrong than right. There are a lot of implausible explanations for the monsters and how they propagate; additionally, the characterisation is extremely poor. However, I do think that Sleep No More kind of drew the short straw here, being only 45 minutes compared to the two-parters. I know that after watching it, your first reaction probably isn't, "I wish that was twice as long." I just think that the main flaw is the lack of characterisation and with no real filler where would it go?
I watched the film Event Horizon recently, and they were very clever with what they did. They allowed you to get to grips with one of the main characters and slowly drip feed information about the others slowly. Some were still little more than cannon fodder, but it isn't whether a film is tropey, as such, that makes it bad but how noticeable the tropes are. In case you haven't seen it, Event Horizon isn't really Science Fiction, it's more Hell Raiser in space-type horror. In contrast to that, Sleep No More has characters like 474 who can't speak properly, and we all know how popular Jar-Jar Binks's baby language was. Plus, 474 seems to be trying to constantly touch up Chopra. In space nobody can hear a sexual harassment claim?
Then there are the silly bits like Deepando having to sing to a door to let him in, but in the end, he just screams, "Let me in, let me in!" Then, it does. Also, Clara gets roughly snatched into one of those machines by the cables. Is that usually how they work then? Hardly ergonomic. The flickering static being how the creatures spread is highly implausible to say the least, as were their origins. One criticism I don't accept though, is that the lack of a resolution was a plot hole. It was an open ending which done well can be a fantastic way to finish a story, but it just feels like they ran out of time. Listen tried something similar, but again, it didn't work very well in my humble opinion.