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Sleep Dealer (2009)



Critic Consensus: Sleep Dealer's depth and energy are almost enough to overcome a shaky screenplay and pedestrian acting.

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Mexico. The near future. Memo Cruz has always dreamed of leaving his tiny village and heading north. But, when he is ultimately forced to leave, Memo finds a future so bizarre--border walls, shantytowns, hi-tech factories, remote control drones and aqua-terrorists--that it looks a lot like today.

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Leonor Varela
as Luz Martinez
Jacob Vargas
as Rudy Ramirez
Meztli Adamina
as Dolores Cruz
Metzli Adamina
as Dolores Cruz
Guillermo Ríos
as Rudy's Supervisor
Andaluz Russell
as Angie Ramírez
Jorge Zepeda
as Rodolfo Ramírez
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Critic Reviews for Sleep Dealer

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (18)

This Sundance hit takes the "jacking in" premise we've seen in everything from Neuromancer to eXistenZ and looks at it from the point of view of third world migrant workers.

August 11, 2009 | Rating: A-
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Sleep Dealer is flawed, but still vibrant and inventive. Whether he finds larger budgets or keeps doing movie like this, Rivera is definitely a filmmaker to follow.

June 19, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

I'm glad to have science fiction back in the forefront in 2009 but that doesn't mean they're all going to work. Consider Sleep Dealer a near-miss.

June 6, 2009 | Full Review…

Alex Rivera's overstuffed but intriguing feature debut, Sleep Dealer, takes a speculative leap into Tijuana's near future, imagining the next evolution of cheap labor.

June 5, 2009 | Rating: 3/4

Clearly, Rivera knows one of the great gifts of the sci-fi genre. An uncanny world invites new ways of seeing. It offers new chances to ask the hard -- and too often, hardened -- questions.

June 5, 2009 | Rating: 3/4

The combination of rusty amateurism, future technology, and clear-and-present politics creates a trippy time-space kick: This dusty little movie feels like yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

May 14, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sleep Dealer

Sleep Dealer is underwhelming if one reads some of the reviews posted about it. The filmmaking is amateurish and some of the effects are poor. Still, the film succeeds because it shows heart and spirit, and that is a refreshing change from most Hollywood fare. The actors act as though they believe that the technology and the world is real.

Robert Brogan
Robert Brogan

Super Reviewer

Other than a few cheesy special effects... this was a really good story about a guy willing to really do all he can to help his family and a stranger willing to try correct an injustice. It is a future I can see becoming a reality and I hope their are still people with good hearts in a jaded day.

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]In "Sleep Dealer," Memo(Luis Fernando Pena) lives in an arid section of Mexico where he and his father(Jose Concepcion Macias) have to now pay for water which was once free for the taking because of a new dam built by a multinational corporation. In his spare time, Memo is an amateur hacker and accidentally accesses a military channel which brings down the wrath of the military and reality television, and his father is killed by a remotely controlled military drone. Having no reason to stay, he travels to Tijuana to seek his fortune. Along the way, he meets Luz(Leonor Varela), a writer, who sells her memories on line through a series of nodes installed on her body. The nodes also allow for workers to work remotely from Tijuana since the border was closed, projecting themselves into other countries.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Set in a remarkably familiar-looking near future, "Sleep Dealer" is an intelligent allegory about the modern world, focusing on themes of globalization and the war on error. This is what science fiction should be about, more ideas than just the empty spectacles we will be subjected in weeks to come. It just goes to prove that what happens in plain sight can be scarier than any grand conspiracy we can ever dream up. Regrettably, the ending is a little too predictable and audience pleasing, though. [/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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