This list was inspired by a conversation on the March 2nd/9th editions of Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo's film review, where…
Don't close your eyes.
Al Pacino stars as detective Dormer who is looking for the culprits who made him take the blame for a crime. The internal affairs office in Los Angeles meanwhile sends him to Alaska to investigate the death of a 17 year old. The film is a remake of the 1997 Norwegian film of the same name.
In what is perhaps Nolan's most straightforward film, he shows that he is a solid director when given weak material.
Having said that, he probably could have and should have made a better film than what in the end is a predictable and dime a dozen thriller. He's got a great cast to tell his story, but it almost feels as if he's content with the backdrop that is supposed to add something extraordinary to what is a painfully ordinary murder mystery.
This thriller never pushes the boat out anywhere, yet it is Nolan's solid pacing and his cinematographer's colour palette that make this film somewhat enjoyable. Pacino and Williams are ok, but completely outacted by Swank and that's about all there is to it.
Pretty pictures, a decent cast and a straightforward paint it by numbers plot make this a bit of inoffensive fluff which only crime is that it isn't as good as it should be.
Probably thought of as Nolan's weakest film, this is still a cut above most other thrillers. The acting is superb. Pacino is really good here (though the scars from Jack and Jill still haven't healed) and Williams gives one of his finest dramatic performances.
"I can't judge. There are two kinds of people in Alaska: those who were born here and those who come here to escape something. I wasn't born here."
Christopher Nolan Insomnia is a nice and by the numbers thriller that relays on the performances of the actors and the atmosphere of the film to break apart from other thrillers.
The film relays heavily on Al Pacino, that even do he is not at his best, he is very damn good, even Al Pacino half given a damn is better than 100% effort from other actors.
The film looks good and the soundtrack is decent enough, this is not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon. 'Insomnia' works as a thriller and is engaging enough, but is nothing memorable, specially because this was Nolan follow-up to Memento.
It's a solid thriller with a story about right and wrong and how the bad decisions in life can affect you deeply.
Insomnia it's just that, the less you sleep the more you get tired and your mind starts to be messed up. And so it is with the bad decisions we make, the more time passes the more conscience weighs.
Al Pacino is always great, Hilary Swank and Robin Williams give very good performances as the supporting cast. Williams gives one of his best dramatic performances!
I just love Christopher Nolan's movies, he is very good!
I love this film but it does make me feel very tired! Just looking at Pacino's heavy eyelids, staring eyes and sagging face are enough to make the most caffeine injected feel sleepy. The thing that keeps this film motoring is that it is a very tight thriller, expertly edited and a great mystery. The stunning Alaskan backdrops, the quiet and lulaby-esque soundtrack, the brilliant use of frames-missing and frames-added for hallucination effects and the flashback used, all combine to make a rather riveting and cleverly put together thriller. Robin Williams suprises again as being extremely competent in serious roles. Nolan’s lesser known success. A must see.
One of Christopher Nolan's worst movies, and it still is really good. Nolan is definitely one of my favorite directors. Insomnia is a well-crafted thriller filled with great characters and a good story. The acting is superb. Pacino is really good as the sleep deprived detective, and Robin Williams is pretty good too. It is a bit slow at times, and it has some plot holes (How did nobody find the bullet, but when Hilary Swank searched for it, she found it immediately?) That aside, Insomnia is a really good movie with amazing cinematography. Alaska is beautiful.
Probably Christopher Nolan's best film (which may come down to the fact he isn't responsible for the plot). A menacing crime thriller that proves remakes can, once in a blue moon, do something original and extraordinary with the material they have.
A note on the viewing: Viewed in 2K High Definition via the US Blu-ray release from Warner Bros. Disney haven't ever released a BD in the UK, so it is a pleasure to get this stellar transfer from Warner Bros. It really is worth importing (or nipping over there to get).
This was the last Nolan film left for me to see, and I really enjoyed it. Pacino is Pacino and Williams does a good job portraying the killer. Nolan's use of the camera and editing here adds to the thrill of the film, having us question every object and fact- thus achieving what a mystery/ psychological thriller should do. Shot in a beautiful location, and entertaining. 7.6/10
«A good cop can't sleep because he's missing a piece of the puzzle. And a bad cop can't sleep because his conscience won't let him.»
—Det. Ellie Burr
"A good cop can't sleep because he's missing a piece of the puzzle. And a bad cop can't sleep because his conscience won't let him."
I couldn't help it but I guess it kind of annoyed me that the film wasn't what I thought it to be. Instead of picturing the violent murder of a young girl the story concentrated on two men and the feeling of guilt. This was good but I set out to see a bloody murder mystery so I still don't know how to deal.
Muy buen thriller policiaco, pero me quedo con Memento. A pesar de tener a uno de mis actores favoritos (Pacino) no me logró envolver en la intriga de la historia por completo.
Nolan es un mago, hace de la falta de sueño de Al Pacino algo muy bonito, convierte a Robin Williams en villano y hace de Hilary Swank alguien tolerable.
Considero a Christopher Nolan uno de los mejores directores de la actualidad, sin embargo hay que ser objetivos.
A pesar de tener un elenco bastante sobresaliente, las actuaciones realmente no lo son. No son malas, pero tampoco nada extraordinario, creo que la más destacada fue Hilary Swank. Al Pacino y Robin Williams simplemente cumplieron con sus papeles.
Un thriller policíaco que la verdad empezó bien, pero nunca logró interesarme lo suficiente. La historia no me emocionó en ningún momento, por lo que las 2 horas se me hicieron bastante extensas, y la buena ambientación no compensa esa falta.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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