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Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Insomnia is a remake of the Norwegian film that came out in 1997 and while it shares the exact same plot, I thought Christopher Nolan made a well-crafted psychological thriller with some solid performances. I don’t usually approve remakes that try to emulate the story of the original without bringing anything new, but I haven’t seen the Norwegian version so I can’t compare them. While it might seem like a predictable and generic detective film at first, once the little twist happens we are drawn into a very interesting confrontation between the killer and one of the detectives. The hallucinatory sequences get a bit repetitive, but I appreciate the technical prowess shown there. The moral conflicts lived by Will Dormer…
Christopher Nolan's first stint with a major Hollywood studio is a remake of the Norwegian thriller of the same name and is termed by many critics to be one of the rare instances of an American remake done right. I haven't seen the original so I can't compare the two but one can make out that it tries to create its own identity instead of following the same footsteps.
The story of Insomnia concerns Will Dormer; a Los Angeles homicide detective who, along with another detective, is dispatched to a small Alaskan town to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen. When an attempt to apprehend the suspect results in a tragic incident, things soon turn worse for Will…
I am very impressed by both Al Pacino and Robin Williams. Both of these gentlemen give great performances in this entertaining thriller! I didn't know Robin Williams had a performance like this in him. I'm surprised I hadn't seen this Nolan film sooner.
Christopher Nolan's "Insomnia" is a vividly rendered, sharply directed, and skillfully performed crime thriller. Observing characters trapped in moral, mental, and physical fogs, the film is both patient and urgent. Exciting and textured, Nolan's remake of an earlier Norwegian film is a highly satisfying piece of work.
Revolving around the investigation of a murder that occurred in a remote town in Alaska, the film follows as Al Pacino's weary, big-city detective is brought aboard to assist with the case. Falling victim to an environment where the sun rarely sets, the detective finds himself mentally and physically slipping. As the case moves to its conclusion, fatal mistakes are made, secrets are set, and perpetrators are uncovered. A morality play, mystery, and…
Insomnia, somewhat of an outlier in Nolan's filmography, tells a smaller story; more contained and isolated. It's noir with the lights on, set in a small Alaskan town where the sun never goes down, and sleep is a luxury not all can afford. Nolan's usage of this small detail is great, as much of the film toys with Pacino's inability to rest; an obvious result/metaphor of his conflicted mindset. He's a man at a crossroads, a hero grappling with the eventual tarnishing of his reputation. Pacino plays his part wonderfully, because the character; his mannerisms and personality feel very Pacino in essence. He's very at home in this role. This extends as well to Robin Williams, who is wonderful as…
Sometimes it's wonderful to go back on the career of a director and to compare his earliest films with his latest works, especially when we are talking about Christopher Nolan, a filmmaker who currently dominates the world of blockbusters. The first conclusions you draw while watching Insomnia (which is a remake of a Norwegian film) is that when he's working with lower budgets (even if $46 million is not particularly low), his works feel more focused and his intentions clearer. Unlike his more recent works, Insomnia is a film that doesn't really try to do much simultaneously, but what it does, it does pretty well.
Initially, Nolan's third film presents itself as a rather traditional detective story about a homicide…
One of the few movies I enjoy with Al Pacino, it's only elevated by the beautiful cinematography and the fact that Robin Williams makes a stellar opponent.
Un buon thriller, girato a dovere, anche se con un montaggio troppo veloce per l'atmosfera su cui il film cerca di puntare. A tratti prevedibile e anche ripetitivo, con troppi clichè che si affacciano qua e là. Punto di arrivo del "primo cinema" di Nolan, quello più intimo e personale prima dello sbrodolamento iper milionario ad Hollywood.
A well-crafted thriller, but not unforgettable.
The cast delivers a solid performance, but the story is a bit simple and predictable.
أحد أفضل الأفلام خيوط متشابكة وقضية استثنائية إل باتشينو جاه الأرق ما غمضت له عين ولا حنا قدرنا نغمض الأحداث مثيره لآخر رمق
There's nothing bad about this movie but then I'm not sure why I'd tell anyone to see it beyond Nolan completionism. Good performances.
Good thriller, though the lack of suspense blurs all the rest. Al Pacino and Robin Williams look surprisingly credible in their roles.
know this: nolan's least thrilling movie is still quite thrilling
Christopher Nolan's weakest film is still frequently arresting.
Two cops from LA go to a small town in Alaskan to help with a murder case. An odd place where its daylight 24/7 and thick fog in some parts. Al Pacino is great as the sleep-deprived cop. A different role for the late great Robin Williams as the primary suspect.
A well told twisted story with good shots. This film is put together well indeed and is a good solid thriller.
Christopher Nolan, from the start of his first feature he has caught attention. Following which was made on a very…
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