This list was inspired by a conversation on the March 2nd/9th editions of Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo's film review, where…
A tough cop. A brilliant killer. An unspeakable crime.
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.
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 carve 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…
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…
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.
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…
Whether it's dealing with the responsibility of leading the premier crime organisation in America, exposing the criminal activities of his police colleagues or heading out into the lonely air of Alaska, Al Pacino has carried the world on his shoulders. Here he increasingly looks like a man worn down to his last thread, the bright light and wide spaces of Alaska opening up a chasm too deep to cover up any longer.
Kevin Nolan's remake of this Norwegian film follows the typical path of many other thrillers with no great surprises in store within the narrative. It's a real meat and drink type of story, a world away from the puzzle that was Memento. As Pacino's character says, it's all…
Just to be completely up front I'd like to say that I'm a huge sucker for movies like this.
Insomnia is a detective mystery with a protagonist (Pacino) that doesn't have a firm grasp on reality after acquiring insomnia from working in a place where the sun doesn't set. There are a few fabulous scenes where we witness Pacino's grip slipping, and Pfister's wonderful lighting and composition give everything a slightly eerie and ominous air. Beyond that it was a fairly by-the-numbers thriller and definitely a disappointment after the masterpiece that is Memento, but for me the rather average story was elevated by the movie's uncertain grasp on reality.
It's also a movie about fantasy, one of my all-time favorite…
Jesus, this was a chore to watch. The dialogue was laughable at times. Having watched a ton of Law & Order: SVU, I felt like I'd seen all those roles before. Which would be fine, except they all behaved exactly as you'd expect; nobody's personality stood out as unique or even as interesting.
I don't know, maybe the film was trying to tell too many stories at once? Maybe I'm too hard on Nolan here, but coming from the guy behind "Memento" and "The Prestige", this was a huge disappointment to me.
This is a thriller film about a detective, played by Al Pacino, pursuing a psychopath murderer, played by Robin Williams, set in Alaska. During the investigation, the detective and the murderer fail to sleep for a five to six day span.
In my opinion, this is a good crime thriller that is complimented by the terrain and climate of the Alaskan landscape. The film encompasses many good aspects of quality film, and has a great story line too.
I think the film is about battling one's own personnel demons, and is about even the defender of goodness, having its own faults. I also think that there is a unique presence in the film that depicts innocence and an inexperienced detective looking up to the experienced for mentor-ship, Pacino's character, though the mentor is imperfect and jaded himself. There is kind of this theme of false admiration for Pacino's character that all main characters have, including the murderer.
Nothing hugely special that stood out aside from it's slick editing and the two performances from Pacino and Williams. Good watch.
Wasn't blown away by this one. Neither Pacino nor Williams are anywhere near their best. The first half is just a Twin Peaks rip-off/homage. I like the setting though.
Some parts dragged a little for me, but Insomnia is still an investing crime film with a thoroughly intriguing plot, well developed characters, good tension, and two great performances from Al Pacino and Robin Williams. Christopher Nolan has yet to make a film I didn't like.
Insomnia's a well done, straightforward film noir, and this lack of creativity employed by Nolan is ultimately what holds it back from other movies in his filmography. It's clear that Nolan is most effective when he has free reign over a narrative.
A massively underrated film, Nolan's neo noir thriller is entertaining and far more subtle in its execution than anything else the director has done. It features a slew of impressive performances and the use of the insomnia/endless daylight of the film makes for a rather unique spin.
A serial killer who dunnit. Very good early film by Christopher Nolan
- North by Northwest
- The Birds
- Ed Gein
- Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby
- Dario Argento's Phantom of the Opera
- Christina's House
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