With the announcement of the line-up for the 2013 FrightFest Halloween All-nighter, I thought it was about time there was…
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 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…
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…
Insomnia was a pretty good movie overall. Going in, I expected a decent crime thriller, and I got a little more than what I expected. This movie is very dark, but also very memorable and intense. I pretty much liked everything about this film, besides a few glaring flaws. And I have to say, this movie deserves so much more praise than it receives. All I ever hear people say is that it's not as good as Memento, but it's nearly as good in my eyes.
Insomnia follows two detectives who go to Alaska to investigate a dark crime. The story Insomnia has is very layered, and often straightforward, but this movie definitely packs certain twists that caught me off…
Thriller bastante clasicon, pero q se destaca un poco x el gran casting, nada mas.
Insomnia arguably represents Christopher Nolan’s most forgotten film. Following may have been his smallest, but it at least has the distinction of being his first to help people remember it exists. Insomnia, on the other hand, is Nolan’s first foray into big studio work with A-list actors. Given that, it seems more people should recall this film. As it turns out, it is Nolan’s most forgotten film because it is the most forgettable of his movies.
Insomnia recounts the tale of Will Dormer (Al Pacino), an L.A. detective sent to Alaska (with his partner played by Martin Donovan) to investigate the shocking murder of a local teenager. Aiding him is eager newbie of Nightmute, Alaska police force Ellie Burr (Hilary…
La sensación de aislamiento esta perfectamente lograda por la excelente dirección de fotografía y el diseño de producción. Aunque el cast luce desdibujado ante Al Pacino que, aún cuando parece que va en automático, se ve comprometido es realmente Robin Williams quien sale al tope de todo esto. Como lo dice el mismo actor en varias entrevistas relacionadas a este film: "no es el tipo que va por ahí con cara y voz tenebrosa diciendo que ha cometido los actos más macabros e inimaginables el que da miedo, no, es el tipo que habla de eso con la misma naturalidad con la que se tomaría un café; ese es el tipo al que no quisiera tener nunca cerca".
A fun, suspenseful movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Pacino and Williams steal the show.
Resulta que la última película que me faltaba por ver de la filmografía de Nolan es la que menos caracteriza su estilo, y por ende, la que menos me ha gustado de todas. Quizás la salvedad es que el guión no fue escrito por él y es una adaptación de una película anterior.
Se vende como un thriller pero es demasiado anticlimática, las actuaciones no son nada del otro mundo (aunque me gustó mucho la de Al Pacino) y cuenta con una buenísima ambientación, pero no supo explotarla. Me parece que le faltaron esos giros sorpresivos para hacer interesante la historia, se vuelve extensa y aburrida (confieso que me quede dormido cuando faltaban 20 minutos).
¿La primera película "mala" de Nolan? Para mí no, pero está muy cerca de ello, debido a lo aburrida que se torna en ocasiones.
“Let me sleep”
Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia starts out as a pretty ordinary Scandinavian (being based on a Norwegian movie) crime thriller, years before the boom of Nordic Noir™ and while the murder mystery is interesting, it fails to start a big spark in either mystery or tension. Wally Pfister paints a perfect picture of both Alaska and the mood at the same time. It’s white, grey, cold, lonely, mazy and that can be said for both the atmosphere and the surroundings.
To add to that, we’ve got a very low key Al Pacino (sort of the exact opposite of Tony Montana) who delivers a performance way better than much stuff he’s done before and especially afterwards. Still, it’s hard to…
It may not be as innovative as most of Nolan's other work, but as a crime thriller, Insomnia is top-notch filmmaking.
Christopher Nolan’s paycheck movie is a nice, little thriller drama, that could also work as a modern day premium cable mini series.
Pacino and Williams give both great intense, but restrained performances and the depiction of how it feels to be awake for too long is surprisingly realistic. Still, I don’t think this one has much of a re-watch value, but it’s a good movie to watch once.
So deeply lovable film, loved the directorial work of Christopher Nolam and so applauding performance from Al Pacino and Robin Williams. It was a grand duo-work and quite enticing to keep the trace of its each frame. You simply adore its cinematography at the end of the film. The chase-scene between Pacino and Williams and then Pacino's falling off the logs into the river is superbly done; enjoined by the suffocating scene and few others.
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