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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…
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…
Uniquely un-Nolanesque for a Nolan film — and pretty damn good because of it. The plot deserved to be taken seriously and not be exaggerated, which is precisely what Nolan did. There is some very peculiar continuity oddness that from time to time can be off-putting; it seems that Insomnia might have benefited from a stricter producer and a shorter runtime. Otherwise it’s pretty good. Pacino is decent, even, which is unusual for this period of his career.
Finishing the Nolan filmography before Dunkirk (2017)
An original, tense, tightly written beautifully directed thriller. Al Pacino is amazing and Robin Williams and Jodie foster are great too.
God, this movie was so good. A great crime film, Robin Williams and Al Pacino really setting it off. I just, applaud Robin doing /acting/ work and bringing it realness outside of his common comedy duty to make us laugh but also makes you creeped out. H plays such a good bad-guy-psycho-maniac-monster. This film is so subtle and I expected that from Christopher Nolan. Al Pacino, amazing insomniac officer who was losing his way and the common cat and mouse story.
I adore Al and Robin together in this. It was a perfect casting decision and it's just so brilliantly made! Aesthetically beautiful too plus Al delivering good quotes. 10/10
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I feel like on some level 2002's Insomnia is probably the absolute best glimpse you'll ever get into the filmmaker who is Christopher Nolan. A remake of the 1997 Norwegian film of the same name, it is decidedly smaller-scale than the rest of his films. Yes, it's even smaller-scale than Memento which, while another small-scale thriller is more complex than this film because of the way its story is told. Because of Insomnia's slightly less complex nature, you can get a real read on his style of filmmaking through watching it. Insomnia may actually be the greatest litmus test of whether or not you're a true Chris Nolan fan. As for me, I actually think this is his best…
Whenever people talk about Nolan's best movies, I'm a bit surprised that this hasn't come up more often. It had me convinced it was gonna be one thing and then just flipped me on my ass and kept doing so until it was over.
Pacino and Williams are great as is Swank even though she didn't really have much to do sadly.
I'd put this up there with The Prestige and Inception as far as Nolan's greatest hits are concerned. Great stuff.
Very precisely directed and brilliantly acted. Though I wasn't entirely gripped by the story, it was something of an uninteresting concept, and the script wasn't perfect. Still had some very genuinely thrilling moments, I just wasn't 100% satisfied after the movie ended. Not Nolan's weakest film, but not one of his stronger ones either. 8/10
A very ordinary cop vs killer movie, though no tension is to be found at any point despite a fine cast and a much fapped to director leading the adaptation from the original source movie.
Polished, adult commercial filmmaking, much more than the straightforward procedural I was expecting.
Complete list. :-(