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.
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…
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…
My Mom had this in her Netflix queue after I recommended it to her, so we watched it today and god damn, do I love this movie. The game played between Pacino and Williams is phenomenal and the setting in the film is beautiful. Usually I can only watch thrillers once, but Insomnia was almost better the second time around, and I'm sure it'll be even better the third time.
I havent seen this since the theater but I liked it. It was weird to see a Nolan movie edited so differently but still good!
Decent crime film, Pacino is always worth watching.
Never Lose your way
the consequences of lying
Considering I've been unable to find The Following anywhere, this is the only Nolan film I haven't watched yet. And it's the first Nolan film I don't love indescribably. I expected to love this unconditionally, simply knowing it was Nolan, but actually I ended up just feeling like it could have had so much more potential for the same reason. In saying that, it's a really solid film. Good performances, it looks good, and I genuinely felt increasingly tired as it progressed. It's a good slow burn thriller that drags a little too much at points and could have done a little more with its concept to make it stand out.
Was making my way though the Christopher Nolan Collection I picked up on Blu-Ray and this was the only Nolan film I had never gotten around to seeing, most likely because I had never met anyone who was like, "You've GOT to see this!"
Now I understand why.
This film screams generic crime drama, even with the interesting turn of events that bring Pacino and Williams together.
Maybe I'm judging this one harder because Nolan has set the bar so high over the years, but either way, this is my least favorite of his films.
Owned - Blu-Ray
I'm a massive Christopher Nolan fan having seen all his movies bar Following as of typing this and Insomnia is probably the closest to a police procedural on CBS (where his bother, Jonathan Nolan is doing the excellent Person of Interest)/NBC that he's done - because essentially it is one, only with Al Pacino and Robin WIlliams, who put in some fantastic acting here. The cinematography is excellent and the atmosphere is superb, with some great, haunting visuals and an excellent setting. Hillary Swank is able to hold her own against Pacino and Williams as well, with the excellent cast really helping this movie shine.
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