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…
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.
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…
In what is perhaps Nolan's most straightforward film, he shows that he is a solid director when given weak material.
Having said that, he probably could have and should have made a better film than what in the end is a predictable and dime a dozen thriller. He's got a great cast to tell his story, but it almost feels as if he's content with the backdrop that is supposed to add something extraordinary to what is a painfully ordinary murder mystery.
This thriller never pushes the boat out anywhere, yet it is Nolan's solid pacing and his cinematographer's colour palette that make this film somewhat enjoyable. Pacino and Williams are ok, but completely outacted by Swank and that's about all there is to it.
Pretty pictures, a decent cast and a straightforward paint it by numbers plot make this a bit of inoffensive fluff which only crime is that it isn't as good as it should be.
Christopher Nolan doesn't half get some stick on LB. Can't quite understand that one, especially as his films have all achieved an impressive amount of success. Is that perhaps what the problem is?
Insomnia was Nolan's third film and he followed on from the wonderful neo-noir of Momento with a psychological thriller starring Al Pacino.Playing a detective hunting the killer of a teenage girl, this is a remake of a Norwegian film from a few years earlier. Nolan gave us this gripping and tense affair played out in the perpetual daylight of the Alaskan Summer and with a fair amount of stylish shots and a beautifully paced set-up, this was a compelling watch.
Sent up North from L.A to investigate…
Thanks to the great performances from Al Pacino and Robin Williams, the beautiful cinematography and some absolutely thrilling sequences, Insomnia is a tense, suspenseful and completely unpredictable film with great direction from Christopher Nolan and a chilling atmosphere.
NOT BAD AT ALL
I didn't hate this movie when I first watched it in 2002 - I just never felt a strong desire to revisit it. I've got to say, though - this movie is leaps and bounds improved by a second viewing. Solid stuff all around.
Interesting cast with Pacino and Williams (I believe this is the first time I see them together in a film). At some point I started to think who is really the villain, Robin Williams just isn't that kind of guy (or actor, I should say). Hilary Swank was so cute and adorable, that I kept forgetting she is into girls.
Beautiful Alaskian landscapes.
"Just let me sleep."
The most popular film of 2002 that I had not seen
Decent thriller, with a good performance by Williams and a very typical performance by Pacino- even Swank was ok, and she mostly annoys me. Good looking film.
Terribly underwhelming, that's all. Al Pacino's a terrible lead and Swank was underused.
Robin Williams Plays a good baddie
Psychological thriller from Christopher Nolan where he proves again that he's a master of creating the perfect thriller. Al Pacino plays LA detective Will Dormer, sent to a remote Alaskan town to help with an investigation into a teen murder. When his partner is killed, Dormer is racked with guilt over what happened and on top of that the case's prime suspect, Walter Finch, a writer played effectively by the late Robin Williams is playing mind games with him. Things aren't going great for Dormer and with brilliant local cop Ellie throwing herself into the case and the constant daylight that the Alaskan town has at that time of year, the sleep deprived detective is almost constantly on the edge…
Outstanding. Great director, great leading performances. Robin Williams is incredible in this.
- North by Northwest
- The Birds
- Ed Gein
- Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby
- Dario Argento's Phantom of the Opera
- Christina's House
With the announcement of the line-up for the 2013 FrightFest Halloween All-nighter, I thought it was about time there was…
- In the Loop
- Glengarry Glen Ross
- 12 Angry Men
- In Bruges
Is this a genre? If it is, I've found my favorite. I almost called this list "white men yelling at…