Don't close your eyes.
Al Pacino stars as detective Dormer who is looking for the culprits who made him take the blame for a crime. The internal affairs office in Los Angeles meanwhile sends him to Alaska to investigate the death of a 17 year old. The film is a remake of the 1997 Norwegian film of the same name.
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.
Probably thought of as Nolan's weakest film, this is still a cut above most other thrillers. The acting is superb. Pacino is really good here (though the scars from Jack and Jill still haven't healed) and Williams gives one of his finest dramatic performances.
"I can't judge. There are two kinds of people in Alaska: those who were born here and those who come here to escape something. I wasn't born here."
Christopher Nolan Insomnia is a nice and by the numbers thriller that relays on the performances of the actors and the atmosphere of the film to break apart from other thrillers.
The film relays heavily on Al Pacino, that even do he is not at his best, he is very damn good, even Al Pacino half given a damn is better than 100% effort from other actors.
The film looks good and the soundtrack is decent enough, this is not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon. 'Insomnia' works as a thriller and is engaging enough, but is nothing memorable, specially because this was Nolan follow-up to Memento.
It's a solid thriller with a story about right and wrong and how the bad decisions in life can affect you deeply.
Insomnia it's just that, the less you sleep the more you get tired and your mind starts to be messed up. And so it is with the bad decisions we make, the more time passes the more conscience weighs.
Al Pacino is always great, Hilary Swank and Robin Williams give very good performances as the supporting cast. Williams gives one of his best dramatic performances!
I just love Christopher Nolan's movies, he is very good!
I love this film but it does make me feel very tired! Just looking at Pacino's heavy eyelids, staring eyes and sagging face are enough to make the most caffeine injected feel sleepy. The thing that keeps this film motoring is that it is a very tight thriller, expertly edited and a great mystery. The stunning Alaskan backdrops, the quiet and lulaby-esque soundtrack, the brilliant use of frames-missing and frames-added for hallucination effects and the flashback used, all combine to make a rather riveting and cleverly put together thriller. Robin Williams suprises again as being extremely competent in serious roles. Nolan’s lesser known success. A must see.
I originally saw Insomnia pre-Nolan the global phenomenon. I had no idea who he was back then because I wasn't as into film as I am now. When I watched it back in 2002 I found it boring, and I guess it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I think I was expecting more of a typical thriller with a serial killer being pursued by the police. Now it's 2013 and I've become a huge Nolan fan. I love most of his films so I decided a re-watch was long over do.
As it turns out this film is a lot better than I originally gave it credit for. It's a not great but solid police procedural film with some…
While it is Nolan's weakest, it still pulls out some great performances from Williams and Pacino. It has a more of straight forward plot than his other work but Nolan makes it a lot more effective than other thrillers out there. The gloomy lonely cinematography is prominently shown to a great effect in actually making you slightly tired.
I remembered this was a good movie, and it still is. Not a brilliant one, but good.
I love the scenery. The exotic setting is why I wanted to watch this. Al Pacino was good as the dazed and confused detective Dormer. He seems to be a bit absent-minded to begin with, and the insomnia sure doesn't help. Robin Williams was creepier than I expected. Hilary Swank is good, as always.
The atmosphere is thrilling. The small town problems and people, the highly unusual event of a murder of a young woman. Solving the murder seems to be pushed into the background, while more pressing matters surface. Good music, good camerawork, especially the fog scenes were great.
Por lo que se ha visto de Nolan ésta película no parece de su altura, pero como me gustó. Es la clásica de su genero, aunque algo rara. Porque uno no duda gracias al misterio que plantan, sino que uno duda del misterio mismo y la verdad es que no sabes como terminará. Luego que el misterio desaparece entra en el campo de la tensión, la cual se hace sentir hasta el final, en donde por fin uno puede estar en paz.
Pacino vs Williams, you wouldn't think it'd be so hard!
Pacino is terrible but Williams is good, he was obviously in his creepy phase (One Hour Photo, Bicentennial Man).
The last time Robin Williams was tolerable
While it obviously lacks Nolan's incredible and unique writing, the film is a rather well-done drama, and Robin Williams gives a great performance, and goes off of his usual comedic acting.
I had heard very mixed things about this film going into it, as many people feel that it is Nolan's weakest movie and having now watched it (despite the fact I am still yet to watch his debut effort "Following") I would probably agree. As others have stated I too felt Pa Cino was a bit too old for the role as the scenes with him chasing Robin Williams (who was very well cast...) and him seducing a 17 year old girl feel a tad ridiculous.... Furthermore the scenes of the film didn't really reach the heights I thought the film was capable of
Saying that though, this is by no means a bad film, as from the first scene…
What if Nolan directed Twin Peaks?
You never get a straight forward film when you're watching Nolan, and that's why he's one of the best filmmakers working today.
A standard procedural thriller that gets flipped on it's head after half an hour. Al Pacino at his most toned down and his performance is awesome. Robin Williams again showing that he can play it straight and menacing.
And even in the bleakness, Wally Pfister makes everything looks very, very pretty.