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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…
Insomnia, somewhat of an outlier in Nolan's filmography, tells a smaller story; more contained and isolated. It's noir with the lights on, set in a small Alaskan town where the sun never goes down, and sleep is a luxury not all can afford. Nolan's usage of this small detail is great, as much of the film toys with Pacino's inability to rest; an obvious result/metaphor of his conflicted mindset. He's a man at a crossroads, a hero grappling with the eventual tarnishing of his reputation. Pacino plays his part wonderfully, because the character; his mannerisms and personality feel very Pacino in essence. He's very at home in this role. This extends as well to Robin Williams, who is wonderful as…
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…
Insomnia represents Nolan at his best. Though often overlooked as a part of his filmography, Insomnia combines the best elements of all of Nolan's films. It has psychological elements, beautiful cinematography and production design, as well as top notch performances from Pacino, Swank and Williams. Nolan does an excellent job in creating an experience that feels emotionally exhausting, much in the way Pacino's character suffers insomnia in the land of the never setting sun. Nolan's films are largely criticized for their writing, and it shows that Nolan did not write the film. Though it fits his style, it doesn't have the same long winded exposition that sometimes hurt Nolan. Instead, Insomnia is an atmospheric and thrilling study of guilt, one that has unfortunately been overlooked.
Insomnia was really good.
Oh I'm sorry, did I say Insomnia? I meant Robin Williams.
The screenplay was interesting for sure, and I liked the concept despite its police procedural roots, but Nolan's direction was suprisingly dissppointing. Perhaps he's better off with a budget making ambitious visual marvels rather than a very confined personal slow thriller like this one.
Not many people are likely to rank INSOMNIA as their favourite Christopher Nolan film, and that's perhaps understandable. Coming after Nolan put himself on the map and caused a critical sensation with MEMENTO, but before BATMAN BEGINS propelled him to the blockbuster A-list and garnered him a wider mainstream audience, INSOMNIA is a quiet, low-key affair sandwiched between those two big career milestones. But while it may not be top-tier Nolan, INSOMNIA is a really good film in its own right.
This is a relatively rare example of a Hollywood remake of a foreign language film that's superior to the original, the beautifully desolate Alaskan setting adding an extra layer of atmosphere. And there's one small detail which totally transforms…
I wish this film would be better because the talent is so good. Robin Williams is absolutely fantastic in this film. His performance is so fully fleshed out that you really understand his character. Pacino for me doesn't really work in this film because he has the scent of a women voice and doesn't really bring the range I feel his role needs. The story is good, but I just don't think it completely gets this idea right.
While it may not be the deepest or most thought provoking psychological thriller, "Insomnia" ultimately works as well as it does due to the terrific performances of the cast. Al Pacino and Hilary Swank are terrific as usual but it's Robin Williams who steals the show as the menacing and creepy antagonist. Christopher Nolan direction is strong and has certain sequences that will surely have you gripping the edge of your seat. A rather underrated crime thriller.
Insomnia really does give you a lack of sleep.
Putting the thrill into 'thriller' Nolan drops Pacino in a chase for a smart, sadistic killer. Constantly one step ahead, as the bad guy, Robin Williams is smart, calm and very calculated.
Due more credit than granted, Insomnia brings the best out of its cast. Fast paced, elements of fear and almost always tense. With perfect setting, this foggy thriller is an all time great and must watch for any fan of the genre.
Definitely keep you on the edge of your seat!
This underappreciated Nolan movie battles MEMENTO for my favorite of his. I was going to list what elements make it so great, but honestly, it's just an extremely well crafted story all around.
Perhaps the standout here is Robin Williams, going darker than we're used to seeing him, even for his dramas. It's extremely tense and claustrophobic, the never ending daylight makes for a haunting town that feels like it's out of a storybook. Such a great movie.
The forgotten Nolan film. Completely underrated. Pacino and Robin Williams smash their roles, as does Hilary Swank.
A well acted film, that does a good spin on a normal murder mystery story.
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