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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…
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…
Throughout his career, Christopher Nolan has proved himself time and time again to be adept at creating entertaining movies. However, his films aren't always as thematically complex as their concepts which are consistently lofty in ambition. A symptom of this problem of his is that his characters are rarely very engaging, and here, with his version of "Insomnia", this issue isn't solved despite a star-studded cast featuring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank.
The most irritating aspect of the film for me was the rhythm of the editing. It just felt super unnatural and was immensely distracting, because it felt far too quick for its own good. I'm not joking: the most mundane shot of two people talking is…
What a fucking amazing film! This is by far one of Nolan's best movies and I put it in My Top 3 along with Interstellar and Memento! Wow. Robin Williams and Al Pacino have jaw dropping performances here. What a beautifully crafted film! This movie reminds about why Nolan is one of the best directors of our time.
How amazing to see Pacino and Williams together, both very convincing, in particular Williams as the disturbingly calm killer.
The scene on the boat when they share a close-up for what feels like 10min is fantastic: the tone progressively changes as the two men talk and actually listen to each other, which you realise isn't so common in Hollywood films!
This remains a pretty bollocks film, like every Nolan I've seen...
Al Pacino's sleepy peformance is funny as hell.
A credible remake. But right now I'd say I still prefer the Norwegian Insomnia with Stellan Skarsgard.
The scenery is this film is breathtaking, I mean Alaska, Wow!!
This had some good twist and turns throughout the film but I finished watching the film and I wasn't taken away by it. Some people said this film was a complete mind fuck? was I missing something here? Just your average thriller to be honest. I'm not saying it was rubbish, it just didn't make my dick tingle.
Robin Williams was the star of the show for me, I like it when he plays a more serious character. LEGEND
Al Pacino was ok, although his heavy eyes as he got more and more tired throughout just annoyed me.
I don't know, I sit here and scratch my head, I…
Just middle of the road for me.
Everyone in it acts like the stakes aren't high, and the whole movie is a giant pickle that isn't very compelling. Pretty boring.
Insomnia is considered by many to be Christopher Nolan's worst film. I personally disagree. Not only do I not consider it his worst, I consider it to be an underrated Thriller. I think it has a solid script, that has some good dialogue, interesting characters, and a good mystery story. I also love the setting, the editing, the cinematography, and the score. What pushes the film to the next level from just being merely good, is the acting. Al Pacino gives a wonderful performance here, perhaps my favorite of his post 90's work. Robin Williams also delivers the goods here, with an atypical performance where he not only doesn't play a comedic part, but he plays the villain. The scenes between Pacino and Williams serve as the highlight of the film, as I love the back and forths between the two actors. Sure it's not Nolan's best, but it's not his worst either. 8/10
What I liked the Insomnia? The backdrops, the way the film is shot, the chase when Pacino and Williams first see each other, the constant daylight with losing the track of time and Robin Williams's performance.
The rest was kinda meh. It didn't feel like anything special. Maybe I expected way too much from this one. But it kinda fell dull. However it has gotten me interested in the original!
Maybe if I have given that one a shot, a rewatch of this one might be in place.
I know a lot of these aren't exactly high art masterpieces or classic films, but that's not what this list…
These are films that I've seen over the years that I've either liked or loved, but A LOT of people…