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.
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 carve 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.
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…
Review In A Nutshell:
After seeing Interstellar, I wanted to go watch an early Christopher Nolan film, just to remind me of the days when he used to make films with straight forward intentions. The first film that sprung up on my mind was his debut film, Following, but sadly I cannot find a copy of that film here in Australia, so the next best thing would be Insomnia; I know I could have went with Memento but I have seen it already and this would have been a wonderful opportunity to explore uncharted areas of his filmography.
Watching Insomnia after Interstellar came as a bit of a shock to me. Due to the last few films I have seen…
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…
This film is pretty good, but as a Nolan film i was a little dissapontied about it. Yes, the film has mistery and twists etc. but is not as misterious and confusing as any of his other films.
It's pretty average.
Every NOLAN's movie deserved to be for million times re-watch and Insomnia is one of the best Psychological thriller from that Filmography !!
A taut character study disguised as a psychological thriller. The fact that I would rank this near the bottom of Christopher Nolan's movies is a testament to the strength of his filmography. Al Pacino's performance as the cop that can't sleep is engrossing and physically exhausting to watch, literally. Robin Williams steals every scene that's he in, but especially in an incredibly disturbing and effective cross-cutting sequence that'll stay with me for a while. Hilary Swank seems a little out of place to me here, but I think that's more of a script issue than anything else. The plot never expanded or complicated like I expected it to, but I nevertheless appreciated the character development.
My review -- this film is now on DVD and it made a very handsome profit of roughly $67 million. The storyline/contents well we as viewers follow the lead Detective Will Dormer as he is sent to this little community in the countryside to solve this crime, but whilst he is there this is not the only sin he will come face-to-face with, to see what I am talking about you will have to watch this film? The biggest asset of Insomnia has to be the partnership of Robin and Al, it has everything in it such as a slightly dark and cynical sense of humour, a beautiful battle of wills, logic and wisdom with a very precise back and…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
7.5/10. Good thriller
"Can't sleep...clown'll eat me." -- Al Pacino
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