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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Takes an atmospheric, morally gray Norwegian neo-noir and turns it into a moralistic, unsubtle and unambiguous CSI Hollywood thriller. It would perhaps be easier to like without having the original to compare it to, but when the original handles almost every aspect better and is far more ambitious, it's hard not to dismiss this remake. It's not a bad film though and it's certainly engaging and hits the mark just as often as it misses. It's different enough from the original that it's not completely redundant, it's just unfortunately rarely as good.
Lost in a fog somewhere between two and a half and three stars.
I just fancied watching a good movie.
Liked this one quite a bit more than I remembered. Far from Nolan's best but a solid thriller. Robin Williams is great.
Decent flick. Worth watching for Al Pacino and Robin.
While Insomnia doesn't twist or turn like Christopher Nolan's other films, it is nonetheless an assured, high-quality effort from him featuring a pair of supremely talented actors in the leads.
RIP Robin Williams.
Al Pacino is odd in this movie because the more and more his character progresses the better performance he gives. His Insomnia is done very well. And Robin Williams is a great counter to Al Pacino because he is almost the opposite of him and is really cunning. A great performance by him. Hilary Swank does a good as well as the young cop figuring things out for herself in the process. The direction is fantastic and the movie is just shot very well over all. I don't absolutely love this film. I don't think that the pace keeps me engaged and the third act somewhat falls apart in my eyes, but that still couldn't ruin this really good movie for me at least. I give Insomnia a 3 out of 4 stars
Al Pacino is odd in this movie because the more and more his character progresses the better performance he gives. His Insomnia is done very well. And Robin Williams is a great counter to Al Pacino because he is almost the opposite of him and is really cunning. A great performance by him. Hilary Swank does a good as well as the young cop figuring things out for herself in the process. The direction is fantastic and the movie is just shot very well over all. I don't absolutely love this film. I don't think that the pace keeps me engaged and the third act somewhat falls apart in my eyes, but that still couldn't ruin this really good movie for me at least.
It's a decent film with a good cast but I was expecting there to be more mystery than drama and in this respect it didn't really deliver.
Great writing. Another awesome Nolan film.
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