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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.
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…
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…
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…
Insomnia was a pretty good movie overall. Going in, I expected a decent crime thriller, and I got a little more than what I expected. This movie is very dark, but also very memorable and intense. I pretty much liked everything about this film, besides a few glaring flaws. And I have to say, this movie deserves so much more praise than it receives. All I ever hear people say is that it's not as good as Memento, but it's nearly as good in my eyes.
Insomnia follows two detectives who go to Alaska to investigate a dark crime. The story Insomnia has is very layered, and often straightforward, but this movie definitely packs certain twists that caught me off…
Pretty average thriller. Not up to the standards of Nolan's other work.
I don't have the energy recently to write proper reviews, but I loved this movie. While the star of most Christopher Nolan movies is the directing, I must say this time it was writing and, more prominently, the story itself. Great performances all around too, but I must say, I can't take Davis from Corner Gas seriously.
Holy shit, this does not hold up at all.
There were some things that were great about this film, just not enough.
Visuals were pretty good. Most notable was the log chase.
É uma mistura incessante de completa chatice, e de pura falta de vontade. Um roteiro falho. Com um grande elenco, mas nem isso o salva. Chega a ser o pior filme do Nolan (é muito difícil de se escolher o pior filme dele). Um drama totalmente forçado, forçado por tudo e por todos, além de ter duas longas horas de cansaço.
Bleh. It's decent, but there wasn't enough going on to keep me interested.
Judging by the title and poster I would expect something totally different.
Nolan's worst (thus far, and I haven't seen Following) but that's not a detriment against it. The story appears generic and straight-forward, but has some great depth to it and is always involving and interesting. Williams is terrific and Pacino drives the film, but I felt that Swank was fairly mediocre. Great direction and cinematography, beautiful landscapes, and some fantastic character development. A top-notch thriller.
Very good genre picture with Al Pacino in good form as a frazzled cop caught in a web of lies after accidentally shooting his partner chasing a murderer in misty, constantly daylight Alaska. It's sharp, sticks to the conventions (fine by me i like genre films) and has a guilt ridden insomniac Pacino going after killer Robin Williams. Ties itself in knots as it goes on (most Christopher Nolan films do) but generally very well done. I find Nolan's films too pretentious and longwinded so the fact this is straight and to the point makes it his best film in my view.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
This list was inspired by a conversation on the March 2nd/9th editions of Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo's film review, where…