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 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…
Christopher Nolan’s paycheck movie is a nice, little thriller drama, that could also work as a modern day premium cable mini series.
Pacino and Williams give both great intense, but restrained performances and the depiction of how it feels to be awake for too long is surprisingly realistic. Still, I don’t think this one has much of a re-watch value, but it’s a good movie to watch once.
So deeply lovable film, loved the directorial work of Christopher Nolam and so applauding performance from Al Pacino and Robin Williams. It was a grand duo-work and quite enticing to keep the trace of its each frame. You simply adore its cinematography at the end of the film. The chase-scene between Pacino and Williams and then Pacino's falling off the logs into the river is superbly done; enjoined by the suffocating scene and few others.
With stella performances and Nolan showing a welcome lack of pretentiousness, Insomnia is a heady crime thriller that's super engaging. A major downside is the lack of a proper third act. The film wraps up its plot threads very quickly and the film feels rushed towards the end. This shouldn't detract from the evocative talent and setting and the film is competent as a whole. I'm happy to find a Nolan film that I enjoyed.
As lackluster as I recalled. Waking out of this in 2002 expecting "the new movie from the guy who made Memento" must have been a massive letdown.
누가 뭐래도 이건 여름 영화구나.
동명의 원작 영화 (1997)을 못봐서. 그런데 원작 영화를 헐리우드식으로 개작했다고, 더 쉽고 재밌다고 하는데 오히려 그래서 어정쩡해진 느낌. 섬유, 피, 눈덮인 산맥의 교차 이미지로 시작하는 타이틀(오프닝) 시퀀스와 알 파치노가 오랜 잠에 빠져드는 파이널 시퀀스. 기억해두자. 설산 같은 거. 비교적 스타일-중립적인 미술이나 촬영 같은 것에서 놀란 느낌이 묻어나긴 했다. 좀 억지로 갖다 붙이자면 자기가 저지른 일 때문에 괴로워하는 남자 주인공도
힐러리 스웽크가 이렇게 예뻤던가. 기능적인 연기를 해도 은은하게 빛난다.
Nota = 6
Enjoyable crime drama that requires suspension of critical thinking more than a couple of times to get immersed in, but it's an entertaining plot and Hilary Swank out-acts Pacino a few times.
Not Nolan's best film, nor his ambitious but it's a great flick and Pacino and Williams are great. Enjoyable, somewhat by the books flick.
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