One of my favourite genres. According to some people, some of the films here aren't really noirs/neo-noirs and some films…
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…
Yeah I don't know if I want to visit to Alaska since there's rarely nighttime and you don't know if its day or night just after watching this film. Otherwise a solid film by the great Nolan we trust.
While not a perfect film, Insomnia still makes up to its mistakes with great direction, fantastic performances, and interesting story.
Another great film from Nolan.
Insomnia was a good thriller let down by a mediocre ending. Al Pacino sure likes to chew gum and I swear I have bigger eye bags than him after just one or two nights of bad sleep, never mind if I were to pull multiple all-nighters. More seriously though, why did his character shoot to kill, especially when he couldn't see? Maybe I was just too young to notice or care in similar detective movies and shows before but wow, there are realy so many wild assumptions made by screen detectives about trivial things. This is especially noticeable when dealing with teenagers and their relationships/friendships as well as when aggressively interrogating people who could plausibly be innocent. You're putting someone under an awful lot of pressure when there's still a very real possibility they may not have done anything wrong. Nolan's original works are, for the most part, far better.
Was not what I expected after avoiding this film for almost a decade and a half. I am not a Robin Williams fan [RIP]; the reason I chose not to see the movie. While Insomnia is a bad problem in life, this movie is an excellent thriller. Hillary Swank holds her own against the two old fogeys.
If you want to see the film comparison of a dried asshole this is it.
Not Nolans best
This film shows that Nolan (and his brother) should never ever be allowed near a script
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
I know a lot of these aren't exactly high art masterpieces or classic films, but that's not what this list…