With the announcement of the line-up for the 2013 FrightFest Halloween All-nighter, I thought it was about time there was…
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Made in the wake of Memento, but before his big budget Batman films, Insomnia catches Christopher Nolan right before his true rise to fame, and still experimenting with the tropes and stylings that would later define his work. As such, it feels a bit transitory, and while still a good film, is not quite as strong or as tightly wound as it could have been.
Set in the cold Alaskan wilderness town of Nightmute, Insomnia concerns Al Pacino's world weary LA detective Frank Dormer, who is tasked to investigate the murder of a local teenage girl. Over the course of the film, we see not only the effects of the Alaskan White Nights (a phenomenon where the sun refuses to…
The performances of the actors were great. Another good film from Christopher Nolan.
It's honestly easy to forget that this film even exists. Heralded at the time of its release as a smart psychological thriller in the vein of the best works of David Fincher, Insomnia has since been overlooked as that "other" film that Nolan had directed. And though it may lack the ambitions of Memento or the notoriety of his Dark Knight trilogy, Insomnia is still a welcome addition to Nolan's filmography, an entertaining film if not a perfectly executed one.
The strength of this film really lies in two things: the twin performances from Al Pacino and Robin Williams and the strength of the script. Based on a Norweigian film of the same name (which I have not seen, for…
Not the best picture from Pacino, but he acts once more brilliantly - Williams has not convinced me that much, although i had him seen in more comedian roles - by the way RIP MR. Williams! what a tragedy!!
The script is very good though.
I watched both the original this year and now the remake - and I'd probably give them both the same score. Where this remake is more procedural making it a bit broader and accessible to American audiences - it adds a wonderful sense of flair and some beautiful cinematography. The Swedish original felt much more muted and noir-ish - where instead of it being a movie about catching the bad guy - it's more a movie about not getting caught.
I picked Insomnia up this past weekend for $3 at the used store because apparently Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins from Ginger Snaps were in it. Katharine with a much more important role and Emily with a sneaky cameo. Then…
Thriller bastante clasicon, pero q se destaca un poco x el gran casting, nada mas.
Insomnia arguably represents Christopher Nolan’s most forgotten film. Following may have been his smallest, but it at least has the distinction of being his first to help people remember it exists. Insomnia, on the other hand, is Nolan’s first foray into big studio work with A-list actors. Given that, it seems more people should recall this film. As it turns out, it is Nolan’s most forgotten film because it is the most forgettable of his movies.
Insomnia recounts the tale of Will Dormer (Al Pacino), an L.A. detective sent to Alaska (with his partner played by Martin Donovan) to investigate the shocking murder of a local teenager. Aiding him is eager newbie of Nightmute, Alaska police force Ellie Burr (Hilary…
La sensación de aislamiento esta perfectamente lograda por la excelente dirección de fotografía y el diseño de producción. Aunque el cast luce desdibujado ante Al Pacino que, aún cuando parece que va en automático, se ve comprometido es realmente Robin Williams quien sale al tope de todo esto. Como lo dice el mismo actor en varias entrevistas relacionadas a este film: "no es el tipo que va por ahí con cara y voz tenebrosa diciendo que ha cometido los actos más macabros e inimaginables el que da miedo, no, es el tipo que habla de eso con la misma naturalidad con la que se tomaría un café; ese es el tipo al que no quisiera tener nunca cerca".
A fun, suspenseful movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Pacino and Williams steal the show.
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