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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…
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…
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…
I have seen this before, did not remember anything of it really and was kind of entertained this time around. Loved the fog and the cold light in the night. I think this is one of the films that get better on the second or third go.
A muted Nolan but a deliberate and calculated Nolan nonetheless.
Yeah, that's how I remembered this. I wish it did something for me, but alas.
"Insomnia" was directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Al Pacino, Hilary Swank, and Robin Williams. The film follows two Los Angeles detectives who are investigating a murder in a small Alaskan town.
This film had "Fargo" like feel to it. Small town, big crime, and an investigation for the killer. While there are obviously differences in story, this is a very good movie with strong performances. Al Pacino plays the detective, and he gives the best performance of the movie. Without spoiling, you can see his persistence in solving this case, but also the mental battle he's fighting. Hilary Swank was very good as well, but I did have trouble connecting with her. The one who gives the most surprising…
This is the last Christopher Nolan film I still hadn't seen. It's definitely not his best, but still held my attention. Ostensibly, it's a murder mystery, but it ends up being more of a morality tale for Pacino's character. It's also Robin Williams' creepiest role after One Hour Photo. Another interesting fact is this movie has small roles by both Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins, from the Ginger Snaps movies.
Definitely not Nolan's best but probably my favourite (at least tied with 'Batman Begins') because I love the Norwegian original so much AND the subtle changes Nolan made with it, as well as what the three stars (Al Pacino, Robin Williams--in his first villainous role, I believe, and Hilary Swank--in probably my favourite performance of hers, next to the downright decadence and naughtiness she displayed in 'The Black Dahlia') bring to the table here. I greatly enjoyed the five short extras on my DVD (a double-sided disc I bought years ago that has 'The Devil's Advocate' on the other side, yet unwatched): a conversation/interview of Nolan with Pacino; 'Day for Night: The Making of...'; 'In the Fog' (which interviewed cinematographer…
Al Pacino und Robin Williams spielen Katz-und-Maus in diesem unterhaltsamen Frühwerk von Christopher Nolan
Das Darsteller-Trio von Pacino, Williams und Hillary Swank ist sehr stark und kann über einige Plot-Längen hinwegtrösten. Die Kamera-Arbeit von Wally Pfister ist wunderschön anzuschauen und auch die Story kann sich größtenteils sehen lassen, jedoch lässt sich der Eindruck nicht abschütteln, dass Nolan nicht der richtige Mann für einen Film von dieser Art ist. Er hat keinen schlechten Job gemacht, aber dennoch lässt er die Leichtfüßigkeit von "Memento" und die Dimension seiner späteren Werke vermissen.
Ein guter Cop-Thriller, aber ein durchschnittlicher Film für Regisseur Christopher Nolan
Weirdly its Hilary Swank's performance that really kills this movie for me. Her naivete just never works well enough for this to come together properly.
Seven meets Fargo from the director of Memento and Inception.
Now what kind of film fan wouldn't want to see that?
Alright, Hillary Seitz's screenplay does carry more than its fair share of cop/killer thriller clichés but for every element it borrows there's more than enough invention on show to put such criticisms to rest. The unsettlingly mundane central location and its gradual psychological effects, as brilliantly captured through Wally Pfister's cinematography. The fast and frenetic yet never aggravating editing style courtesy of Dody Dorn that never bewilders any more than the plot does. Even the sound design is exceptional without ever conceding into cheap jolting tricks or prolonged drones. And this is all before mentioning David Julyan's sublime scoring or three terrific performances wonderfully suited to each actor.
Tense, twisty and thoroughly involving. How did we all let this slip under the radar so easily?