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…
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.
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…
Just to be completely up front I'd like to say that I'm a huge sucker for movies like this.
Insomnia is a detective mystery with a protagonist (Pacino) that doesn't have a firm grasp on reality after acquiring insomnia from working in a place where the sun doesn't set. There are a few fabulous scenes where we witness Pacino's grip slipping, and Pfister's wonderful lighting and composition give everything a slightly eerie and ominous air. Beyond that it was a fairly by-the-numbers thriller and definitely a disappointment after the masterpiece that is Memento, but for me the rather average story was elevated by the movie's uncertain grasp on reality.
It's also a movie about fantasy, one of my all-time favorite…
In what is perhaps Nolan's most straightforward film, he shows that he is a solid director when given weak material.
Having said that, he probably could have and should have made a better film than what in the end is a predictable and dime a dozen thriller. He's got a great cast to tell his story, but it almost feels as if he's content with the backdrop that is supposed to add something extraordinary to what is a painfully ordinary murder mystery.
This thriller never pushes the boat out anywhere, yet it is Nolan's solid pacing and his cinematographer's colour palette that make this film somewhat enjoyable. Pacino and Williams are ok, but completely outacted by Swank and that's about all there is to it.
Pretty pictures, a decent cast and a straightforward paint it by numbers plot make this a bit of inoffensive fluff which only crime is that it isn't as good as it should be.
Christopher Nolan doesn't half get some stick on LB. Can't quite understand that one, especially as his films have all achieved an impressive amount of success. Is that perhaps what the problem is?
Insomnia was Nolan's third film and he followed on from the wonderful neo-noir of Momento with a psychological thriller starring Al Pacino.Playing a detective hunting the killer of a teenage girl, this is a remake of a Norwegian film from a few years earlier. Nolan gave us this gripping and tense affair played out in the perpetual daylight of the Alaskan Summer and with a fair amount of stylish shots and a beautifully paced set-up, this was a compelling watch.
Sent up North from L.A to investigate…
Is 'Insomnia' as good as 'Memento'? No. But that's okay. I think as a film-lover in this age, it's hard not to instantly compare films. Comparisons by directors, actors, years, etc. But, it's not always necessary, and I don't think 'Insomnia' should be defined as being better or weaker than anything else Christopher Nolan has made.
The script is good, but not excellent. I love the atmosphere on display here, and I think the idea that things we'd normally see shrouded in darkness are bathed in light is brilliant. I do think Al Pacino has made a career out of sleepwalking through films the past 20 years or so, but I think that's why he was so well suited to…
I went into this film the best way, absolutely cold with no knowledge of the premise so I'll do anyone reading this the favour of doing the same.
It turned out to be one of my favourite Nolan films, way up there with The Prestige. Incredible acting on behalf of Al Pacino and Robin Williams. Wally Pfister's cinematography is incredible and all the elements of a Nolan film are here.
A must see.
El lado oscuro de Robin Williams, luego de One Hour Photo, y el grande de Al Pacino en uno de sus buenos roles de la última década (no hay muchos de estos). No es enteramente cautivante, pero las idas y venidas del guion definitivamente logran mantener la intriga de la siguiente escena a flote.
solid as always
Based on a Norwegian film from the 90s, this 00s remake from Christopher Nolan is an excellent one. Al Pacino plays a detective from LA coming into a sleepy town in Alaska with his partner to investigate a murder as a favour. With friction between his partner occuring almost immediately due to an unknown (but later revealed) backstory, and a tragic event that takes place in the early stages of the investigation, Pacino's story takes a hard turn. Hilary Swank plays an ambitious cop who looks up to him and does her best to help with the case.
Being so far north, the town is currently in a seasonal state of constant sunlight. This makes things tough for Pacino, who…
A well made tense thriller, Al Pacino and a superbly creepy Robin Williams are fantastic with great support from Hilary Swank. Quite often forgotten in conversation when talking about Christopher Nolan's films, i think it's very underrated and should be viewed and talked about a lot more.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The colors in this film are pretty fuckin' stellar.
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