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.
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 carve 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…
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…
Ein melancholischer, unheilvoller Score setzt ein. Die ersten Bilder, eine karge Eiswüste, so zerfurcht und roh, dass sie fast surreal erscheint, ein Tuch saugt sich voll Blut, ein Mensch verreibt es auf einem Hemd - unscharf, mysteriös. Bereits diese ersten Sekunden in INSOMNIA lassen unmissverständlich durchscheinen, dass sich unheilvolles anbahnt. [...] Pacino und die Art wie er spielt muss man sicher mögen, doch sein leichter Hang zur Übertreibung, die explosiven Ausbrüche, all das trägt hier zu einer absoluten Glanzleistung bei. Den allmählichen Verfall der Sinne bringt er großartig rüber, jeder der schon mal sehr lange wach war wird hier einiges wiedererkennen. Gepaart mit der (für Nolan'sche Verhältnisse) geradezu feinfühligen Stilistik - die kurzen Flashs und Erscheinungen, aufgrund der Übermüdung werden…
My least favorite Nolan film, but still a pretty cool movie.
"Oh. This is it ?"
I have now seen all of Christopher Nolan's movies. I've been putting off Insomnia for a while because it looked quite boring, to be honest. As it turns out, I was right! The movie just doesn't work on the most basic level. I couldn't care less about the fate of any of the characters involved. This isn't an insult to Robin WIlliams' or Al Pacino's performances. They both clearly gave it their all despite the somewhat odd script.
Their relationship during the movie was supposed to be this tense, "high-stakes" kind of ordeal but instead it just played out as this sort of passive mildly agressive snooze-fest. Seriously. Robin Williams is an boring villain and…
Insomnia is just so bland and boring. Nothing of real substance here and the whole insomnia thing (what the whole movie is named after) is completely pointless to the plot of the film, and it would have played out exactly the same without it. Cinematography is overall boring, but there is some redemption in the acting.
"You don't get it do you, ******? You're my job. You're what I'm paid to do. You're about as mysterious to me as a blocked toilet is to a fucking plumber. Reasons for doing what you did? Who gives a fuck?"- Will Dormer.
A very decent thriller that uses the setting to advantage as it begins to wear on the main character within the main plot line.
Good acting from all esp Pacino and Williams.
No real SE's to speak of barring a neatly done underwater scene.
This film is worth a viewing for all lovers of thrillers.
Mediocre detective thriller. Which kinda surprised me because I've grown to expect more from Nolan.
This didn't feel like a Nolan movie. It wasn't necessarily bad, but it wasn't really good either in my opinion.
Can you get on the phone and call Pacino immediately for your next venture? Cant believe this was Michael Corleone's last great performance and easily the best thing about it along with the Cinematography of Wally Pfister...Robin Williams is okay but i expected more! Having said that i still prefer the original version for unexplainable reasons.
Nolan does it again in spades. "Insomnia" follows the story of a detective whose tasked with a murder case, but his inner battles changes the case and his life forever. Christopher Nolan makes the feel of the film very murky and dark and totally works with the subject matter. Al Pacino and Robin Williams give such deep and heart pounding performances that it elevated the film to a whole different level. The film is edited in a unique way that seems choppy at first, but by the end makes the film feel whole. The thriller aspect is really played up and is nailed perfectly. The film was a perfect crime drama.
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