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…
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…
Was making my way though the Christopher Nolan Collection I picked up on Blu-Ray and this was the only Nolan film I had never gotten around to seeing, most likely because I had never met anyone who was like, "You've GOT to see this!"
Now I understand why.
This film screams generic crime drama, even with the interesting turn of events that bring Pacino and Williams together.
Maybe I'm judging this one harder because Nolan has set the bar so high over the years, but either way, this is my least favorite of his films.
Owned - Blu-Ray
I'm a massive Christopher Nolan fan having seen all his movies bar Following as of typing this and Insomnia is probably the closest to a police procedural on CBS (where his bother, Jonathan Nolan is doing the excellent Person of Interest)/NBC that he's done - because essentially it is one, only with Al Pacino and Robin WIlliams, who put in some fantastic acting here. The cinematography is excellent and the atmosphere is superb, with some great, haunting visuals and an excellent setting. Hillary Swank is able to hold her own against Pacino and Williams as well, with the excellent cast really helping this movie shine.
Definitely one of Christopher Nolan's lesser films, which sounds like a disservice but is in actual fact a compliment considering his near perfect track record. Insomnia is a damn good film with brilliant performances from Al Pacino and Robin Williams; terrific photography by Nolan's go-to DP Wally Pfister. Interestingly the only film Nolan has done that he hasn't written, instead adapted from the screenplay of original 1997 Swedish film by Hillary Seitz. I do still think Nolan's version is superior: a great watch that I strongly recommend to all.
Owned - Blu-Ray
This 2002 American crime thriller is directed by Christopher Nolan as remake of the 1997 Norwegian film of the same name. It stars Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank and Maura Tierney.
LAPD Detective Will Dormer (Pacino) and Hap Eckhart (Martin Donovan) are brought in to help solve the murder of a 17yr old girl in the fishing town of Nightmute, Alaska which is basked in perpetual daylight. They are welcomed by the police chief who is a friend of Will’s.
As the investigation begins and the police attempt a sting operation, but it goes wrong in low laying fog when the suspect sees them waiting and runs. During the chase, Will shoots his pistol into the fog only to…
Dei som seier at Al Pacino tek for hardt i når han brøler i denne filmen, har tydeligvis ikkje vore trøytt og stressa før. Eg elskar filmar som utnyttar settingen sin, og det er tilfellet her. Ofte i Nolan sine actionsekvensar kjenner eg meg desorientert, og for ein gongs skuld passar det, når tåkejakta etter mordaren er ein forvirrande setting. Mordaren er for øvrig ein veldig god karakter, og sjølv om dette var andre gong eg såg denne filmen undervurderte eg han.
Som sjåar er eg overtydd om at Pacino er ein korrupt men uegoistisk politidetektiv, i det at han kun går utom boka når han skal få kriminelle fengsla. Imidlertid virkar det ikkje som at han er stolt av…
Thank god Nolan didn't write this.
And then Robin Williams’ character makes his first phone call, and it’s “A-ha, now I get why Christopher Nolan signed on.” Protagonist/antagonist doppelganger shades of grey, a plot that forces questions about which of your morals trump your other morals. Yup.
Ladies and gentlemen… ALASKA! Goodness gracious glacierness, those are some lovely locations. Real places, people. They photograph different than your impossible CG wonderworlds, and we should know when to use which.
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