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 "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…
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…
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…
I believe this is a remake of a "European" film. It's pretty bad. I'm going to watch the original version soon, so it's hard to comment on this film without having seen that first.
Certainly there are some interesting ideas in this film, visual and otherwise, from the logs in the river, to the neverending sun, to two killers, one a police officer, working together to keep themselves free and clear.
I loved the feel of this movie, the bright blue colours made everything feel harsh and cold. Al Pacino was so great at being tired. I wanted to sleep after watching this
Pacino is incredible!
I'm a sucker for crime dramas through and through, and Christopher Nolan's third film barely whelmed me. 'Insomnia' is led by world class actor Al Pacino and the late and great Robin Williams. When these actors were together on screen the vibe was electric. As a massive fan of my favorite director in Hollywood, Christopher Nolan, I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into this film.
'Insomnia' was a.....good film, not great, not bad, but definitely Nolan's weakest film to date. Nolan's BFF Wally Pfister does an incredible job capturing the eerie tone of this tale, the shots throughout this film were stunning and beautifully crafted for a 2002 film. Some scenes I felt were overacted by Pacino and Williams…
A taut, well directed thriller.
"There goes my lunch"... A banal line which curtly hints towards a larger world than what is shown. A world in which Al Pacino's insomniac detective eats and attempts to sleep within. Insonmia has a great mise-en-scene and Al Pacino, who always looks like he writes his own lines, embeds us into it. More films should be shot in Alaska.
The cop thriller genre seems such a cliche and a foundation of the movies that we overlook that somebody actually has to go out and make them. We think that they just exist. It is a genre that we think we are tired of but one that is surprisingly rare and difficult to get right. It seems scary to say…
Very good film about a cop with a questionable past, hunting down a killer in Alaska. Love the setting. The actors are great, the story is very good. Very good movie.
Who has two thumbs and loves blow-jobs? Nicky Katt.
Directed by a wet piece of paper.
- North by Northwest
- The Birds
- Ed Gein
- Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby
- Dario Argento's Phantom of the Opera
- Christina's House
With the announcement of the line-up for the 2013 FrightFest Halloween All-nighter, I thought it was about time there was…
- In the Loop
- Glengarry Glen Ross
- 12 Angry Men
- In Bruges
Is this a genre? If it is, I've found my favorite. I almost called this list "white men yelling at…