Insomnia

Insomnia

DVD - 2002
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Crime never sleeps and neither does the veteran LAPD homicide detective invited to Nightmute, Alaska to head a murder investigation there. He finds the investigation disrupted by an ever-shining midnight sun that wreaks sleep-depriving havoc on his body clock. As his consciousness becomes more unstable, he is nagged by a sense of personal guilt over a second crime that might just be real.

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Janice21383
Sep 02, 2017

They sent Al Pacino to investigate a murder in Alaska. Sure. He'll blend right in. Otherwise, this is a perfectly fine version of the 1999 Norwegian film. Both are enjoyable, but together, they are an interesting and unusual example of original vs. Hollywood remake that goes not from outstanding to bad, but from outstanding to good. The original is a character study that does not lose its grip on a compelling story, and Nolan's remake is mostly a traditional police procedural, in which things are S-P-E-L-L-E-D O-U-T for you, without, in fairness, going overboard. Skarsgard gives the performance of his career, whereas Pacino, whose performance is better than most he has given in recent years, is still on the hammy side. Watch the original first, and this one second, and see what you think.

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BaleHead
Sep 01, 2017

Widely considered Christopher Nolan's weakest film, I believe it is severely underrated and flawless. The film is tense and taut. Somehow makes you feel as if you were suffering from insomnia just like Al Pacino's character. Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank are all excellent in this.

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akirakato
Aug 31, 2017

Directed by Christopher Nolan in 2002 based on the original 1997 Norwegian film of the same name, this 118-minute film turns into a well crafted psychological thriller.
Superb are the performances of Al Pacino and Robin Williams.
Erik Skjoldbjærg, the director of the original film, said of Nolan's reinterpretation: "When I first saw it was a very strange experience because it was quite close, stylistically, to the original. I felt lucky that it's such a well crafted, smart film and that it had a really good director handling it, because as a remake I think it did really well and it doesn't hurt any original if a remake is well done."
Well, I should see the original as well.

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nw_writer
Jul 16, 2017

An often-overlooked Christopher Nolan film, this one is just as tense and intelligent as the rest. Nolan takes what could've been routine thriller material and elevates it into a morally complex meditation on seeking justice. Watching this one, you can see why he was drawn to making Batman films - Al Pacino's weary, troubled cop faces some of the same dilemmas the Dark Knight does. Fans of Michael Mann's Heat (1995) - a major influence on Nolan's work - will enjoy seeing Pacino essentially reprise the role he played in that earlier movie. Insomnia is a film that stays with you, as deeply haunting as its Alaskan setting.

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reverendmike
Jun 17, 2017

I was kind of underwhelmed. The acting by Robin Williams and Hilary Swank was very good. Al Pacino is talented, though unremarkable here. The photography is great: Alaska (actually, I think it was filmed in British Columbia) looks both majestic and confining at the same time. The story was interesting, but I never really bought into it. You won't dislike the movie, but it isn't spectacular. I am no expert, but I can probably name 25 other films that you "must watch" before this one ... maybe 100 others before this one.

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books4jewel
Feb 18, 2016

What a great movie! I was totally on the edge of my seat during much of this movie. Fantastic story, photography and acting!

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readyrisa
Feb 25, 2015

Awesome thriller, great performances, beautiful scenery of Alaska. Wonderful movie.

RobertLR May 16, 2013

maybe B- probably C+

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tj_is_cool
Mar 29, 2011

Not believable. Not entertaining.

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

The acting, especially Robin Williams as the key suspect in the child slaying, is top notch. Williams is made for these roles, he should kiss the suck-up feel-good stuff goodbye for good. The photography is excellent, Alaska never looked so ominous, and the direction delivers the goods. Highly recommended.

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bdls206
Mar 31, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Mar 31, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Mar 31, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Sunnchilde Aug 19, 2011

"I guess it's about what you thought was right at the time. And what you're willing to live with."

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

Fred Duggar: What has two thumbs and likes blowjobs?
[Points to himself with both thumbs] This guy!

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

Dormer: You shouldn't knock misdemeanors.
Det. Ellie Burr: Oh, but it's small stuff. It gets so boring.
Dormer: It's all about small stuff. You know, small lies, small mistakes. People give themselves away, same in misdemeanors as they do on murder cases. It's just human nature. Aren't you gonna write that down?

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Sunnchilde Aug 19, 2011

It would be easy for overlook this film because it's so quiet. A heinous crime in a sleepy little town in the middle of nowhere. Who cares? But inside this story lies the path to evil. One small gesture, leads to a small crime that suddenly leads to murder. How did we get here? What happened? How did this happen? Detective Dormer is called in to small town Alaska to solve the crime in a town so small that everybody knows everyone. Some things go wrong and now Dormer is on the defensive and the killer is stalking him.
Inside this story is the path to hell. Small things, bigger things, really large things and now murder may be your only way out. These people never saw this coming. And these are damaged people. They all have a dark back-story and they all pretend at civility but there's a reason they're living in that small town. They have secrets.
This is a psychological thriller that while well written is quite deliberate in its pace. The beauty of the Alaskan countryside is breathtaking but never forget that this is a rugged land filled with predators.

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

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.

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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