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A seasoned LAPD detective remains unflinchingly committed to his mission: solving crimes and catching the criminals who commit them. When his partner is killed during the course of a homicide investigation in a remote Alaskan town, a grieving Dormer is forced into a compromising relationship with the primary suspect, that gradually undermines his judgment and threatens his psychological stability...and quite possibly his entire career.
Suspense Thriller - This dark, cerebral thriller will be best appreciated by the adult
audience. Those looking for a more traditional "find-the-killer"
crime drama may be disappointed as the film is a more complex,
character-driven piece. Sophisticated young adults and older teens
may enjoy. The film's dark subject matter, content, and language
make the film inappropriate for children.
PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity. SEX/NUDITY: Briefly glimpsed non-sexual nudity. VIOLENCE: Shootings and beatings; some blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use. ACTION: A foot chase and a shootout. COMEDY: A mild sex joke.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
These opinions are pretty mixed. When you see this many of the opinions concentrated in the "Very Good" to "Excellent" range, it's a movie I can easily recommend, but with a slight caution.
The caution is due to the fact that there are a relatively high number of opinions in the "Good" to "Poor" range. This tells me that some moviegoers didn't care much for "Insomnia."
Critics loved this movie, so if your taste in movies tends to run close to that of critics then your chances of enjoying "Insomnia" are quite high. For everyone else, I would say your chances of enjoying "Insomnia," at least to some degree, are quite good, especially if you appreciate great acting, which both the lead actors deliver.
Will Dormer (AL PACINO), a veteran LAPD detective travels to
a small Alaskan town with his partner Hap (MARTIN DONOVAN) to investigate
the disturbing murder of a seventeen year-old girl.
Under the glare of the region's perpetual daylight, Dormer
and Hap close in on the primary suspect, reclusive novelist Walter Finch (ROBIN
WILLIAMS). During a tense stakeout on a rocky, fog-shrouded beach, Finch slips
into the mist and out of Dormer's grasp. As he makes his escape, shots ring
out…and Hap is killed.
As he struggles to cope with his sense of responsibility and
remorse over his partner's death, Dormer is forced into a psychological game
of cat-and-mouse by the brilliantly malevolent Finch. The stakes escalate as
Dormer contends with an unproven but perceptive local cop (HILARY SWANK) and
becomes increasingly entangled in Finch's web of manipulation.
Unable to find respite from the relentless Midnight Sun or
his own distorted judgment, the dangerously sleep-deprived detective finds his
stability gravely threatened.