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INSOMNIA

 
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At Theaters: 5/24/2002 On Video: 10/15/2002
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 58 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409921
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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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.
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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.
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Al Pacino ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, THE INSIDER
Robin Williams DEATH TO SMOOCHY, BICENTENNIAL MAN, JAKOB THE LIAR
Hilary Swank THE AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE, THE GIFT
Maura Tierney FORCES OF NATURE, PRIMARY COLORS
Martin Donovan PORTRAIT OF A LADY
Nicky Katt WAY OF THE GUN
Paul Dooley RUN AWAY BRIDE
Director: Christopher Nolan MEMENTO
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About The Production
About The Filming
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Content Heading
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.
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Very Good

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Excellent "...I credit the luck of the remake (rent the striking original and judge for yourself), the talent of Nolan, and one more thing, too: a complexity of character increasingly rare in movies.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "For those who have not seen the earlier Insomnia, this motion picture delivers the goods. It's smart, well-acted, beautifully shot, and suspenseful. For those who are familiar with the source material, while there may be a sense that something is lacking, the movie still has the capacity to engage for two hours.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Very Good "Why Nolan took on this remake is easy to understand. Memento was one of a kind; the thought of another film based on a similar enigma is exhausting. Insomnia is a film with a lot of room for the director, who establishes a distinctive far-north location, a world where the complexities of the big city are smoothed out into clear choices''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Good "Nolan's reworking of the chilling Norwegian thriller INSOMNIA (1998)...; he elicits one of Pacino's most effectively subdued performances in years and uses Williams sparingly. Fans of the original will miss its relentless dyspepsia, but Nolan's intention was clearly to cast the material in a more conventional Hollywood mold without turning it into namby-pamby nonsense, and he succeeds admirably. '

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Based on an Exit Polling of 189 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
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Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
11
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
17
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
34
Fairly High
85%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
31
About 50/50
90%
30+Adults (M)
44
High
91%
30+Adults (F)
52
High
94%
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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.

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