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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.
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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
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.''
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 OnlineFull
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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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.