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Insomnia (2002) Movie Information

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Christopher Nolan


Al Pacino
Martin Donovan
Robin Williams
Hilary Swank
Nicky Katt
Larry Holden





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Two detectives go to a small, northern town where the sun never completely sets to investigate some murders. -- sapien

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Nolan slowly builds this thriller frame by frame, until it reaches its chilling conclusion. The film works so well because it is built on a fantastic cat-and-mouse relationship between heroes and villain, with 3-D characters that are backed by immersive acting performances. Robin Williams, particularly, plays against his comedic type and is spellbinding in a very different role for him. The film's play with shadows and lighting is almost a character in and of itself.

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Snoogans 08/26/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Starts off on familiar thriller ground, but quickly snakes it way into a tightly woven and perfectly crafted piece of work. The mid-way surprise, introduction of Williams' character, and Pacino's insomnia are all elements that elevate the movie with the help of Nolan's directing.

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The Film Rebel 08/19/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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An underrated masterpiece from the Alfred Hitchcock of our generation, Christopher Nolan. Complete with brilliant performances and a chilling atmosphere. One of the best films of the decade.

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09/02/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Don't lose your way".

Det. Will Dormer: "Don't lose your way". The story is about Al Pacino as Detective Will Dormer, a Los Angeles Police Department legend who temporarily escapes an internal affairs investigation that may ruin his career by traveling to Nightmute, AK, the remote site of a murder that has the local authorities flummoxed. Along with his partner, Hap Eckhart (Martin Donovan), and the small town's wide-eyed rookie investigator, Ellie Burr (Hilary Swank), the exhausted Dormer probes the brutal slaying of a teenage girl who was rumored to have a secret lover. A clever ruse quickly lures the killer into a police trap, but the suspect escapes and a tragic accident at the scene leaves Dormer at the mercy of the murderer, a pulp crime novelist named Walter Finch (Robin Williams). As Finch pl...

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10/06/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A potent thriller with power packed Pacino

Insomnia is a psychological thriller directed by Christopher Nolan. The basic theme, is about crime investigation. Not in million times I have seen, crime thrillers. But as far as Insomnia is considered, it is a good theme. A perfect scenario is set. A perfect Alaskan location for the gripping tale. So one might be aware of psychological stunner from Nolan in the form of Memento. After memento, insomnia is a film that keeps a good grip.

A crime scene is set in Alaska where a 17 year old girl is murdered. Los Angeles cops Dormer played by Pacino and Eckhart, come to find clues behind murder and catch the culprit. Dormer traps the culprit, but in a gritty fog location, Dormer shoots his own partner. He hides the truth and calls for help. Having insomnia due to this, he behaves strangely....

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01/22/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"insomnia" by Yojimbo

A Los Angeles detective under investigation by internal affairs flies to Alaska to assist in the investigation of the murder of a 17 year old girl. I'd been avoiding this one despite the highly promising combination of Pacino and Nolan, mainly because of the highly unpromising presence of Robin Williams. This kind of gimmicky casting can occasionally pay dividends, but usually backfires disastrously. Here, thankfully, Williams acquits himself adequately and fails to wreck the film. It unsurprisingly belongs lock, stock and barrel to Pacino who is as strong as always, giving a very human portrayal of a good cop with frailties forced into an unwanted and unwilling alliance with the murder suspect he is pursuing. For me, more could've been made of the psychological and hallucinatory effects ...

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