Critic Consensus: Driven by Pacino's performance, Insomnia is a smart and riveting psychological drama.
A sleep-deprived detective is sent to a small Alaskan town to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. Forced into a psychological game of cat-and-mouse by the primary suspect, events escalate and the detective finds his own stability dangerously threatened.
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Critic Reviews for Insomnia
Insomnia is not so much about the murder mystery as it is about Will's internal struggle with what's right and what's possibly okay.
In the world of Christopher Nolan, memory is still as treacherous as nitroglycerin.
The film represents a triumph of atmosphere over a none-too-mysterious mystery. Which is to say that Nolan makes you feel the end-of-the-earth bleakness of his setting, makes you feel the way it can discombobulate people once they internalize it.
With a run-of-the-mill bad-guy actor playing chief suspect Walter Finch, the movie might have tipped too far Pacino's way. But Robin Williams is a shockingly effective counterweight.
Audience Reviews for Insomnia
Good thriller that keeps you guessing from the start. I still can't get over Robin Williams as a bad guy; the fact that he took on a villainous role as opposed to a comedy role made the movie that much better.
Can't remember if I saw this in the movies when it first came out or if I watched it at home and forgot to write it up. But after watching a second time hard to imagine it was produced 10 years ago. Al Pacino plays awesome part as he always does as a cop. He's in Alaska working on a case when he kills his partner. The case is a teen age girl was murdered and Robin Williams is the killer he's tracking down as the movie mazes about, excellent twist here and there. Williams always seems to play a excellent Psycho. 4 stars for this one 2-27-13
A mix of Silence of the Lambs and Memento, Insomnia is a bleak yet excellent thriller with great performances from Pacino and Williams. The formation and unraveling of the lies that Pacino's character crafts are fascinating to watch. Nolan once more shines as a director, and the cinematography and film editing are effective and top notch.
|Det. Will Dormer:||I'm coasting on my laurels, thank you.|
|Det. Will Dormer:||Day after day you suck the marrow out of real cops when you never had the balls to become one yourself.|
|Randy Stetz:||You're just a prick in a leather jacket. What the fuck do you know?|
|Det. Will Dormer:||[phone rings] Dormer here hello.|
|Walter Finch:||Can't sleep will.|
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