Essentially a film noir without the darkness, this psychological crime drama follows the moral destruction of an Oslo detective assigned to solve a puzzling murder in the land of the midnight sun. Unable to sleep without darkness, he begins a descent into madness that results in tragedy and a cover-up.
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Critic Reviews for Insomnia
... a paranoid noir thriller in broad daylight, and Skarsgard inhabits his role so naturally that when he starts going off the rails, it's as disorienting as it is disturbing.
It becomes clear the title of the film could just as well be 'The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - Tromsø.'
fascinated by the conundrums of human psychology and moral frailty, which is why the film is centered on a protagonist who is generally dislikable as a person, yet is inherently compelling as a human subject.
Mais cínico que sua refilmagem, o filme cria menos tensão por não levar o espectador a simpatizar com seu protagonista. Em contrapartida, é mais enxuto, disciplinado e conduz sua trama com mais segurança.
A cold and stark amoral thriller.
Superior thriller that was improved upon when remade in English.
In Insomnia the murderer and his investigator possess a human capacity for mischaracterizing traits; this is a realistic scenario in which temptation houses a narrow threshold.
Haunting rather than jolting; an ice pick to the heart rather than a pump-you-up roller-coaster ride.
It may have an unlikable hero and a cryptic plot, but the Norwegian film Insomnia works - if for no other reason than the fact that it gets the atmosphere right.
Audience Reviews for Insomnia
Really didn't enjoy this. It just seemed pointless and drags along at a slow pace.
I remember seeing the remake years ago, and I was equally unimpressed by that,
Seems to just be my week for dull movies with good casts that I can't otherwise fault past I couldn't wait for them to finish.
I couldn't recommend this movie or otherwise. Though I personally found it boring, I can't say that it is not a well made film with some good characters. But it wasn't personally for me.
It is hard to believe that this is Erik Skjoldbjaerg's first film. It seems like a pro job to me. Very rarely do you get thrillers crafted this well. Almost everything is perfect. The script is as taut as possible. I saw no holes, anyhow. The plot is believable and you will never see the best twists coming. Even if you are the type who sits there and constantly guesses what's coming next during thrillers, I doubt you could. The film does a lot to avoid plot cliches. And if I'm wrong about that, if I was just blinded by other aspects of the film, it won't really matter. The characters are very well written. Especially the main character, played by Stellan Skarsgard. He is certainly one of the best actors working today and this may just be his greatest performance yet. He owns the film. The cinematography is effective. It's bleak and cold. The camera moves assuredly, and it's always where it should be. The music is perfectly subdued. The direction in general is simply amazing. The mise-en-scene is marvelous. I love the settings of the film, the threatening, rocky terrain, the broken and rusty buildings, everything. This is a must-see film. One of the best films of the 1990s.5 Stars 3-1014More
A paranoid and claustrophobic thriller with many memorable moments. Skarsgard is great in the lead role.More
An interesting (if not a bit frustrating) film, about how one bad decision made in clouded state of panic / shock can quickly develope into a full-blown shit storm.
I think that perhaps a little more development of the main character (Skarsgard) early on, would have made for a little better understanding as to why such poor judgement was used. I still don't fully understand "why", at least nothing that makes a whole lot of sense.
I think the antagonist (Bjorn Floberg) summed it up best towards the end of the film when he asks "Why didn't you just tell the truth? A few months suspension and everything would be back to normal." Which is what I was thinking through the entire film.
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