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Critic Reviews for Insomnia
Dormer has a weariness that Pacino wears perfectly, always finding some new depth to his exhaustion and despair without ever being a sleepy presence on screen.April 24, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
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.August 25, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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.
Scene by scene, screenwriter Hillary Seitz follows director Erik Skjoldbjaerg's original closely, but this remake deepens and improves upon the Norwegian film by giving Dormer a more complex relationship with Eckhart.
Nolan uses visual pyrotechnics to pump up the tension and add to Pacino's sense of disorientation, but the feeling he evokes isn't as forlorn, creepy, or ambiguous as in the original (though the mountain wilderness is just as forbidding).
Audience Reviews for Insomnia
Dec 12, 2018One of Robin William's best roles, he brings such a presence to his character. Christopher Nolan gives us some fantastic and beautiful views, it seems as though he settles for other just okay shots though. My favorite thing about this movie is the score, such an emotional tone that really contributes to the success of the story telling.Super Reviewer
Apr 27, 2016Christopher Nolan's 2002 film "Insomnia" is a remake of the 1997 Norwegian film of the same name. It generally has the same plot as the original, but Nolan improves the original by adding a little twist here and there to great effect. Nolan also adds more depth to the story that really makes this a unique remake and a quintessentially Christopher Nolan film. Al Pacino and Robin Williams give absolutely wonderful performances.Joseph B Super Reviewer
Feb 06, 2016A very different film from Christopher Nolan than we're use to, however a very awesome film at that. Insomnia brings in great performances especially that of Al Pacino and the late Robin Williams. Perfect choice of location which highlights how Al Pacino's character is feeling and the overall tone of the film. I was riveted by beginning to end and I would highly recommend to check out Insomnia, as it is a very well made film. Two Thumbs up!Mr N Super Reviewer
Dec 20, 2015Every Nolan film is deserving of repeat viewing and this movie is no exception to thatKameron W Super Reviewer
|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?|
|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|
|Det. Will Dormer:||[phone rings] Dormer here hello.|
|Walter Finch:||cant sleep will|
|Walter Finch:||Can't sleep will.|