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Critic Reviews for Insomnia
Insomnia is the sort of picture big studios used to make when they still believed they could take audiences on a ride without rubbing their faces in digital gloss.
a masterpiece of unease and illness, the more so because the terminal sickness it describes is a universal condition.
... 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.
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 3-1014
A paranoid and claustrophobic thriller with many memorable moments. Skarsgard is great in the lead role.
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