This is a remake of a Norwegian movie with the same title starring Stellan Skarsgård as the sleep-deprived detective stumbling through the haze of Alaska’s almost never-ending day. Norwegian, to be precise. Al Pacino is a worthy replacement and helped by Robin and Hillary, he was really good here. Snowy environment brought a strange element to the atmosphere, making the whole thing much more sinister. And the whole thing was sinister to begin with, just to be clear. The lack of busy streets and throngs of people accentuated the severity of the situation. Psychological pressure of overwhelming problems that just keep piling up is something that thickens the atmosphere as we follow unraveling of almost every character.

Insomnia [2002] Movie Review Recommendation PosterPolice detective came to Alaska burdened by his partner’s fate and his own feeling of guilt to help the case of the murder that took place in these strange surroundings. The constant daylight, list of problems that just keeps growing are just complicating situation for Will Dormer, he must find a way to deal with all these problems, and keep his sanity doing so.

Great directing by Christopher Nolan (no wonder they hired him for the Batman franchise) is just beautiful, long and vast landscapes in combination with the intense cat and mouse game unfolding between the police and the killer is just mind-blowing. Intense and dramatic, Insomnia is a perfectly balanced thriller, a herald of many great things to come from young director Christopher Nolan. Certainly this isn’t Memento but something different, and that’s good. His take on the whole serial killer hunt thing. The storyline follows the original with its twists and turns, maintaining momentum constantly. In the end, if you’re feeling like watching more movies with similar settings, check out Snow Movies tag.

Director: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Oliver ‘Ole’ Zemen, Martin Donovan, Nicky Katt

Fun Facts: Harrison Ford was considered for the role of Will Dormer (Al Pacino).


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