In the town of eternal sunlight, a police detective must find the killer of a girl. The problems start when the detective accidentally kills his partner. Al Pacino delivers a strong performance, Robin Williams tries to move into new territories with good results and Hillary Swank does a fine job but her role is very shallow. "Insomnia" is a thriller in slow pace.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Lindsay Jacobson
For his followup to "Memento," director Christopher Nolan chose to remake a 1997 Norwegian thriller that starred Stellan Skarsgard. In this 2002 version, Al Pacino plays worn-out veteran LA detective Will Dormer, called to Alaska to investigate a homicide that has the local authorities stumped. Early on, Dormer accidentally shoots his own young partner dead (both are under pressure from an Internal Affairs investigation back home), and the killer (nicely underplayed by Williams) witnesses the incident, so now his prey has something on the detective -- and uses it. Hilary Swank does good work in a small role as a local deputy who admires Dormer and is assigned to investigate the shooting of his partner. The film is beautifully and edgily photographed (Dormer -- whose name is incidentally a play on the Spanish and French words for "to sleep" -- experiences insomnias due to the midnight sun, and his sleepless condition is stylistically reflected in the filming), well acted, but has a few regrettable plot holes.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus