InsomniaMay 24, 2002
Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Release Year: 2002
Rating: 7.2/10 (101,498 voted)
Critic's Score: 78/100
Stars: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank
Sent from the city to investigate the murder of a teenage girl in a small Alaska town, a police detective (Pacino) accidentally shoots his own partner while trying to apprehend a suspect. Instead of admitting his guilt, the detective is given an unexpected alibi, but this "solution" only multiplies the emotional complexity and guilt over his partner's death. He's also still got a murder to solve, in addition to the blackmail and framing of an innocent bystander being orchestrated by the man they were chasing. There's also a local detective (Swank) who is conducting her own personal investigation… of his partner's death. Will it all come crashing down on him?
Writers: Hillary Seitz, Nikolaj Frobenius
Oliver 'Ole' Zemen
Days never end. Nightmares are real. No one is innocent.
Release Date: 24 May 2002
Filming Locations: Alaska, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $26,068,419
(27 May 2002)
Did You Know?
Harrison Ford was considered for the role of Will Dormer (Al Pacino).
Obvious stunt double with a wig as Dormer is chasing Finch immediately prior to the log-chase sequence.
You and I share a secret. We know how easy it is to kill someone. That ultimate taboo. It doesn't exist outside our own minds.
Nolan can now be considered one of the best!
INSOMNIA is not only the third film of acclaimed director Christopher Nolan
(his first two were FOLLOWINGS and MEMENTO), but also a film that is able to
intertwine the acting talents of three Academy Award winners. Al Pacino
plays a celebrated cop who is asked to work on the case of a murdered girl
in Alaska. Hilary Swank plays the local law enforcement who has her eyes on
making a big case. Robin Williams plays a troubled Alaskan writer. Without
giving anything away, INSOMNIA is definitely worth it. Some may see it, and
be disappointed. One way to steer away from this failure is think of
INSOMNIA as a psychological thriller rather than a "Shoot 'em up" thriller.
INSOMNIA is story about loyalty and human emotion. Don't get me wrong, the
movie is thrill-packed, but let's just say–You don't need blood and gore to
make the audience members be on the edge of their seats (which I was).
INSOMNIA hits all of its points including acting, directing, screenwriting,
and cinematography. It's a first class thriller with great characters. On
a side note…Pacino is worthy of an Oscar for his performance, Williams is
equally excellent, and Swank also deserves recognition for complete scope of
acting. A job well done by these three actors, and especially the man
behind the curtain, Christopher Nolan!