Insomnia (2002)

Insomnia 2002

US Title:
Insomnia
Year:
2002
Country:
US
Director:
Christopher Nolan


What’s It About?
Two veteran Los Angeles detectives are assigned to assist the murder investigation of a teenage girl in Nightmute, Alaska, a town where the sun doesn’t set.

Short Review: 100 Words or Less (no spoilers)
This movie is very well written and the characters are fascinating. The plot is solid, suspenseful and twisty; and the ending is satisfying and authentic. The cinematography of the Alaskan wilderness is terrific as well.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling the cat-and-mouse dynamic between Al Pacino and Robin Williams – which is the central tension of the movie. It felt… artificial. That’s the best word that comes to mind. On the other hand, Hilary Swank was great throughout this movie and she gets the MVP award. Also, Maura Tierney was underused but shone brightly in a particularly poignant scene with Pacino.

Final Grade: C

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