Pacino, Williams and Nolan - a Great Team Indeed!
This Insomnia, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Al Pacino and
Robin Willaims is a remake of an original Insomnnia movie. I have not
been able to see the original movie and hence I cannot draw any
comparisons between the original one and this one. But I guess that it
is good in one way since I get to think about the movie without any
prejudice at all. This movie is one of the most remarkable movies I
have seen and indeed showcases Christopher Nolan as an upcoming
Robin Williams and Jim Carrey are actors known for their comedy. And
another common thing to them is that when they decide to step into
roles other comedy, they produce masterpieces indeed. Robin Williams
plays the role of an author of crime novels who has also killed a young
girl. He has a dark and a negative role and plays a character who is
very straightforward and calculative. And boy oh boy, does he manage to
convince us in this role. It is one of the best roles of Robin Williams
I have seen. I must confess his roles in Bicentennial Man and One
Minute Photo and this role are in fact much better than his typical
comedy roles. He has showcased some amazing acting skills in this
Al Pacino is of course among the finest actors in the whole world. And
needless to say, he delivers all that is expected out of him. He plays
the role of a cop with a dark secret of false methodology of conviction
with Internal Affairs closing in on him. He ends up killing his partner
accidentally but it turns out that his partner was going to help
Internal Affairs close in on Pacino. And hence nobody is going to
believe that he killed his partner accidentally. And to add to all the
trouble, there is Robin Williams' character who knows this secret and
is using it to get away. Pacino is the one who is suffering from
Insomnia. He is in a country where there is no night and there is no
peace in his mind. Have you wondered what it is like to carry a heavy
mind craving for the peace of the night? Look at Pacino in this movie!
Simply masterpiece acting.
There is a short but very effective role by Hillary Swank as well and
she does her part beautifully. She plays the role of a cop who is
helping Pacino on the case. She also holds deep respect for Dormer
(Pacino) since she has spent her training days studying his cases.
Overall, the cast was really good. Christopher Nolan chose a very
silent approach in this movie. In some parts of the movie, the overall
silence creates the sort of haunting effect needed to create the
impact. But the silence does not seem to work in certain scenes and may
lead viewer to become disinterested.
There are times in the movie where the pacing tends to get a little
slower causing an occasional loss of interest. But overall, this movie
is indeed a very well done movie. The team assembled is indeed a great
team. It will not disappoint most viewers who have some expectations
from a team like Nolan, Pacino and Williams..
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A great psychological thriller, a must-see for Pacino fans
Since the release of "Memento" (which I honestly haven't seen yet)
Christopher Nolan has become a rising star in the world of film
directing. And he finally shined with both "Batman Begins" and "The
Dark Knight" which revitalized the Batman character and established it
as the most popular and even putting him above Spider-man. The fact is,
Nolan is among the greatest film-makers in the world and he is going to
keep making new classics for the years to come, and I'm already looking
forward to "Inception" in 2010. In 2002, he directed a remake of the
Norweigian film of the same name called "Insomnia", and I gotta say,
it's the best psychological thriller I've ever seen and it even
surpasses "The Silence of the Lambs" big time.
The premise-A highly known and highly accomplished Los Angeles
detective named Will Dormer (Al Pacino) is sent to a town in Alaska to
solve a murder case involving a 17 year old girl. But his partner Hap,
just revealed to him that he's planning on testifying against him
because he knows about Dormer planting evidence to gain a conviction on
a previous case. And all that guilt, fear and the midnight sun that is
constantly shining sends Dormer a whole week of no sleep (insomnia).
And Dormer starts to lose his concentration and his reasoning.
Al Pacino has been known for dominating every movie he's in and
stealing the show from the other actors and he totally does that in
here. And it also seems that he was perfectly cast in here because he
has the look of a guy who hasn't slept in days. And that might be due
to his facial appearance with the dark circles under his eyes and his
wrinkled face and he even looks tired the moment he gets off the plane
at the beginning. And the more days that pass, he looks more and more
fatigued. And I wonder if Pacino really kept himself awake during
filming or if he's really that good as a method actor. Although fatigue
is the main emotion that he demonstrates here, his feeling of guilt is
masterfully shown after he accidentally kills his partner in the thick
fog while they're chasing the killer. And we, as the audience wonder if
it was really a mistake, or if he shot him on purpose to shut his
partner up and prevent his testimony. And Dormer even does some extreme
measures to cover up what really happened. At the end, the question is
never answered and we're left wondering about his morality and how
ethical of a cop he really is. And also the scene when he confronts the
victim's boyfriend (whose a smart-mouth, always doing his "f**k the
world act") and he really shuts him up. I personally thought that was
pretty darn cool and he really fits into the mind of Will Dormer and
gives one of his finest performances ever.
Robin Williams, who plays as the girl's killer, is known for doing
comedy roles and he should start listening to everyone's advice and
stick to doing dramatic or serious roles, because he is WAY better when
he's doing the kind of acting he does in "Insomnia". He actually
doesn't start showing his face until about half-way through the movie
and spends the first half either hiding his face or giving sinister,
yet strangely non-threatening phone calls to Dormer. And it turns out
that he saw Dormer shoot his partner and spends the rest of the movie
blackmailing him and forces him to pin the murder of the girl on
Hilary Swank gives perhaps the 2nd best acting performance and once
again, Nolan casted her perfectly as the detective who idolizes Dormer.
I guess it has to do something with the way Swank's mannerisms are
like. And she's totally believable as the character who looks up to
Dormer and she seems like she wants to impress him all the time. And
she cuts Dormer some slack even though he gives a vague explanation for
an incident involving an officers death.
Having a trio of former Oscar winners really helped the film here, and
also was the masterful direction of Nolan, he makes the scenery of
Alaska somewhat peaceful, yet disturbing. And as all psychological
thrillers go...u have to keep the suspense and tension going though the
whole move....otherwise, what's the point? At first, you can feel the
tension between Dormer and his partner, and then between Dormer and the
This is simply the best psycho-thriller I've ever seen, and if you
think that "The Silence of the Lambs" was something, wait 'till you see