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Insomnia (2002)

 -  Crime | Mystery | Thriller  -  24 May 2002 (USA)
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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.

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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? Written by greg Dean Scmitz

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A tough cop. A brilliant killer. An unspeakable crime. See more »


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Rated R for language, some violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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24 May 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Insomnia - Schlaflos  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,995,292 (France) (8 November 2002)

Gross:

$4,663,332 (France) (6 December 2002)
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As of 2010, this is the only film directed by Christopher Nolan in which Nolan does not have an official writing credit - even though he wrote the final draft of the screenplay himself. See more »

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When Dormer first enters Finch's apartment, he picks the lock using a credit card. After the door is open, we see him getting his hand back to his pocket and in the next shot he has some snacks in his hand to bribe the dogs to let him in. Since his hand motion is very quick and brief, it either serves to get the snacks from the pocket, in which case the credit card simply disappears, or to get the card back to the pocket, in which case the snacks materialize out of nowhere. See more »

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[first lines]
Hap Eckhart: There's just nothing down there. Nothing. I haven't seen a building in, like, 20 minutes. Look at that.
Will Dormer: We're not on vacation, Hap. Remember?
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Not As Good as Original, But Still A Good, Dark Tale
30 November 2005 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

I erred in giving into temptation to watch the original Norwegian "Insomnia" on IFC just a couple of weeks before seeing this Hollywood re-make directed by indie-credible "Memento" Christopher Nolan with a very effective Academy Award-winning cast.

The original movie had a tiny budget and also an excellent cast, led by the terrific Swede Stellan Skarsgård, growing as pale as that relentless sunshine during the course of the film; the usually haggard-looking Al Pacino interprets his insomnia visually through an ever more haggard face.

Though the original film isn't given as the source material until well into the closing credits, this follows the main thrust of the story closely. The changes, though, are both subtle and significant and intriguingly as American as Sam Spade when the mise en scene gets moved to Alaska (actually shot in Vancouver). Significantly, there is less sex and more morality.

Hilary Swank's character is more naive than her counterpart; Martin Donovan's character's role is more central to the story and, of course, Robin Williams gets more screen time than his original counterpart, as the conflict is less in the lead's mind and more on the screen as a duel. The plot twists are done differently so I shamefully got confused between the two movies.

While not as overwhelming as the original, I do think this version should rank right up with the great detective/cop-does-the-right-thing movies, and the plot makes more sense than "The Big Sleep."

(originally written 6/16/2002)


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