In Nightmute, Alaska, seventeen year old resident Kay Connell is found murdered. As a favor to the local Nightmute police chief, two Los Angeles Robbery Homicide police detectives, Will Dormer and Hap Eckhart, are called in to assist in the investigation. Although renowned in the police world, both Dormer and Eckhart are facing some professional issues back in Los Angeles. In Nightmute, Dormer has a major case of insomnia due to a combination of the incessant midnight sun and from a secret he is carrying. This insomnia is causing him to be delusional. Something he is not dreaming about is that the murderer has contacted him, informing him all about the murder and the fact that he knows everything that is going on with Dormer. They begin a symbiotic relationship in keeping secrets for each individual's benefit. But ambitious young local detective, Ellie Burr, might piece the story together on her own.Written by
Dorner displays abysmal handling of his service weapon, consistently violating the third of Cooper's four famous gun safety rules ("Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target."). What's more, the death of his partner is a direct result of Dorner violating the fourth rule ("Identify your target, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified.") Given his age, it is possible that Dorner went to police academy before it was common for law enforcement agencies to require their staff to comply with Cooper's rules (i.e. before around 1985). That the young Burr, who leads the investigation of the incident, would neither mention Dorner's outrageous violations nor try to find out whether he had received updated weapons training is, however, utterly impossible. See more »
There's just nothing down there. Nothing. I haven't seen a building in, like, 20 minutes. Look at that.
We're not on vacation, Hap. Remember?
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As is evident by now, anyone who has enjoyed Christopher Nolan's movies would, most probably, Insomnia at the bottom of their favorite from Nolan. While people who don't enjoy the Nolan brand of cinema will mark Insomnia as their favorite from Nolan. Simply because, this movie is a remake and while has many of Nolan's signature styles, it is not as evident as it is in his other superior works (IMHO).
Nolan's movies (from Following to Inception) is built around the concept of duality. Insomnia has a similar theme running through it, that of Al Pacino's character living the life of a honest role-model while still doing things reprehensible, thus showing two sides of life. Al Pacino and Robin Williams are in supreme form and the cinematography by Wally Pfister is gorgeous. But the 'quickness' that is associated with other Nolan movies (even BB) is visibly absent in this one. It is by no means a bad movie, but the slow burn of the thriller does dampen the effect. Not a must watch, but an intriguing thriller that well matches its Swedish inspiration.
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