Crime never sleeps. Neither does Will Dormer, a veteran LAPD homicide detective sent north to Alaska to head a murder case.
Crime never sleeps. Neither does Will Dormer (AL PACINO), a veteran LAPD homicide detective sent north to Alaska to head a murder case. There his investigation is disrupted by an ever-shining Midnight Sun that wreaks sleep-depriving havoc on his body clock and brings Dormer's shady, guilt-plagued past into the light of day.
Cast and crew
Al PacinoDet. Will Dormer
Hilary SwankDet. Ellie Burr
Jonathan JacksonRandy Stetz
Katharine IsabelleTanya Francke
Martin DonovanHap Eckhart
Maura TierneyRachel Clement
Nicky KattFred Duggar
Paul DooleyChief Charles Nyback
Robin WilliamsWalter Finch
Tasha SimmsMrs. Connell
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199 critic reviews
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Minneapolis Star Tribune
8/25/2014 by Colin Covert
Like Memento, it invites viewing over and over again.
New York Daily News
8/25/2014 by Jami Bernard
Insomnia is not so much about the murder mystery as it is about Will's internal struggle with what's right and what's possibly okay.
8/25/2014 by John Powers
In the world of Christopher Nolan, memory is still as treacherous as nitroglycerin.
8/5/2013 by Richard Schickel
The film represents a triumph of atmosphere over a none-too-mysterious mystery. Which is to say that Nolan makes you feel the end-of-the-earth bleakness of his setting, makes you feel the way it can discombobulate people once they internalize it.
8/5/2013 by David Edelstein
With a run-of-the-mill bad-guy actor playing chief suspect Walter Finch, the movie might have tipped too far Pacino's way. But Robin Williams is a shockingly effective counterweight.
8/5/2013 by David Ansen
Scene by scene, screenwriter Hillary Seitz follows director Erik Skjoldbjaerg's original closely, but this remake deepens and improves upon the Norwegian film by giving Dormer a more complex relationship with Eckhart.
8/5/2013 by Ted Shen
Nolan uses visual pyrotechnics to pump up the tension and add to Pacino's sense of disorientation, but the feeling he evokes isn't as forlorn, creepy, or ambiguous as in the original (though the mountain wilderness is just as forbidding).
Wall Street Journal
8/5/2013 by Joe Morgenstern
This one is nowhere near as original -- it's a flawed remake of a fine first feature from Norway -- but Insomnia still stands on its own as a thriller with brains and scenic beauty.
8/5/2013 by Anthony Lane
A dark and fidgety picture from Christopher Nolan, who made such a splash with Memento.
8/5/2013 by Scott Tobias
As Pacino endures day after day without a wink of sleep, Insomnia skillfully turns the screws, delving further into his troubled mind as it's haunted by past and present sins, as well as deceptive visions that seem to bleed out of his conscience.
8/5/2013 by David Germain
The highlight is Pacino, who gives his best performance in years.
4/5/2012 by Geoff Andrew
Despite its linear storyline, the film is very recognisably the work of the sharp, probing intelligence that gave us Following and Memento.
4/5/2012 by Todd McCarthy
While it may not be as stylistically idiosyncratic as Memento Insomnia is a gripping, highly dramatic thriller that more than confirms the distinctive talent of young Brit helmer Christopher Nolan.
7/20/2002 by Mark Caro
It's a crafty story told with more style and gray areas than your average thriller.
5/30/2002 by Rex Reed
Insomnia is not my kind of arsenic, but it's so well-made and enigmatic I liked it anyway.
5/28/2002 by Dennis Lim
The Hollywood version (which is half an hour longer) transports the action to Alaska, and works up a respectable level of bleary-eyed paranoia.
New York Magazine/Vulture
5/26/2002 by Peter Rainer
The best thing about Insomnia is that despite director Christopher Nolan's soft spot for moody-blues obfuscation, he has the good sense to keep his star in practically every shot.
5/24/2002 by Desson Thomson
A thriller whose style, structure and rhythms are so integrated with the story, you cannot separate them.
5/24/2002 by Stephen Hunter
You see Robin Williams and psycho killer, and you think, hmmmmm. You see the movie and you think, zzzzzzzzz.
5/24/2002 by Mike Clark
This remake gets all there is to get out of a peculiar premise with promise: Al Pacino loathing Robin Williams.
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