Insomnia (2002) - Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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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.

IMDB: 7.2
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Al Pacino, Robin Williams
Length: 118 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 118 out of 669 found boring (17.63%)

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Good for killing some time if you are not feeling sleepy, because "Insomnia" can make you fall asleep.

I saw the original foreign version of this a couple of years back and enjoyed it, and I think they did a good job of translating it into a solid American movie.

The production design is of very high quality and the cinematography is breathtaking.

This movie has everything a crime drama should have, great acting, great script, great plot, great cinematography (this was an absolutely stunning backdrop), and a lot of suspense.

The plot itself is actually pretty simple and straightforward, so the fact that it feels so long and drawn out is inexcusable.

On the other hand, there is a theme that makes it fresh and entertaining rather than a wasteful rehash of scores of other cop thrillers about catching a tricky murderer in a small town.

Nolan perfectly handles the more dramatic actions scenes but also makes the dialogue scenes intense.

The movie is very easy to get sucked in to and the story is easy to follow,it contains very deep and intense dialogue at times that is certainly too much for anyone over the age of fifteen.

(If you're keeping track, Italian director Dario Argento used a similar ploy in his considerably more exciting 2001 whodunit "Sleepless.

The ending feels rushed and is very predictable.


Save your money!

Far from a fast paced action thriller, this somewhat film noir piece is one of the more disquieting movies I've watched in quite some time.

This movie is very well done and entertaining.

I was bored to tears!

The conflict of the plots is what makes the second half of the movie a bit dull.

but the original was actually quite creepy in several ways, you will not have to suspend disbelief ANYWHERE NEAR AS MUCH, and it DEFINITELY is engaging despite the relatively slow pace (in fact the "slow" pace actually ADDS to the "taut", "creepy" feeling in general).

Memento was very intense, this, the next Nolan movie, is way less intense, though far higher in intensity than what you see in the dark knight trilogy.

+One of Pacino's last great performances +Intense and thought provoking (as usual with Nolan) +Swank's overlooked performance +Williams creepy villain +Nolan directing a crime film -Ending a bit of letdown compared to other Nolan films 9.3/10

Robin Williams does a good, yet predictable role as the killer, who has had his killer instinct woken up and the final outcome of the film can be seen coming from a far distance.

This is the only way to hint at plot details without giving the movie away; as grim as the proceedings are, this is a hugely entertaining film graced first and foremost by a brilliant performance by Al Pacino as the beleaguered Dormer.

It's like that feeling when you fall asleep for a couple of seconds and then suddenly wake up.

I don't care because this movie is boring!

While Insomnia is a cut above the hundreds of formulaic Psycho/Cop movies that Hollywood cranks out, I found it lacking something that was hard to put my finger on.

enjoyable film!

It was very predictable.

I intend to watch the Norwegian version to see how it compares but on its own, Nolan's 'Insomnia' is a fascinating experience and the cast and crew deserve all the praise for finally putting it all together.

The story, acting, directing, cinematography, and the editing are all superb and this adds up to one of the more gripping movies I've seen recently.

Probably the best scene in this dreary detective yarn occurs when Dormer chases the suspect across a log flume.

'Insomnia (2002)' manages to use its unique setting and unconventional set-up to take the story in unexpected directions.

But it's a safe and predictable film.

The acting is very good, it's just the damn movie moves along so slow.


First, the film seemed to slow down in the third Act, almost curing my insomnia.

For me, I felt the dread and fatigue that was pushing through Al Pacino's character as the film dragged on.

The girl I went with fell asleep several times (which brought new meaning to the film's title).

So yeah, a rather 'done' female lead role, but also a boring ending.

This film, though keeps your attention for the most part and is pretty entertaining at times, is not a thriller at all.

It is a very intriguing plotline.

The protagonist's inability to sleep is a masterstroke as it adds an intriguing element to the screenplay and makes for some memorable scenes.

Absorbing, off-beat thriller .

a thriller yet sunshine set, a cat-and-rat game yet also rat-jolts-cat, a cruelty murder line yet faded in the psycho confusion...

BORING to the extreme .

Still, it's awfully formulaic by now, evoking all the serial killer movies from "The Silence of the Lambs" on down.

) Both movies are worth watching.

Very predictable overdone story.

Another cliché is the useless local police force.

Gripping crime drama .

Then it really gets intense when the killer (Williams) contacts Dormer and threatens to expose his secret.

Insomnia is a professional piece of work, suspenseful, with a good sense of atmosphere it makes for quality entertainment.

The acting is fabulous, Pacino gives one of his best performances in years and Williams shows us that he actually can act and very compelling, at that (which is surprising, considering those criminally sappy flicks he had been making lately).

The premise itself is really intriguing, and with an all-star supporting cast of Hilary Swank and Robin Williams, it's hard to go wrong.

Not a heart racer, but certainly suspenseful and worth a watch.

I had been studying for most of the day and decided to make something to eat and watch the movie for a while to take a break from the books, and right about the time when I realized that Will Dormer's (Al Pacino) inability to sleep was to play a major role in the plot of the film, I fell asleep.

Then it gets very confusing.

Anyway, it was somewhat entertaining and one of the better movies of this year (Pray for a good fall season of movies...

The direction is annoying (especially during a junkyard sequence) but there is some stunning cinematography (Alaska is gorgeous).

And added to this you get distorted images like when you're desperately trying to stay awake.

Chilling and Intriguing .

I found it unpredictable and edgy.

This psychological thriller starring acclaimed actor Al Pacino, Hilary Swank, Martin Donovan, and Robin Williams in a role unlike any of the charismatic characters he's swallowed in his career; showcases a true and fascinating demonstration of what Nolan is capable of, even if it's quality leads less memorable than his other efforts.

But it is suspenseful.

SPOILERS, interpretation: This movie is a good example of how contrived Hollywood movies can get when they believe poetic justice to be an absolute necessity.

It's genuinely worth watching, although it's grim.

Starting is good but middle long portion only feels boring.

Overall Christopher Nolan has made a dark, gripping movie with a great cast and beautiful Cinematography.

Don't waste your time with this one and if you already have, check out the original by the same name that came out in the late 90's.

developed like memento and gripping right to the end.

Academy Award Winner's Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank star in the intriguing thriller, Insomnia.

Al Pacino, who lost the plot sometime shortly after SERPICO, is no more than adequate as a cop who has never heard of sleeping pills, thereby compelling him to go five nights without sleep.

The main plot is entertaining and interesting and is helped along by the "did Will Dormer murder his partner" sub-plot.

While the interaction between Dormer and Finch is unlikely, the symbiotic relationship that develops is fascinating and Nolan squeezes every psychological tingle that can be wrung from it.

) keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Christopher Nolan's "Insomnia" is so good, so full of intriguing detail, that I found it even more enjoyable on second viewing than on the first.

With strong performances and masterful direction at the hand of Inception creator Christopher Nolan, this melancholy and maddening remake of a Norwegian film is an intense and intelligent contribution to the thriller genre.

InsomniaWhen you have insomnia, you finally get the chance to finish listening to those tranquil noise CDs that you always fall asleep during.

Acclaimed director Christopher Nolan of "Memento" (2000), has remade an outstanding 1977 Norwegian thriller, but turned it into a ponderous, profane (39 f-words), predictable, police procedural potboiler.

In the sense that it is more fascinating to see who is what then who-dun-it case.

Great, compelling piece of work.

this movie is a well oiled machine and is entertaining...

That is why you should view this film as entertaining, not as film-study.

Overall, an above average film, that's worth watching, and not beyond that..

There is also the added intriguing factor of the 'midnight sun,' meaning it never gets dark, which affects Dormer in particular.

But in some places it almost seems that Nolan is trying to hard to create suspense, never really giving the audience any room to breathe and sometimes, for this, the film becomes boring due to the ultra slow placing.

From start to finish a great compelling thriller from talented director Christopher Nolan, with some superb acting in it.

However, it just doesn't make up for the typical, Hollywood "let's throw this in and that in and have police cars racing with sirens blaring" (when it's unnecessary and counterproductive if you want to actually SOLVE a crime) "and if we throw enough stuff in we'll have an action packed thriller alright...

While it was impossible for Insomnia to out do Memento, since Memento was one of the most intriguing movies of all time, Insomnia was just a quality movie.

It's a little too contrived, in my opinion.

This one was a waste of time and money.

It was neither suspenseful, thrilling nor intriguing.

But, despite that, this movie is worth watching, otherwise you'll missed beautiful Alaska scenes and the legendary Pacino.

His films are all impeccably crafted technically, and often entertaining and thought-provoking, also knowing how to get good performances out of talented casts.

At first sight, Alaska would seem like an unlikely cold and boring place to set a movie in.

With the shadowy killer sensing he's abut to be caught he makes a run for in that in all the confusion Dormer ends up shooting,in the thick fog, his partner Eckhart,to death!

The story is predictable especially the ending (Was expecting a twist there).

There were no plot twists and far less suspense than there could have been.

Al Pacino acts (and looks) convincingly beaten down, and he's intriguing as always; Robin Williams is in tight, low-key form; Hillary Swank is adorable (if limited).

I thought this was a really good film, and definitely worth watching.

The intriguing part of it was the question of "crossing the line" and how justifiable it is.

The movie is much slower than his other movies .

I had originally heard that due to insomnia, Pacino wasn't even sure if he had killed his partner, and that sounded intriguing.

Other people have called it "boring", but the slow pace and monochromatic setting just supported the not quite awake/not quite asleep feeling of the whole movie.

These two subplots graft together to form a mildly exciting yet somewhat predictable climax.

The story remains compelling throughout its entire running time for several reasons; the cast, the settings and the nice twists in the story.

Insomnia is both original and thrilling, and soars with great writing .

Very predictable cop movie with no surprises.

While not as avant-garde as Memento or Following, it is still very suspenseful, and it makes the viewer focus on the moment rather than thinking about the sequence of events.

Robin Williams pulls off a great take on a mundane psycho, and Hillary Swank as in Boys Don't Cry helps carry the film.

With this collection of Oscar Winners (Pacino, Swank, Williams), you know that we've either got a runaway winner or a complete snoozer.

he is so one-note, so stilted, he made the killer so bland and boring it really hurt the remake.

I think he was best filmmaker in the past decade, and if he continues making highly innovative,different,engrossing and intense films like memento,Batman Begins,TDK and now Inception, he's going to have a claim to be one of the greatest directors of all time.

When Ellie Burr discovers the real truth in the whole investigation, a shootout occurs thus ending a pretty dull and boring story.

Although it wasn't completely repetitive, it was as cliché as detective work goes, and the movie didn't stand out one way or another.

In the ensuing confusion, Dormer shoots and kills Eckhart by mistake.

Compelling .

Robin Williams was surprisingly good, but, I was on the edge of my seat waiting for "good morning Sleepmute" Hilary Swank, good actress - 2 dimensional role.

The movie is starts off in a very common and cliche way.

Thoroughly enjoyable film.

Pacino turns in one of his greatest performances in years as the detective who finds himself under an incredibly suspenseful situation while at the same time not fully functioning due to his new insomnia.

Pacino, as we all know has got bigger teeth, but Nolan does not give him much to dig them into as he manages a meek film, its visual splendor and Pacino's intense, brooding performance notwithstanding.

His role as a tough cop was fascinating and hypnotizing.

This is only just scratching the surface of the plot so hopefully you have a good indication of just how intense this story becomes… in the character driven sense as opposed to the sudden loud soundtrack music most films use to trick you.

However, it literally did me in, as I started to fall asleep within certain points of the film.

Some scenes, for example when Al Pacino kills Robin Williams, it makes you really want to vomit, it is a scene of unbearable shaking camera and lots of very short cuts put together.

Ellie Burr's character is also more developed than the role played by Tanja Lorentzen in the Norwegian version; Swank is far more engaging.

I would recommend you see this movie only when it shows up on cable (save your money!

Perhaps I don't appreciate the subtleties of the script/plot here, but aside from the excellent photography and location work (mostly in Canada), this so-called thriller is a painfully drawn-out, burdensomely chatty, overly psychological story which is devoid of mystery and thrills.

Last but not least, the use of the panavision camera makes full use of the stunning locale, thanks to Wally Pfister's painterly camera eye.

Pacino was the most engaging I have seen him since Scent of a Woman.

But then, in an exciting scene set in a thick Alaskan fog, Dormer accidentally shoots and kills his partner, moments after the murder suspect has shot one of the local cops.

All that said, this story dragged along at times.


Both of the detectives are a bit on the edge, as they both know back in home there's a internal investigation waiting for both of them.

This was more of a (really) slow burn.

smart and entertaining .

Now the problems are frequent first the story, there is nothing special about the story it is not very creative and original, it drags abit and the ending is a little predictable.

How did it happen that three Oscar-winning actors put together such a ho-hum film?

Directed by Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, Following, Memento) made a riveting, suspense-thriller.

The unbearable pressure experienced by a veteran cop during his short stay in "The Land Of The Midnight Sun" is charted in detail in Christopher Nolan's impressive remake of the 1997 Norwegian movie called "Insomnia".

I think his character stays awake for 6 days and it was fascinating to watch him try to cover his expanding pack of lies while going crazy.

Hollywood of course shies away from such subtleties and we're subjected to a pointless gun-battle in the aftermath of which a dying Dormer advises Swank to not `lose her way (towards truth, justice and the American way, one supposes)'

What could've easily been a run-of-the-mill cop flick is instead elevated into a stylish, atmospheric, and consistently gripping psychological thriller thanks to a top-notch cast, taut direction, and superb storytelling.

Still, the scenes between Pacino and Williams in the film's middle section are gripping, and provide a glimpse of the fascinating, `Sleuth'-esque thriller this might have been.

This movie is worth watching for movie-goers alike.

There are some memorable exciting scenes like chase across the floating logs and another where a character is drowning underwater.

It is confusing and convoluted.

An intense psychological drama.

Slow at times, a good watch overall .

The cat and mouse game that Finch and Dormer play is well scripted and engaging.

It's an engaging movie.

A fascinating cat and mouse game with everybody having everything to lose.

Insomnia isn't nearly as good as Memento, but it's still a very well done, intriguing psychological thriller with an excellent cast.

Movie goes down unexpected twists .

I found the film to be a complete bore; it barely moved along at a snail's pace, and the suspense was non-existent.

Once there, he is greeted by an Alaskan police woman (Hilary Swank) and he later tangles with a twisted sicko played superbly by Robin Williams in a limited but fascinating role.


It's absorbing insofar that it draws in the viewer.

It is going too slow.

" Anyway, the predictable plot thickens with Dormer and the police stake out an isolated cabin where the cops found the victim's back-pack.

To us, the story dragged and we were both muttering, "Hurry Up!

The scenes with the angry, questioning Pacino, on the other hand, helped me to stay awake alright.

investigation (or whatever the Swedish equivalent might be), and thus no real tension between the two detectives, beyond the fact that detective Erik Vik (Sverre Anker Ousdal), a much older man, is a bit of a plodder, cut from smoother cloth than Engström.

This was a decent thriller, but overall the setup was painstakingly slow.

Christopher Nolan's "Insomnia" is so good, so full of intriguing detail, that I found it even more enjoyable on second viewing than on the first.

He's bothered with insomnia and when he manages to fall asleep he always dreams that unfortunate scene.

Adjectives such as formulaic and conventional should not be associated with a film such as this.

Thrilling and Very Dramatic, .

I found the film to be a very enjoyable thriller that was very atmospheric.

They find the dead girl's backpack, empty all the contents, re-hide it in the secluded cabin, and tell all the newsmedia that they are looking for her missing backpack, hoping the killer will go and retrieve it.

Insomnia: Nolan's Tiresome Film .

You can feel the effect of the insomnia by how tired from boredom you will be.

I even found myself trying to guess the unexpected twists that never materialized.

Problem is, the clichés that built the story the first 40 minutes are a bit boring to watch.

Pacino actually gives one of his finest late career performances, utterly compelling as Dormer, his haggard face tells of a thousand sorrows, his sleep deprived gait befits a man staring into the abyss.

Just for that "Insomnia" is worth watching.

A lot of thrillers rely upon a tense plot to keep the audience on the edge of their seats, films like Misery or maybe Fatal Atrraction.

Plot was predictable - who'd have thought 24 hour sunlight could cause insomnia?

Were you ever about to fall asleep and suddenly seemed to see insects or some other repugnant things in front of you?

In fact, Sean Penn's similar "The Pledge" was a far more gripping murder yarn/personal odyssey than this one.

Thought the movie was boring and predictable.

Ending was quite predictable.

This movie is from the director of Memento, which was a fascinating film noir in its own right, expertly written and directed.

An intense character study set against a psychological 'cat and mouse' game...

The film takes place in Alaska and the locations are stunning.

the direction is perfect, the performances are flawless, the cinematography is stunning, the editing is eager bordering on adolescent showiness and the soundtrack is sublime.

a worthy effort, but some formulaic styles .

The elements of novelty are what makes this film so special in this year of sequels and boring movies.

This movie is not perfect, but it's a definite homage to the suspenseful mysteries of the past.

An intense psychological thriller .

It was boring as Hell!

His outstanding skills lead him to the Criminal; however, as soon as he captures the criminal a sequence of unexpected events leads him to make a great mistake.

And the plot was so predictable I could have left after half an hour and still known what happened at the end.

Al Pacino's performance is one of meticulous control, showing his character's psychological torment, but he becomes progressively tiresome and reminds one very much of Robert Mitchum's dead-pan style of acting.

The psychodrama becomes intense as Dormer is confronted with communications from his killer nemesis Walter Finch (Robin Williams), while suspicions swirl around the death of his partner.

If you like thrillers this one is worth watching.

Don't let the analogy fool you, though; there's nothing slow about the pacing, and it's wholly engrossing from start to finish.

I felt that the beginning dragged and the acting wasn't good until Robin Williams showed up in the movie.

Overall I found Insomnia enjoyable, although it does pander a little bit toward the end of the second act.

The action scenes are very intense in subtle ways.

Don't get me wrong christopher nolans memento was brilliant, but this was a tired slow film.

A non typical suspense movie recommended for Al Pacino and for the breathtaking view of Alaska.

Fueled by strong performances from Pacino and Williams, and the relentlessly classy directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, it's easy to overlook the occasional script stumbles, making for an entertaining, tense, and thought provoking film easily worth a look.

The workup is a bit contrived, with Dormer coming to Alaska from LA to help out an old buddy with a murder investigation as he is himself being investigated by internal affairs.

) Yet, she did what she could and was still entertaining.

it doesn't feel like a mystery, nor suspense, not even so much a character study, it just shows a situation and how the two main leads work to resolve it, though, an entertaining situation at that.

Very well done and engrossing .

That's right, Pacino is the cop of cops in this boring and a sadly typical cop movie.

After intense discussion with my class mates, I still stand on giving this weak story line a 4/10.

Unfortunately, this intriguing question comes clothed in pretty routine murder-mystery drag.

"Insomnia" owes much of its stunning success to the directorial choices Nolan makes.

All the characters - even Al Pacinos - were ultra predictable, the story dragged from unsurprising detail to unsurprising detail.

The pace of the film is a bit slow.

Christopher Nolan succeeds once again at mastering a suspenseful script into a truly superb film.

Director Christopher Nolan kept the moodiness of the Norwegian original and added some compelling tension.

After these unexpected events the detective starts to be hunted by whom his prey was minutes earlier.

Without them, you have a small film that lasts way too long.

Nolan has made an Intense, insightful, and deliberate film that makes you WonDer.

Nolan's mark was conspicuous by its absence much to my chagrin as the story unfolded in a linear format, which was entirely unexpected.

The interest lies in how such a boring person can do such a thing.

What followed was a long-tedious-get-to-the-point-somewhat-obvious-thriller.

thoughtful yet entertaining.....

It's very foggy were the trap is set, and in all of the confusion (And all of the fog), Al Pacino shoots his partner.

In the confusion, it is just assumed the suspect shot both men, and Dormer does not admit his guilt.

His character is less dramatic, more mundane, and the script gives the actor fewer opportunities for the "big scene".

pure action-driven adrenaline.

It's really fascinating to watch.

It seems like there are no good writers yet, and films like The Red Dragon (which I saw today in its Spanish première) are -in my modest opinion, of course- a demonstration on how empty of ideas a film can be.

Don't waste your time.

He's a man who's makes decent acquaintance with originality, from powerful story lines, to absorbing characters, to enthralling thrills for audience to feed on.

The story is engaging and thought provoking.

In this film he looks worn down & seemingly on the edge of crumbling.

Such perpetual lack of intense scenes or violence could only be excused if it were a PG-13 film, which it is not!

just as I said in Memento, content of this film is quite intense.

Technically well-made, riveting performances from all involved, particularly Robin Williams.

People act in confusing ways, and say things you don't understand why they say them.

Christopher Nolan's remake seems bound to a script determined to make explicit many of the ambiguities that made the original so fascinating.

Nolan's direction throws in some admittedly breathtaking outdoor scenery while the more intimate scenes are no better than average.

plagued by sleepless nights due to internal affairs investigations, of having killed his partner, and being manipulated by killer walter finch (williams), the storyline itself promises a more complex deduction, but falls for the straight up, hollywood plodding and ending.

The original film, for a psychological drama it is powerful, intense and quite heavy-handed in details.

This allows the movie to take a path, which is somewhat unexpected (for a bit), especially when we see how far Dormer is willing to go.

But this movie still has a compelling story to tell.

Director Christopher Nolan previously made intriguing mind bending Memento.

It's a slow film, not an action flick.

Props to Wally Pfister for all the evocative atmosphere he's created.

One of the compelling themes of the film is its insistence that only a very thin line separates those who commit crimes from those whose job it is to uncover and prosecute the wrongdoers.

Though the movie starts off slow with the murder investigation from LA special cops, it picks up a small pace later.

He is always good for an unexpected performance.

A boring suspense thriller that misses plot points and spunk .

Enjoyable Film .

As aforementioned, a thrilling chase of a murderer can be expected when introduced to the film.

This is only just scratching the surface of the plot so hopefully you have a good indication of just how intense this story becomes.

It was predictable to some extent.

This psychological thriller isn't your average catch-the-villain story, Christopher Nolan presents the story with gripping psychological elements associated with suspenseful resonance.

It's all let down a bit by a final fifteen minutes which is, if nothing else, too dully Hollywood predictable.

Otherwise, you might find it a bit dull.

It has got a great compelling story and it is professionally directed by Christopher Nolan and acted by the fine cast.

This is a haunting,absorbing experience.

Tough and experienced after years in the job, but emotionally vulnerable and perpetually on the edge for exactly the same reason.

I thought the movie was very suspenseful, but the plot of murder was just boring.

It makes the movie mostly unpredictable and provides the movie with some nice twists and tense moments.

The ending was so predictable, a major disapointment.

While the interaction between Dormer and Finch is unlikely, the symbiotic relationship that develops is fascinating and Nolan squeezes every psychological tingle that can be wrung from it.

The attention to detail and the emphasis of the visuals that make the viewer experience Dormer's sleep deprived world is stunning.

The scenery was stunning.

Oh, the story was OK and fairly predictable.

Al Pacino is his usual self in the suspenseful movie, and Robin Williams and Hillary Swank do a good job as well.

Insomnia is a movie with an intense plot, great acting and amazing direction.

Apart from the Tony Montana ranting (only occasional) he was dull, yes, I know his character was sleep deprived, not that - dull.

Having directed the critically acclaimed and commercially successful 'Memento' and before his hugely impressive relaunching of the Batman franchise, Christopher Nolan directed this tense and gripping crime drama.

Perpetually illuminated, this drama is character driven and intriguing as a study of the motivations within us.

The shooting is class as is the stunning soundtrack.

This time there are no plot innovations, just annoying edits to represent Dormer's (Al Pacino) symptoms of prolonged insomnia.

Too many contrived situations - Dormer finds clues and loopholes with contrived ease - especially when there's a smart detective already on the case.

The whole movie was a waste of time, just like in 'Road to Perdition'.

The pace of the movie was plodding, almost as if you were sleepwalking through it.

I must admit this is not a film to watch 'over and over again,' because it is simply too intense, at times, to bear.

Visuals were very good as well, with some stunning Alaskan views.

Climax is in hurry and predictable.

It's brilliantly written and it will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time.

Not a must watch, but an intriguing thriller that well matches its Swedish inspiration.

It is entertaining, very entertaining in some parts, but the entertainment just doesn't flow through the movie...

The Alaskan backdrop is the most compelling and stunning aspect of this film, and is truly great cinematography.

<MAY BE SPOILERS>Suspense; an intriguing story line; unbelievably great performances by Robin Williams and Al Pacino - this movie has it all.

This is just a normal, boring, slow movie until Robin Williams enters in the scene.

I'm sure many would defend the movie from this criticism by arguing that the movie is more about the inner battle of the main character than building a suspenseful plot.

And we didnt have to waste two hours of boredom, waiting for Williams whiny, pathetic killer to die.

It's a decent if rather formulaic who-done-it, which we soon know.

He can play creepy guys that are creepy because they're utterly banal.

The most important part of a movie the 1st time u watch it is, was it entertaining...


Insomnia plays its hand early by revealing that Finch was the killer - in some ways I liked it because it proved to be engaging and an extremely good psychological battle of wits.

The magnificent,manlike,unrivaled Pacino makes a significant,matchless intaglio with his expert,intense,rich,lofty,congruous performance.

At best, Insomnia is predictable, uninteresting, emotionally flat (except for Pacino's performance - which seemed totally out of place among such boring bland and uninteresting performances).

INSOMNIA/ USA 2002 (3.0 Stars) 11 Jan 2004: The first scene from Insomnia, that of a two seater plane gliding over endless glaciers perhaps sets up the mise-en-scene of cold spaces and unexpected occurrences in alien lands.

Most invited were the addition of several unpredictable plot twists as well as an improved ending.

The first half of the movie was confusing, and then they had to spell it out in the second half.

You certainly won't sleep through Insomnia (2002), but sadly, this one is MUCH more "predictable" ("formulaic") than the original (1997), and it's frustrating.

This is a slow-moving film at times, though the performances are very good.

I wish people would not be mesmerized by Pacino, but the fear of criticizing a legend overwhelms most, not me, I dont blame him although it appears he sleepwalks (pun intended) through his scenes, the story is weak, dull, and woefully spotty.

Part of this problem stems from the characters themselves as written, because they are very formulaic and un-interesting.

Pacino has been missing for a while, having last been seen in what was a forgettable but entertaining film, `Any Given Sunday'.

" A cliche Mutt-and-Jeff interrogation session with the first suspect, the victim's sleazy, abusive boyfriend (Jonathan Jackson), in an empty classroom soon follows.

Throughout the movie I was on the edge of my seat, waiting for the resolution of an engaging, suspenseful film.

Overall, this is a mind-thrilling mystery thriller that furthered the career of Christopher Nolan into the Batman films.

Visual razzle-dazzle aside, I expected much more from the maker of MEMENTO, which was (unlike INSOMNIA) a truly thrilling, fascinating film.

I highly recommend it.

Dull plot...

Nolan is known to make thrilling, brainy and twisted movies like Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight and the new masterpiece, Inception.

It's a crackling good police thriller, augmented with breathtaking locations, top-notch performances, build-up pacing, and layered storytelling.

Watching Pacino 's transformation from seasoned professional to a haggard husk of a man is fascinating.

When people hear a movie they like is being remade with big names the oldest cliché is that they will futz with the ending, and "Insomnia" is the cliché-maker's dream come true, the ULTIMATE in Hollywood obvious sell-out endings.

However, it can be confusing; being only fourteen I had a hard time following everything that was going on.

The story sets up a fascinating premise in the shocking circumstantial similarity between the two main characters, and then blows it all to hell.

If you enjoy cliche ridden characters, i guess this movie is for you.

The pace of the movie was somewhat tepid at times, but the development of Pacino's character is top notch while the Alaskan cinematography is breathtaking.

Al Pacino yet again reinforces his legendary reputation as the most intense actor around .

The original was long and boring.

From Christopher Nolen, the director who brought us the amazing Memento, comes this bleak tale of a cop on the edge trying to bring in a brutal murderer.


Simply put, this movie is thrilling, entertaining, and smart.

To be honest, I enjoyed it, despite my heightened expectations.

Go see this, because when I went to see this, only two other people were in the movie theatre, and I'm worried that 'Insomnia' won't find an audience because everyone is all going to Episode 2 (I briefly considered seeing it, but then decided I wouldn't want to waste the money).

Because it relieved the boredom, I guess; as does Pacino's insanely cliched habit of breaking up scenes by chewing gum.

Such otherwise been-there-done-that scenes are instead suspenseful and played out beautifully, making them worth keeping your eyes on, and this is no exception.

" Because if you do you may fall asleep.

The story itself is quite intriguing and is at its best when Will and Walter are playing cat and mouse games with each other.

Even Robin Williams as the killer is pretty boring, which is something I thought I would ever say about him.

Dormer's expertise is immediately apparent during his examination of the victim's body, as he picks up on some significant points that were obviously missed by the local police and the previously slow progress of the investigation soon accelerates.

Mediocre psychological thriller with a few scenes that go on way too long.

In the remake this is deleted and the protagonist plays a game of chicken with an oncoming truck instead, which is stupid, out of character as well as pointless.

Insomnia was a solid drama, very suspenseful and well-acted.


The movie was far too long and the acting was mediocre at best.

So far,it is the best reason to stay awake in theater for the thrill ride of the summer.

Hilary Swank delivers another top performance with her portrayal of too perky cop Ellie, bored with the small-time crimes only to discover on an exciting case that her idol Al Pacino might not be the man she thought him to be.

Everything was revealed to us in the 1st Act leaving a very predictable and boring show down.

Overall, Insomnia is a smart thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The "intrigue" in the subplot is marginal, causing some of the extremely predictable scenes to drag even more with talk of internal affairs and some thingy with people in jail.

The workup is a bit contrived, with Dormer coming to Alaska from LA to help out an old buddy with a murder investigation as he is himself being investigated by internal affairs.

investigation (or whatever the Swedish equivalent might be), and thus no real tension between the two detectives, beyond the fact that detective Erik Vik (Sverre Anker Ousdal), a much older man, is a bit of a plodder, cut from smoother cloth than Engström.

The direction by Chris Nolan was well paced and utterly engaging and the cinematography was simply breathtaking.

Intriguing Daylight Noir .

On top of that, the film was quite confusing, and not even the outcome makes perfect sense.

Made me fall asleep though.

Brilliantly acted and thrilling movie.

This is slow burning Pacino for those who think he just does too much Foghorn Leghorn these days - bellowing and waving his arms.

Boring .

With no opening hook, no mystery to solve and no tension of any kind, Insomnia plods along, staggering through a dull haze reminiscent of genuine lack-of-sleep.

But yet again, it's a cliché that feels honest and one that is well presented.

but very slow and really didn't do too much for me.

All around, 'Insomnia' carries the confusion, lost roads, and numerous side-effects that 'Memento' left with the viewer (as this film was directed by Christopher Nolan, who directed 'Memento').

His insomnia is presented as a metaphor with the white and beautiful night of Alaska, where all is illuminated, blurred and confusing.

It does hold ones interest, however, it is predictable and somewhat boring.

The constant daylight interspersed with dreary rain and fog accentuate the state of mind Pacino's character is going through, the mental deterioration from lack of sleep and the stress of having to hide the facts about his partner's death.

First we meet a rebellious stroppy teen who wants something 'exciting'.

The cinematography is stunning.

Gripping and complex, it does everything a good thriller should.

An intoxicatingly interesting point to be made is that the dead dog into which Dormer shoots his decoy bullet replaces a live one shot by Engström: a fascinating difference which speaks volumes, both about the difference in characterisation and the allowances and tolerances of the respective film industries.

Al Pacino was riveting in his performance and I was able to feel his pain of what was happening to him throughout the duration.

for giving probably the best performance of the year in this riveting thriller by Christopher Nolan .

Entertaining .

Empty thrillers like Seven and The Silence of the Lambs which are thematically hollow and pointless will always garner greater popularity than a deeply psychological film like Insomnia.

All in all, a great movie that is, while different from Memento, similarly refreshing and enjoyable.

It is by no means a bad movie, but the slow burn of the thriller does dampen the effect.

the idea is interesting, the setting is intriguing, and the plot moves well...

And yet, despite its strengths, somehow the film dragged and seemed to last a lot longer than it really did.

The cat and mouse game with him and Williams, with the latter knowing Pacino's secret and hence the cover up, is very suspenseful; add to that Swank's character closing in on the truth, and it becomes almost unbearably edge-of-the-seat at times.

Robin Williams also gives one of his best performances in this film because he is so creepy and unstable in this film so he's always entertaining and engaging to watch.

Like most clichés it's a cliché because there's truth in it.

Nuanced character-work takes this detective-thriller in an unexpected direction.

Especially Tierney's character, who says one of the most fascinating lines in the film, something about how people in Alaska are either born there or are there because they've escaped something a lot worse.

The plot had enough twists in it (amidst some weak dialogue) to make this an enjoyable film.

The film remains unpredictable throughout, letting the suspense build gradually as the cat-and-mouse storyline increases the tension, before ending in a sudden burst of violence and excitement.

No, this is definitely an enjoyable thriller that offers some very good acting, beautiful decors, a good story...

Unfortunately, you've outwitted it: it ends in the most predictable way possible.

The breathtaking beauty of a remote area of Alaska provides the setting for this film, and the natural splendor of the surroundings offers a thought provoking contrast between the serenity of the landscape and the ugliness visited upon it by one of it's inhabitants.

His character is less dramatic, more mundane, and the script gives the actor fewer opportunities for the "big scene".

As Dormer is dying, Burr tells him she found the empty shell case from his shooting of his partner, and if she throws it away no one will know the difference.

"insomnia" is so thrilling, so mesmerizing , and full of great performances from al pacino, hilary swank, and robin williams.

great actors in compelling remake .

Everyone else does that and I find it tedious after a while.

The rest of the movie is simply grinding out the rest of a predictable story.

This slight tweaking of the formula is what makes Christopher Nolan's Insomnia all the more compelling - a particularly captivating and thought provoking take on the genre.

The protagonist (Al Pacino character) is a walking cliche', you really don't feel him the way you would feel a great Pacino character.

Christopher Nolan is very smart, he uses pretty good ideas and makes his movies very entertaining.

The plot is given away so soon that the only tension created in the film is Pacino's insomnia - which makes this film as interesting, gripping, and engaging as actually having insomnia.

The first 30 minutes of the movie are really, really boring.

Insomnia is a very intense, gripping, and thought-provoking movie, and should not be missed by all people who enjoy taut, heavy, and satisfying thrillers.

The opening scene is stunning, it truly sets the tone!

The first thing that I wondered when I left the theater this afternoon, and probably the only thing that hasn't already been said well, is that the storytelling lacked the brilliant twist of Memento, that is getting us inside the character's head through telling it backwards in ten-minute snippets.

One would think that with a Hollywood budget and a Hollywood production they could have at least improved upon the original's rather limited and drab action scenes.

David Julyan's haunting score coupled with intense subliminal flashes match the films' dark tone and Cinematographer Wally Pfister (Memento) captures the majestic beauty of the Alaskan sea front.

His villain actually projects that unpredictable sudden adjustments from one moment to the very next.

The confusion in his own mind as to whether he purposely shot his friend Eckhardt makes him a haunted and guilt-driven man.

A visually stunning psychological thriller with fantastic performances and brilliant direction.

Instead we're lumbered with slow push-in shots, standard alternation between close-up and distance shots for action scenes and pedestrian back/forth shots for one-on-one dialogue.

Al Pacino is brilliant as an insomniac on the edge (he's come under investigation in L.

As said in my reviews for his masterpiece 'Memento' and the fascinating 'The Prestige', Christopher Nolan has always struck me as a very talented film-maker, and most of his films are ones that have impressed me a lot.

The ending was predictable and anti-climactic.

It's his work, along with the actors, that lifts up the movie into the `well worth watching' category.

He's a little dull, a little creepy but also fascinating to watch.

Nonetheless it is a very good movie and worth having on DVD, because it is worth watching more than once for all its nice details.

Very disappointing, formulaic, predictable, LONG & BORING .

Insomnia is not a bad movie, but I found it quite boring.

This movie is still typical Nolan - gripping, intelligent and undeniably thought provoking.

Robin Williams surprised me because his character was really quite intriguing.

Except for the fact that you can't believe how poorly Pacino's character --a street-wise, big-city veteran detective--comports himself and his weapons in the film's principal shooting scene, enshrouded in fog, this ingenious, riveting movie would be nearly flawless.

Everyone's actions and choices ride the film forward on a tightly wound and engaging suspension of disbelief.

Even muttering on the edge of sleep, Pacino always gives his lines an interesting, intelligent reading.

The script, the story, the twists and turns of the writing are constantly engaging and feed the viewer's attention with scene after scene near perfection.

A well-paced and engrossing film, with just the right amount of action and a fascinating and thoughtful psychological dance between the two main characters.

Overall, great film, brilliant performances, a little bit slow 8/10

In Insomnia, these things are toyed with a little and what with a few other well made and thought through conventions, it makes Insomnia rather enjoyable.

All in all, it is absorbing ,signature by Cristopher Nolan(so I've seen just this name) a good movie.

The slow pace and sudden outbursts of violence and anger make a fine balance for the well-known story of a small town murder.

What I found intriguing was to fit in the three characters played by the wonderful actors namely Al Pacino, Robbin Williams and Hillary Swank.

as i said earlier,i had a heck of a time staying awake with this one.

Slow moving and predictable, I had the exact opposite of insomnia...

The story is engrossing enough to hold the viewer and the sheer beauty of Alaska definitely helps in keeping the viewer's interest, too.

Confusing .

Stunning .

Much like it's predecessor,it revolves around an original and intriguing premise,and is at least a little thrilling because of this.

A straight plot followed by routine dialogue made Insomnia rather mundane and an effort to watch.

The predictability of the ending left a little to be desired, but overall an enjoyable and satisfying movie.

Swank's performance was uninspired and contrived, Pacino's performance almost let me catch some ZZZZ's, Williams as a murderer, ewww terribly frightening,not really.

And Nolan is more than up to the challenge of delivering that story in a fashion which is both entertaining and thought-provoking.

If on the other hand you want a couple of hours of intense acting, and actors who make you think that their role is real, then this thriller is for you.

But instead of admitting that he shot the man, he uses an unexpected alibi.

The downside of this is that it also made the film far too predictable - why couldn't there have been a few suspects throughout the film in order to keep the audience guessing?

Grey and stunning .

Pretty absorbing film .

Supposedly, this is an official trip, but I have trouble believing that the Los Angeles Police Dept would send two of its people to Alaska for such a mundane reason.

The film is certainly one of the better thrillers of its time and remains highly entertaining.

The cinematography by Wally Pfister is breathtaking.

The insomnia scenes are also quite boring.

Their relationship is fascinating for how manipulative it is.

It's a decent enough story and certainly the performances are excellent, but thepresentation is too bland and subdued.

Predictable and dull.

It is rather slowly paced, with an almost laid back style.

I will say this for the film it did do a good job at being engaging, the mystery was pretty interesting, even though we get the reveal of the murderer fairly quickly the battle between Pacino and Williams was always engaging.

The US version of "Insomnia" also stumbles at the final hurdle, opting for a more predictable ending than the ambiguous one of the Norwegian film.

Warning: not sexual content, to violent and intense content.

Then the movie, much to my dismay, continued along it's cliched way, and every single thing that made the original so fresh and fascinating was thrown out the window!

The unfortunate part is that while you get the feeling of the drawn out time period, the movie seems to be too drawn out as well.

The quietness of a cold and gloomy Alaska is both intense and chilling.

Predictable, boring, and thoroughly forgettable.

The story is unpredictable, and exciting, and as it develops it becomes darker and darker in this light filled setting, which brings so many contrasts with it.

' Kudos to everyone involved with making this such a rare and fascinating movie going experience.

The movie is sort of predictable, and the dialogue at times lacked imagination.

Nolan holds back and objectifies a compelling opportunity to dive deep into the psyche.

Memento's memory loss mcguffin is here presented as film noir cliché, since Insomnia presents us with the real world; memories of crimes are not the issue, the issue here is the concept of 'crime' itself.

It's a riveting performance.

Minus a few slow points this film is great.

But if you watch programmes about serial killers they're usually dreary people.

Attempting to make another film like that could be tiresome.

"Insomnia" is gripping and it's best to see the movie cold.

totally boring...

And another cliché is the hero-worshipping rookie.

This movie is way too long and the ending is very predictable.

Insomnia is boring, badly scripted, badly acted, melodramatic trash.

Christopher Nolans filmography in his short career is very varied and different he's done Sci Fi, superheros and Phycological thrillers yet this film seems much more straightforward than his other films while it's easily his worst film under Nolans hand it's solidly entertaining with some truly fantastic performances.


I'm not sure what Nolan wanted to convey, but it was a sheer waste of time

I can understand some of the complaints of the movie being boring.

This setting creates for a compelling juxtaposition of psychological themes that branch out towards the sleep depraved nether regions of the human mind, to the dark and twisted mind of an unconventional killer, who Robin Williams portrays with absolute disturbing perfection.

A cat-and-mouse game between hero-cop-with- skeletons-in-his-closet-suffering-from-insomnia-and-guilt and criminal- with-ace-up-his-sleeve is intriguing and engaging.

Overall the movie is entertaining but somewhat slow at parts as well as predictable near the end.

Pacino has been missing for a while, having last been seen in what was a forgettable but entertaining film, `Any Given Sunday'.

'Insomnia' is fascinating to look at.

Nearly made me fall asleep, then woke me right up.

It is an entertaining two hours and think you will enjoy it.

Boring, contrite and simple-minded.

It's intriguing; it deals with guilt, lies and the desire for (impossible) redemption.

This is a riveting, un-nerving, atmospheric psychological crime drama with 3 Academy-Award winners in the leads.

Insomnia is an inspiring and captivating psychological thriller with ingenious performance, engrossing thrills, and a smartly executed plot formulated by the efforts of director Chrisother Nolan.

That, together with the rainy atmosphere of Alaska started me, and a few others in the audience, yawning and falling asleep.

A relatively unremarkable plot is brought to life in a unique way, with a fine intense script (that unfortunately does sideline other characters, and doesn't offer much in the way of characterization).


The outstanding screenplay by Nikolaj Frobenius and Erik Skjoldbjaerg really knows how to get into the minds and emotions of its characters, particularly in the case of Dormer, who turns out to be one of the most psychologically complex and fascinating figures we have encountered in the movies in a long, long time.

All in all, a gripping film and hardly a sleeper.

some good cinematography, and an entertaining story, with good acting, regretfully cannot make up for a predictable story.

What they did instead was merely make "Insomnia" hard to follow.

Insomnia is dramatic and intense,I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good mystery or thriller.

A smart, well-crafted, and suspenseful mystery/thriller.

The chemistry between Pacino and Williams is intense.

It's obvious that Hollywood got it's hands on this film and forced the obligatory, pointless, completely out of place shootout on it.

It is this that spurs on a thrilling chain of events that lead up to an incredible climax that comes very unexpectedly.

I was a bit intrigued with "Insomnia" but I fell asleep half way thru and will have to try to watch the rest later.

Yes, it is, if you want to see Nolan/Pacino from another perspective, i recommend watching it, you will not be shocked, it is a little intense and some parts are quite interesting.

The psychodrama becomes intense as Dormer is confronted with communications from his killer nemesis Walter Finch (Robin Williams), while suspicions swirl around the death of his partner.

It's smart, well-acted, beautifully shot, and suspenseful.

Like the 1997 Norwegian film on which it is based, `Insomnia' is a superbly crafted crime thriller, one that is more concerned with the psychological complexities of its main character than with the minutiae of the criminal investigation itself - though the details of the case are fascinating in their own right as well.

Just as a Hollywood-movie, I enjoyed it.

Why, at the beginning of his career, people loved this ugly and boring actor?

It's not absolutely amazing, but it was suspenseful, entertaining, and well written and directed.

Williams is nasty, slimy, villainous, creepy, and totally scary, a mundane and quiet little man who's prone to bursts of a violent psychopathic nature.

This film presents a story that is compelling and conflicting - where the "good guys" aren't that good and the "bad guys" are somewhat sensible at times.

The climactic point in the film was drawn out too much and somewhat cheesy.

I really don't know why Christopher Nolan would agree to direct a movie with such an awful, cliched script when 'Memento' showed he is capable of writing much more original and exciting scripts himself.

I loved the way that Nolan filmed it, the cinematography was excellent, and the music kept me on the edge of my seat until the very, cliché ending.

7.3? 7.3??! I thought this movie was a total snooze fest, which is a bit ironic considering ...

An absorbing thriller, with a beautiful setting.

That's exciting.

One of the better "who dunnits" of recent times , but just not quite reaching that "greatness", but well worth watching.

The first twenty minutes of the script is toe-curlingly awful, the dialogue is so banal.

A fascinating duel of two great actors in a great movie!

Very dull movie.

There are times in the movie where the pacing tends to get a little slower causing an occasional loss of interest.

It has a great atmosphere, and technically it is great, but the screenplay lacks and feels incredibly contrived at times, as well as having some pretty cringe-worthy dialogue at times.

Overall a very intriguing story which makes you not realize you spent 2 hours in the theater.

The backgrounds and landscape photography are breathtaking.

The whole look of the film, the wonderful, engaging story and the aura that Nolan presents with his filmmaking is just brilliant.

But he stays awake long enough to bring to life a sharply written thriller with some unexpected twists.

Given the intense editing and directing, you'll be able to forgive the nearly predictable ending.

It was really simple with a terribly predictable ending.

In a series of increasingly psychological and confusing meetings, the unlikely partners discuss how they can both come out of this situation unscarred.

The movies is very quiet and punishingly slow at times.

If you are looking for an action packed thriller, then you might be disappointed.

Like other reviewers here, I also found myself falling asleep during expositional scenes in the second act of the movie.

Nolan uses the breathtaking Alaskan scenery (although like the "The Proposal" somehow the movie was shot on one of the handful of beautiful, warm, summer days in Alaska rather than the other 340 frigid ones) to set a backdrop of overexposure and to sell the central premise that Pacino's LA detective can't adjust to the failure of the sun to traverse the sky.

It makes Dormer's conundrum even more pronounced, and helps to make `Insomnia' a riveting and thoroughly engrossing film.

Zzzzz .

A battle between a person's conscience and his actions are truly at the forefront of this intellectually intriguing and complex thriller.

At some points, it is very boring.

Save your money.

I did enjoy this version of it, I wasn't nodding off in the theatre, but I do have to say it lacked that thrilling kinky edge of both Following and Memento; there is something to be said for non-linear storylines and Nolan is brilliant at them.

Dull, dreary and s-l-o-w .

Too loaded with talent to be sleep-inducing .

Insomnia is a very intriguing thriller.

It has the intense psycho battle, the great acting, the intense story line.

With an Internal Affairs investigation breathing down his neck back home, Dormer is under intense pressure to succeed in this new arena.

What begins as a beautifully photographed and intriguing film descends into a saggy and oddly edited disappointment which seemed to go on far longer than its 2-ish hours.

Intense no.

It's a small complaint though, and the film does boast a genuinely unpredictable ending, and enough satisfying moments to overcompensate for the occasional clunky bit.

The editing, however, plays a much larger role in telling the story, specifically sharing the main character's state of mind with the viewer to complement the intense acting.

AlPacino has lost his touch and has become very irritating and the whole movie is totally boring.

I have usually found his ‘straight' performances to utterly believable and compelling, and I would say the same about the quiet and subdued portrayal given in ‘Insomnia'.

I liked the change of tone and found the psychological mind games that Finch plays with Dormer to be very entertaining and somewhat creepy.

Robin Williams gives an intriguing and very strong performance, playing strongly against type and arguably stealing the show as the ominous lead suspect for the murder case.

The direction was well-done - the scenery was stunning, moods were captured perfectly, etc. My problem is the story line.

I know this is a fairly short review but there just not that much to talk about in this film, it's got two very good lead performances, Nolan directs to action brilliantly, it's an atmospheric film and one that is at least entertaining.

It's not as convincing as the original film, because it moral subtlety that made the original so compelling.

" This was an emotionally intense movie that, with a combination of great acting from Al Pacino and the less than usual cinematics, really gives you the feeling that the days are dragging on and that things are becoming tense due to the lack of sleep.

One of the most absorbing films of the year .

It's fascinating to watch Pacino roll in sharp as a razor and completely in control, then observe his lack of sleep eat away at the frills of his perception and start to play tricks on his weary mind.

This movie is slow,un-motivated,and desperately lacking entertainment value.

As fascinating as psychological thrill can be, omitting any other suspense rarely works.

Good but somewhat drawn out .

Sometimes this movie just got a little too thick and slow for it's own good.

Instead it ended with a predictable overture and nothing to really think about as you get up to leave the theater except to ponder whether or not this really was the same directorial effort that produced 'Memento'.

It is, however, still intensely suspenseful.

This film is entertaining and it was cool to see the scenery like that!

The fog in which Dormer shoots Eckhart can be seen as symbolic of the moral fog of confusion and ambiguity in which the story takes place.

Others who know a little more about his work link him with some pretty intense science fiction, fantasy or generally twisted movies like Inception, The Prestige and Memento.

Nolan's moody, dark ambiance in `Insomnia' continually draws you in, but causes some confusion.

One word: predictable.

Still, despite that, it mostly succeeds and is pretty entertaining, even if it really does seem incredibly forgettable.

suspenseful and gripping .

This is the stuff that involves the viewer in confusion about what is true, or so it was intended.

It seemed to drag in areas, and was slightly predictable.

He's always calm, and he knows Pacino too well, probably because he writes about cliche detective work that Pacino is given to work with.

Tight and Engaging.

I didn't necessarily expect clever trickery, complex editing or any of his other hallmarks, but with greater attention to the style and mood of the genre (in this case detective thriller with some film noir undertones) he could have made this much more engrossing.

Whether it's the elusive murderer on the loose or the mentally plagued cop who's trying his best, this movie is predictable and lacks ingenuity.

Credit to the make-up dept for making Mr Pacino look like he had not slept for months, made me tired just watching him try to stay awake.

Al Pacino, of course, is one of the greatest actors of all time and can always be counted on for an enjoyable performance.

The dramatic elements (eerie music, camera effects, etc.) of the remake make the story more compelling.

The characters are all nicely drawn, both the protagonist and antagonist - played to perfection by the late Robin Williams - are extremely multi-dimensional and nuanced, and the feature is compelling throughout.