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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It's a riveting performance.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

The ending was so predictable, a major disapointment.

All that said, this story dragged along at times.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

" 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.

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

It is, however, still intensely suspenseful.

The action scenes are very intense in subtle ways.

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.

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

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

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

Confusing .

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

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

His role as a tough cop was fascinating and hypnotizing.

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

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

Gripping crime drama .

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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


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.

Good but somewhat drawn out .

The ending feels rushed and is very predictable.

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

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

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

Another cliché is the useless local police force.

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

Zzzzz .

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).

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Boring, contrite and simple-minded.

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

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.

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.

Very well done and engrossing .

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

It is confusing and convoluted.

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

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.

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

One of the most absorbing films of the year .

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

I found it unpredictable and edgy.

But this movie still has a compelling story to tell.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Movie goes down unexpected twists .

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

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').

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.

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.

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

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

Compelling .

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

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

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.

He is always good for an unexpected performance.

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.

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

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.

totally boring...

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

The movies is very quiet and punishingly slow at times.

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!

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.

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.

Predictable, boring, and thoroughly forgettable.

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

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

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

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.

It's really fascinating to watch.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Very disappointing, formulaic, predictable, LONG & BORING .

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

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

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

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

The cinematography is stunning.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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).

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

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

I was bored to tears!

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Very predictable cop movie with no surprises.

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.

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

Don't waste your time.

Starting is good but middle long portion only feels boring.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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)'

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

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

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

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

It was really simple with a terribly predictable ending.

Grey and stunning .

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

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

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.

It is going too slow.

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

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

The cinematography by Wally Pfister is breathtaking.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

The movie is much slower than his other movies .

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Tight and Engaging.

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

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

Save your money!

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

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.

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

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

This is a haunting,absorbing experience.

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

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

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.

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

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

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


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

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

The scenery was stunning.

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

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).

The insomnia scenes are also quite boring.

great actors in compelling remake .

This was more of a (really) slow burn.

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

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.

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

Boring .

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

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".

But it's a safe and predictable film.

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

Chilling and Intriguing .

pure action-driven adrenaline.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

It's an engaging movie.

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

It was very predictable.

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

thoughtful yet entertaining.....

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

This movie is very well done and entertaining.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

One word: predictable.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Pretty absorbing film .

Insomnia is a very intriguing thriller.

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

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.

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.

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...

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

But it is suspenseful.

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

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.

It was predictable to some extent.

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.

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

'Insomnia' is fascinating to look at.

If you like thrillers this one is worth watching.


Brilliantly acted and thrilling movie.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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!

enjoyable film!

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...

Just for that "Insomnia" is worth watching.

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

Their relationship is fascinating for how manipulative it is.


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


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.

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

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

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

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

Great, compelling piece of work.

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.

I don't care because this movie is boring!

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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 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.

Intriguing Daylight Noir .

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Climax is in hurry and predictable.

An intense psychological drama.

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

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.

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

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.

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

BORING to the extreme .

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

) keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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

An intense psychological thriller .

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

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.

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

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).

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

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

Then it gets very confusing.

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.

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.

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

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

A boring suspense thriller that misses plot points and spunk .

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.

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.

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.

suspenseful and gripping .

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.

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

Entertaining .

An absorbing thriller, with a beautiful setting.

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

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

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.

That's exciting.

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

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.

Insomnia: Nolan's Tiresome Film .

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.

It is a very intriguing plotline.

The pace of the film is a bit slow.

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

At some points, it is very boring.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Ending was quite predictable.

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.

Thoroughly enjoyable film.

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

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

a worthy effort, but some formulaic styles .

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.

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


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

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

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

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

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.

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

Attempting to make another film like that could be tiresome.

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

Very predictable overdone story.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oh, the story was OK and fairly predictable.

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.

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

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.

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

The backgrounds and landscape photography are breathtaking.

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

The shooting is class as is the stunning soundtrack.

Dull plot...

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

The ending was predictable and anti-climactic.

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

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.

Minus a few slow points this film is great.

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).

Stunning .

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

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.

Predictable and dull.

developed like memento and gripping right to the end.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Director Christopher Nolan previously made intriguing mind bending Memento.

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

This movie is worth watching for movie-goers alike.

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.

It was neither suspenseful, thrilling nor intriguing.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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'.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

And another cliché is the hero-worshipping rookie.

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

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

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

This one was a waste of time and money.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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?

smart and entertaining .

" Because if you do you may fall asleep.

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

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

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.

" 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.

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

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

The story is engaging and thought provoking.

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

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

Save your money.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Slow at times, a good watch overall .

Too loaded with talent to be sleep-inducing .

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

+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

Thought the movie was boring and predictable.

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

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.

Enjoyable Film .

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

I highly recommend it.

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.

) Both movies are worth watching.

Otherwise, you might find it a bit dull.

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

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.

Very dull movie.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just as a Hollywood-movie, I enjoyed it.

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'.

The chemistry between Pacino and Williams is intense.


The original was long and boring.

It was boring as Hell!

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

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.

Thrilling and Very Dramatic, .

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

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

Absorbing, off-beat thriller .

Intense no.

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.

Made me fall asleep though.