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Insomnia (2002)

HD   R Closed Captioning

Christopher Nolan

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About the Movie

Academy Award winners Robin Williams, Al Pacino and Hilary Swank star in a thriller set in the land of the midnight sun, where a the mind of even a tough cop can be threatened by Insomnia. Under the glare of the permanent Alaska sun, two veteran Los Angeles police officers close in on their suspect in the murder of a teenage girl. But when officer Will Dormer (Pacino) accidentally shoots his partner, their murder suspect, reclusive novelist Walter Finch (Williams), witnesses the shooting--and blackmails Dormer. Now, as an idealistic local detective (Swank) investigates the case, and the stakes rise, Dormer's sanity begins to falter.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 199
  • Fresh: 183
  • Rotten: 16
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film represents a triumph of atmosphere over a none-too-mysterious mystery. Which is to say that Nolan makes you feel the end-of-the-earth bleakness of his setting, makes you feel the way it can discombobulate people once they internalize it. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Aug 5, 2013

Fresh: While it may not be as stylistically idiosyncratic as Memento Insomnia is a gripping, highly dramatic thriller that more than confirms the distinctive talent of young Brit helmer Christopher Nolan. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Aug 5, 2013

Fresh: Scene by scene, screenwriter Hillary Seitz follows director Erik Skjoldbjaerg's original closely, but this remake deepens and improves upon the Norwegian film by giving Dormer a more complex relationship with Eckhart. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Aug 5, 2013

Fresh: The highlight is Pacino, who gives his best performance in years. – David Germain, Associated Press, Aug 5, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Nolan, possibly the greatest director?

Simply amazing movie, i cannot give it enough praise. Al Pacino outdoes him self once again in this suspensful and eerie movie. I highly reccomend this movie to anyone who enjoys thriller/crime movies.

williams plays the most credible killer ever.

and pacino plays an insomniac detective and embodies it so well. Pacino best acting ever period.

Nolans worst

This was an ok movie but it wasnt as good as any othzr nolan movied!