Insomnia

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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.

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    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.

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    With a run-of-the-mill bad-guy actor playing chief suspect Walter Finch, the movie might have tipped too far Pacino's way. But Robin Williams is a shockingly effective counterweight.

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    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.

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    Nolan uses visual pyrotechnics to pump up the tension and add to Pacino's sense of disorientation, but the feeling he evokes isn't as forlorn, creepy, or ambiguous as in the original (though the mountain wilderness is just as forbidding).

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    This one is nowhere near as original -- it's a flawed remake of a fine first feature from Norway -- but Insomnia still stands on its own as a thriller with brains and scenic beauty.

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    A dark and fidgety picture from Christopher Nolan, who made such a splash with Memento.

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    The highlight is Pacino, who gives his best performance in years.

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    Despite its linear storyline, the film is very recognisably the work of the sharp, probing intelligence that gave us Following and Memento.

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    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.

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    It's a crafty story told with more style and gray areas than your average thriller.

    3/4
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    Insomnia is not my kind of arsenic, but it's so well-made and enigmatic I liked it anyway.

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    The Hollywood version (which is half an hour longer) transports the action to Alaska, and works up a respectable level of bleary-eyed paranoia.

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    The best thing about Insomnia is that despite director Christopher Nolan's soft spot for moody-blues obfuscation, he has the good sense to keep his star in practically every shot.

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    A thriller whose style, structure and rhythms are so integrated with the story, you cannot separate them.

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    You see Robin Williams and psycho killer, and you think, hmmmmm. You see the movie and you think, zzzzzzzzz.

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    This remake gets all there is to get out of a peculiar premise with promise: Al Pacino loathing Robin Williams.

    4/4
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    Continually challenges perceptions of guilt and innocence, of good guys and bad, and asks us whether a noble end can justify evil means.

    3/5
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    Pacino, his creased face looking like it's been aged in a smokehouse, is wonderfully bleary as the increasingly confused Dormer.

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    A haunting psychological drama.

    3/4
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    Here's proof that it's still possible to make pop-oriented yet personal movies with an A-list cast and a zillion bucks.

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    With Insomnia, his third feature, Nolan, 32, has proven himself a precocious master of the thriller.

    3/4
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    That rare instance where Hollywood improves upon a movie from foreign soil.

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    A four-course gourmet alternative to summer popcorn flicks, serving up the meatiest performances Al Pacino and Robin Williams have given in many years.

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    Proves the 32-year-old Nolan is the real deal, a gifted storyteller who knows how to use style, mood and composition to illustrate his characters' inner lives along with their actions.

    3/4
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    Seitz's script sticks closely to the original, but Nolan has had no trouble using a variety of skills to make the material his own.

    4/5
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    Insomnia does not become one of those rare remakes to eclipse the original, but it doesn't disgrace it, either.

    3/4
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    It's gripping entertainment in a popular vein -- the police procedural -- that nevertheless follows no preconceived formulas.

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    Runs on the pure adrenalin of Pacino's performance.

    3/4
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    [Nolan] is a filmmaker in full control of mood, tone, and pacing, to whom actors as wildly different as Pacino and Williams can entrust their best instincts, rather than their showiest.

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    Atmospheric and deeply attuned to nuance, Insomnia is a thinking ticket buyer's murder mystery.

    4/4
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    Nolan and cinematographer Wally Pfister know how to mix riveting action with psychological drama.

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    Nolan is a craftsman who joins the ranks of Steven Soderbergh, David O. Russell, Curtis Hanson, and M. Night Shyamalan as an individual voice working within the Hollywood system.

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    Unlike most remakes, the Nolan Insomnia is not a pale retread, but a re-examination of the material, like a new production of a good play.

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    It's a psychological thriller with actual thrills and actual psychology.

    3/4
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    Intensely sharp-witted remake of the noir thriller Insomnia.

    4/5
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    It proves that both Al Pacino and Robin Williams really can act without overacting. It also shows that director Christopher Nolan has a life after Memento.

    B+
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    Nolan has proved that he's as adept with a straightforward and well-plotted thriller as he is with a idiosyncratic, ingenious one.

    3/4
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    The acting alone is worth the price of admission.

    5/5
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    Proves the best (read: most unsettling) of its type since The Pledge.

    3/4
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    A deftly entertaining film, smartly played and smartly directed.

    B+
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    Insomnia is based on a 1997 Norwegian film, and though there are some key plot differences, the elements that made the original so memorable remain.

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    Allows us to hope that Nolan is poised to embark a major career as a commercial yet inventive filmmaker.

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    Thoughtful, gripping and steeped in action that defines character.

    3/4
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