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Insomnia (2002)

– tekijä: Christopher Nolan (Director)

Muut tekijät: Al Pacino (Actor), Hilary Swank, Maura Tierney, Robin Williams (Actor)

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Crime never sleeps and neither does the veteran LAPD homicide detective invited to Nightmute, Alaska to head a murder investigation there. He finds the investigation disrupted by an ever-shining midnight sun that wreaks sleep-depriving havoc on his body clock. As his consciousness becomes more unstable, he is nagged by a sense of personal guilt over a second crime that might just be real.… (lisätietoja)
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Insomnia (2002)

Al Pacino – Will Dormer
Robin Williams – Walter Finch

Hilary Swank – Ellie Burr
Martin Donovan – Hap Eckhart
Nicky Katt – Fred Dugar
Maura Tierney – Rachel Clement
Jonathan Jackson – Randy Stetz
Katharine Isabelle – Tanya Francke

Screenplay by Hillary Seitz, based on the 1997 screenplay by Nikolaj Frobenius and Erik Skjoldbjaerg
Directed by Christopher Nolan

Warner Home Video (Germany), 2003. 113 min. Colour. Dolby Digital 5.1. 16:9 (2.35:1).

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Killing changes you. You know that. It’s not guilt. I never meant to do it. It’s like awareness. Life is so important. How could it be so fucking fragile?

First to answer the two obvious questions. Yes, I have seen the Norwegian movie that served as a basis for this one. No, I don’t consider the remake inferior simply because it is “Made in Hollywood”. Movie snobbery is not among my numerous vices.

This is a movie of at least two lasts. It is the last great role of Al Pacino, at least so far, and the last movie of Christopher Nolan before he decided spectacle is more important than substance. I might make an exception for Pacino’s Shylock two years later and I don’t pretend to have seen all of his movies since. But how can one make exception for half-duds like 88 Minutes (2007) and Righteous Kill (2008)? As for Nolan, I can’t even think of a single possible exception in his case. Well, I haven’t seen Prestige (2006). It might be the one.

A jaded and tormented LA detective sent to Alaska to investigate a murder, Will Dormer is one of Pacino’s most memorable characters. He is toned down compared to the Norwegian original, but that’s exactly what makes him more compelling. He is also toned down, considerably, compared to Pacino’s other legendary LA detective, Vincent Hanna from Heat (1995). But he can still demolish a suspect, even quietly, like no one else:

Randy, this whole thing you’re doing, you know, this “fuck the world” act. Now that might work with your momma. It might even work with a couple of these local cops, who have known you long enough to figure you’re too dumb ever to kill anyone without leaving a couple of witnesses and a signed confession. Ain’t gonna work with me. Because I know things, you understand? I know you beat your girlfriend. I know she was seeing somebody else. Somebody she might have even gone to see after she walked out on you Friday night. Now are you gonna tell us who that somebody might be? Or are you so fuckin’ stupid you’re going to leave yourself as the last person to see Kay Connell alive?

But the star of this movie is Robin Williams. He gives the coldest performance on the screen since Alain Delon in Le Samourai (1967). Hardly the shadow of a smile, even when sarcasm hangs in the air. Hardly the slightest raise of voice, even in the most heated moments. Truly chilling! And yet, though the surface is way below freezing point, underneath there is boiling humanity. Few people would fail to respond with emotion, perhaps even with a personal memory, to these words: “Did you ever have someone laugh at you, Will? You know, when you’re really vulnerable, laughing their ass off at you? Someone you thought respected you?”

For my money, this is Robin’s finest “serious” role. (I insist on the quotation marks because comedy is no less serious than tragedy.) The man was a tremendous actor. He could play almost anything and anybody with conviction. He almost did.

The joint scenes of Williams and Pacino are superb stuff. The chase on floating logs, the heart-to-heart talks, the murder description on the phone, the clash at the police station: not a dull moment in this strange battle of brains and tempers. The relationship is much more fully developed than in the original. The dialogue has some really haunting lines: “You and I share a secret. We know how easy it is to kill someone. That ultimate taboo.”

The supporting cast is of no great importance, but Hilary Swank must be mentioned as the sole exception. Her role as the tenacious local cop is also greatly expanded, and to a great effect. Much like the male leads, Swank’s character is really an original creation. The Norwegian screenplay was used merely as a starting point. It was changed out of recognition.

The movie is beautifully shot. Most scenes are flooded with the most surreal light I’ve ever seen. I don’t know if it is accurate as far as the polar day in Alaska is concerned, but it does fit the bleak mood of the movie. Nolan’s direction is a bit breathless, but he tells the story well enough. He captures some gorgeous Alaskan landscapes along the way without turning the movie into a National Geographic production. ( )
1 ääni Waldstein | Nov 1, 2019 |
Some really good performances, but the movie unfortunately never quite manages to get beyond "decent, but on the whole a bit bland" for me. ( )
  Lucky-Loki | Dec 11, 2017 |
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Tierney, Mauramuu tekijäkaikki painoksetvahvistettu
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Crime never sleeps and neither does the veteran LAPD homicide detective invited to Nightmute, Alaska to head a murder investigation there. He finds the investigation disrupted by an ever-shining midnight sun that wreaks sleep-depriving havoc on his body clock. As his consciousness becomes more unstable, he is nagged by a sense of personal guilt over a second crime that might just be real.

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