Director: Christopher Nolan Cast: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

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Director Christopher Nolan follows up his breakthrough sophomore film Memento with this remake of a stylish Norwegian thriller. Al Pacino stars as Detective Will Dormer, a Los Angeles Police Department legend who temporarily escapes an internal affairs investigation that may ruin his career by traveling to Nightmute, AK, the remote site of a murder that has the local authorities flummoxed. Along with his partner, Hap Eckhart (Martin Donovan), and the small town's wide-eyed rookie investigator, Ellie Burr (Hilary Swank), the exhausted Dormer probes the brutal slaying of a teenage girl who was rumored to have a secret lover. A clever ruse quickly lures the killer into a police trap, but the suspect escapes and a tragic accident at the scene leaves Dormer at the mercy of the murderer, a pulp crime novelist named Walter Finch (Robin Williams). As Finch plays a dangerous game of extortion with Dormer, the detective's mental health deteriorates rapidly from guilt over his complicity in a crime and sleep deprivation compounded by the lack of darkness in the land of the midnight sun. Meanwhile, the bright and dogged Ellie continues putting the pieces of a complex puzzle together despite Dormer's skillful attempts to lead the investigation toward the right suspect, but away from his own malfeasance. Insomnia co-stars Paul Dooley, Nicky Katt, Maura Tierney, and Jonathan Jackson.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/2010
UPC: 0883929124145
Original Release: 2002
Rating: R
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:58:00
Sales rank: 4,025

Special Features

Closed Caption; Additional scene; Commentaries:; Director Christopher Nolan (commentary in order of shooting sequence); Hilary Swank, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Dody Dorn, cinematographer Wally Pfister, and screewriter Hillary Seitz; Featurettes:; Day for night: making-of documentary; 180: A conversation with Christopher Nolan and Al Pacino; In the fog: cinematography and production design; Eyes wide open: the insomniac's world; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Det. Will Dormer
Robin Williams Walter Finch
Hilary Swank Ellie Burr
Maura Tierney Rachel Clement
Martin Donovan Hap Eckhart
Nicky Katt Fred Duggar
Paul Dooley Chief Charles Nyback
Larry Holden Farrell
Katharine Isabelle Tanya Francke
Jonathan Jackson Randy Stetz
Malcom Boddington Principle
Jay Brazeau Francis
Andrew Campbell Officer #2
Lorne Cardinal Rich
Chris Guthior Uniformed Officer
James Hutson Officer #1
Ken Kirzinger Stunt Coordinator
Crystal Lowe Kay Connell
Emily Perkins Girl At Funeral
Kate Robbins Woman On The Road
Kerry Sandomirsky Trish Eckhart
Paula Shaw Coroner
Tasha Simms Mrs. Connell
Ian Tracey Warfield
Dean Wray Ticket Taker
Oliver "Ole" Zemen Pilot
Nick Ingman Conductor

Technical Credits
Christopher Nolan Director
Derek Baskerville Costumes/Costume Designer
Susan Brouse Casting
Teresa Brummitt Costumes/Costume Designer
Rick Burgess Stunts
Shawn C. Stunts
John Caglione Makeup
Yves Cameron Stunts
Lynne Carrow Casting
Lauro Chartrand Stunts
Dean Choe Stunts
George Clooney Executive Producer
Ben Cosgrove Associate Producer
Nathan Crowley Production Designer
Duane Dickinson Stunts
Michael Diner Art Director
Dody Dorn Editor
Martyn Harry Musical Arrangement
Norma Hill-Patton Makeup
Yvette Jackson Stunts
Ron James Stunts
Broderick Johnson Producer
David Julyan Score Composer
Kristene Kenward Stunts
Andrew Kosove Producer
Peter Lando Set Decoration/Design
Vincent Lascoumes Asst. Director
Marci Liroff Casting
Kit Mallet Stunts
Edward L. McDonnell Producer
Cheri Minns Makeup
Mike Mitchell Stunts
Tish Monaghan Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary J. Morneau Camera Operator
Wally Pfister Cinematographer
Kim Roth Executive Producer
Jacob Rupp Stunts
Charles Schlissel Executive Producer
Hillary Seitz Screenwriter
Steven Soderbergh Executive Producer
Larry Sutton Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Thomas Executive Producer
Emma Thomas Co-producer
Marshall Virtue Stunts
Steven P. Wegner Associate Producer
Wendy S. Williams Production Manager
Paul Junger Witt Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Insomnia
1. Credits [:07]
2. Welcome to Nightmute [:07]
3. Crossing the Line [:07]
4. An Admirer [:07]
5. House of Cards [:07]
6. Randy's Act [:07]
7. Kay's Things [:07]
8. Chasing the Suspect [:07]
9. Man Down [:07]
10. Calling Trish [:07]
11. Sleepless [:07]
12. Crime Scene [:07]
13. Bullet For Bullet [:07]
14. Nor Rest [:07]
15. "I Saw You Shoot Your Partner" [:07]
16. Her Best Friend [:07]
17. On Finch's Trail [:07]
18. Across the Logjam [:07]
19. Hiding Place [:07]
20. Ferry Meeting [:07]
21. Wild Card [:07]
22. Shared Secret [:07]
23. Questioning Finch [:07]
24. Just In Time [:07]
25. Tainted Forever [:07]
26. Feeling For Truth [:07]
27. Justifies the Means [:07]
28. To the Beach House [:07]

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Insomnia 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A classic "good vs evil" story-line that explores "does the ends justify the means" concept. Pacino is a good cop with good intentions but he is playing judge, jury and executioner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very smartly done. Al Pacino and Robin Williams lead an excellent cast in this well crafted thriller. One of the better movies of 2002.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pacino and Williams do their normal excellent job, Williams makes one scary psycho. The female lead is pretty weak, but it's a rather peripheral part, anyway. The story is interesting and probably done better here than in the orginal Swedish version. The photography is mind-blowing, not the photographic-effects-laden type found in "Three Kings", just great shots from angles that -- I don'tknow the proper terms, it's just good to look at. This movie is definitely worthwhile and something you'll watch more than once.
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This film, as vanguard and insightful as it is suspenseful, engenders a deep appreciation for the guilt, remorse, and conscience of a good cop beleaguered by a past that, to put it mildly, blurs the fine blue line between a detective on the endless pursuit to capture a murderer, and the willingness to go to extraordinary lengths to effect that end result, including planting evidence on a suspect. Will Dormer (Al Pacino) is sent to an obscure Alaskan outpost that is the very essence of "the land of the midnight sun," wherein the sun shines for the duration of summer, followed by months of incessant darkness in winter. Dormer along with his longtime detective partner, are sent here to not only help with the investigation of a murder of an adolescent girl, but also to escape an Internal Affairs investigation inside the Los Angeles Police Department concerning Dormer's unorthodox and illicit praxis of planting evidence. As the film progresses, Dormer is becoming increasingly disturbed, as much by the death of his partner at his own hands, as the lack of sleep subsequent to it. What can only be described as a proverbial cat-and-mouse game ensues between Dormer and a man (Robin Williams), who happens to have witnessed the former taking the life of his partner by mistake, and the latter then tries to use this knowledge to his advantage. Aided by the very impetuous Ellie Burr (Hillary Swank), a rookie out of the academy who had actually studied one of Dormer's investigations (The Leeland Street Murders), Dormer is charged with informing Burr of the nuances of police investigation, while simultaneously trying to find the killer of Kay Connell, the adolescent girl that was murdered which he was sent to investigate. What follows is a unique insight into what can happen when a good cop turns rogue, with a complete absence of sleep, and what might transpire between a man looking for redemption, a man looking for someone to understand and listen to him, and the realization that occurs that the end does not by necessity justify the means, but rather it is the willingness to play by the rules of law, and to that end, to do the right thing in the face of ethics. By virtue of studying human behavior in all of its contexts for over a decade in college, I can attest to the accuracy of the emotional underpinnings of guilt and remorse, as evidenced by Dormer's emotional turmoil, and the human propensity to concomitantly grapple with such feelings while dealing with a depraved extortioner, hunting for that very killer, investigating suspects, solving the case so that he can go back to LA to face his past, get very much needed shut-eye, all the while staying in a tiny town on the fringes of existence, with what seems like an eternal sun, dealing with the loss of his partner at his own hands, and ultimately convincing the ethical Burr to "not loose your way." Insomnia goes well beyond the almost perfunctory nature of many "mystery-suspense-psychological thrillers" that audiences flock to in order to make sense of an insensible world, without the need for a PSY degree, and this film conveys this somewhat imperceptible facet of human existence; guilt, remorse, and ethical responsibility inherent in the human condition and to police officers who must deal with this on a daily basis. Michael Wade
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