Insomnia


Insomnia

Overview:

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.

Votes 1128 (6.8/10)

Runtime: 118 minutes

Release Date 2002-05-24

Budget: $46,000,000.00

Revenue: $113,714,830.00

Tagline: A tough cop. A brilliant killer. An unspeakable crime.

Production company:

  • Section Eight
  • Alcon Entertainment
  • Witt/Thomas Productions

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Crime
  • Mystery
  • Thriller

Further Information

Will Dormer
Al Pacino
Al Pacino
Walter Finch
Robin Williams
Robin Williams
Ellie Burr
Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank
Rachel Clement
Maura Tierney
Maura Tierney
Hap Eckhart
Martin Donovan
Martin Donovan
Fred Duggar
Nicky Katt
Nicky Katt
Chief Nyback
Paul Dooley
Paul Dooley
Kay Connell
Crystal Lowe
Crystal Lowe
Francis
Jay Brazeau
Jay Brazeau
Farrell
Larry Holden
Larry Holden
Trish Eckhart
Kerry Sandomirsky
Kerry Sandomirsky
Rich
Lorne Cardinal
Lorne Cardinal
Tanya Francke
Katharine Isabelle
Katharine Isabelle
Randy Stetz
Jonathan Jackson
Jonathan Jackson
Coroner
Paula Shaw
Paula Shaw
Pilot
Oliver 'Ole' Zemen
Oliver 'Ole' Zemen
Officer #1
James Hutson
James Hutson
Officer #2
Andrew Campbell
Andrew Campbell
Mrs. Connell
Tasha Simms
Tasha Simms
Principal
Malcolm Boddington
Malcolm Boddington
Uniformed Officer
Chris Gauthier
Chris Gauthier
Warfield (voice)
Ian Tracey
Ian Tracey
Woman on the Road
Kate Robbins
Kate Robbins
Girl at Funeral
Emily Perkins
Emily Perkins
Ticket Taker
Dean Wray
Dean Wray
Director
Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
Screenplay
Hillary Seitz
Hillary Seitz
Executive Producer
George Clooney
George Clooney
Editor
Dody Dorn
Dody Dorn
Casting
Marci Liroff
Marci Liroff
Production Design
Nathan Crowley
Nathan Crowley
Art Direction
Michael Diner
Michael Diner
Set Decoration
Peter Lando
Peter Lando
Costume Design
Tish Monaghan
Tish Monaghan
Producer
Broderick Johnson
Broderick Johnson
Associate Producer
Steven P. Wegner
Steven P. Wegner
Original Music Composer
David Julyan
David Julyan
Producer
Andrew A. Kosove
Andrew A. Kosove
Producer
Edward McDonnell
Edward McDonnell
Producer
Paul Junger Witt
Paul Junger Witt
Associate Producer
Ben Cosgrove
Ben Cosgrove
Executive Producer
Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
Executive Producer
Charles J.D. Schlissel
Charles J.D. Schlissel
Executive Producer
Kim Roth
Kim Roth
Director of Photography
Wally Pfister
Wally Pfister
Still Photographer
Rob McEwan
Rob McEwan
Script Supervisor
Kelly Moon
Kelly Moon
Production Coordinator
Eva Morgan
Eva Morgan
Sound mixer
Larry Sutton
Larry Sutton
Supervising Sound Editor
Curt Schulkey
Curt Schulkey
Supervising Sound Editor
Aaron Glascock
Aaron Glascock
Boom Operator
Anthony J. Giacinti
Anthony J. Giacinti
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Myron Nettinga
Myron Nettinga
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Michael Minkler
Michael Minkler
Dialogue Editor
Kira Roessler
Kira Roessler
Dialogue Editor
Alexandra Gonzales
Alexandra Gonzales
Art Department Coordinator
Franziska Keller
Franziska Keller
Rigging Gaffer
Keith Woods
Keith Woods
Gaffer
Drew Davidson
Drew Davidson
Stunt Coordinator
Ken Kirzinger
Ken Kirzinger
Special Effects Coordinator
Randy Shymkiw
Randy Shymkiw
Assistant Costume Designer
Karin Nosella
Karin Nosella
Costume Supervisor
Sandra Watson
Sandra Watson
Music Editor
Alex Gibson
Alex Gibson
Steadicam Operator
Steven A. Adelson
Steven A. Adelson

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Definitely not Nolan's best but probably my favourite (at least tied with 'Batman Begins') because I love the Norwegian original so much AND the subtle changes Nolan made with it, as well as what the three stars (Al Pacino, Robin Williams--in his first villainous role, I believe, and Hilary Swank--in probably my favourite performance of hers, next to the downright decadence and naughtiness she displayed in 'The Black Dahlia') bring to the table here. I greatly enjoyed the five short extras on my DVD (a double-sided disc I bought years ago that has 'The Devil's Advocate' on the other side, yet unwatched): a conversation/interview of Nolan with Pacino; 'Day for Night: The Making of...'; 'In the Fog' (which interviewed cinematographer Wally Pfister); Nathan Crowley: production designer; and 'Eyes Wide Open' (which interviewed sleep disturbance experts), which thankfully I viewed before I watched the movie, to enhance my experience. Greatly recommended to fans of contemporary crime thrillers, regardless of whether you watched the Norwegian original or not. There are enough differences to still make it worth your while as a cinephile.

Gimly

Captures some human sentiment incredibly well, coupled with the unique setting and great acting, this makes Insomnia a good watch, worth every minute of its two hour runtime. That said, I was not as enamoured by it as others might be. Perhaps if was unaware of what Nolan, Pacino or Williams are capable of at their highest levels, or if I didn't realise five minutes before the end that I'd actually seen it as a kid and could exclusively remember the ending, then it would have had a higher impact on me. But even taken for me as is, _Insomnia_ is still a very solid bit of filmmaking. _Final rating:★★★ - I personally recommend you give it a go._

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