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Insomnia (2002) Film Review | 100 Day Film Challenge – Day 70

Christopher Nolan’s remake of the original Swedish thriller, Insomnia is a predictable, but well-executed movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Al Pacino stars as Det. Will Dormer, who is sent to Nightmute, Alaska to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. While investigating, he accidentally shoots his own partner, which causes him immense guilt and insomnia. He’s also being blackmailed by his main suspect. You know, that old chestnut.

The acting was a mixed bag for me. Robin Williams was excellent as Walter Finch, alternating between friendly and genial, to cold and calculating. Al Pacino was also incredible. Hilary Swank as Ellie Burr was hit-or-miss with me. At times, her acting seemed forced and hammy.

The story is thrilling and well-written, but extremely linear and predictable. I wanted a film that would challenge me and make me think, but Insomnia spoon-fed me the answers. It makes it extremely obvious who the killer is, and doesn’t offer room for interpretation.

The cinematography was great, and I loved how natural light was used in the majority of scenes. The flashes that plagued Dormer’s mind were also brilliantly shot, and I loved the imagery.

 Insomnia is a fun, but predictable thriller. Most of the acting is good,the story is tense and thrilling, and the cinematography is outstanding. I only wish that the film hadn’t given away who the killer was, and Hilary Swank’s performance took me out of the film a little bit.

Verdict: 3.5/5

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