Detective Will Dormer (Al Pacino) and his partner Hap Eckhart are assigned to investigate the murder of 17-year-old Kay Connell in Nightmute, Alaska, a small fishing town where the sun is visible 24/7. During a sting operation that has them on chase of their suspect, Dormer accidentally shoots his partner through the thick of the fog. He lies about his partners cause of death, claiming the unidentified suspect pulled the trigger. Assigned to investigate Hap Eckhart’s death is Ellie Burr (Hilary Swank), a young local police officer who happens to be a fan of Detective Dormer and his work.
Director Christopher Nolan directs this psychological thriller “Insomnia”, that is a remake of a Norwegian film of the same name. The film stars a talented trio in Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank, who all lend excellent performances to this film.
“Insomnia” is one of Christopher Nolan’s early works after “Memento (2000)”. It is a smart psychological thriller that is not short of suspense and tension. The acting in this is great, lead on by the always exciting Al Pacino, and supported by another great talent in Hilary Swank, and Robin Williams, who at this point in his career was venturing into the more serious and darker roles in excellent fashion. I like the pace of this. Just your straightforward entertaining thriller backed up by the great acting involved. Its a sort of “good cop, bad cop, smart killer” cat and mouse chase. I like how Christopher Nolan films are very distinct in look and overall feel. It’s what makes his films such a joy to screen.
Though probably one of the lesser known and overlooked Christopher Nolan titles, this is excellent and worth the view.