Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
DVD Features: Additional scene; Commentary: director Chris Nolan (commentary in order of shooting sequence); Commentary: Hilary Swank, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Dody Dorn, cinematographer Wally Pfister, and screenwriter Hillary Seitz ; Featurette: Day for Night (making-of documentary); Featurette - 180º: A Conversation With Christopher Nolan and Al Pacino; Featurette: In the Fog (cinematography and production design); Featurette: Eyes Wide Open (the insomniac's world); Stills gallery; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Cast/crew film highlights; Scene access; Languages: English & Français (dubbed in Quebec); Subtitles: English, Français & Español; Enhanced features for your DVD-ROM PC.
This second major film directed by Christopher Nolan ("Memento") is a remake of the unusual 1997 Norwegian film "Insomnia," which starred Stellan Skarsgård. It's basically a one man film, with Pacino starring as Will Dormer, a cop who can't get enough sleep. He and his L.A. detective partner, played by Martin Donovan have been sent way up to Alaska to help investigate the murder of a teenage girl. Although it may not appear to be the work of a serial killer, Will says that he
believes that other murders will follow. Probably the best part of the original
was the way that insomnia dominated the entire story; with Skarsgård making it so real that you felt downright woozy. This time, the impact of
the insomnia isn't really emphasized until near the end. Hilary Swank plays a local cop who has worshiped Will from afar and is happy to tag along in this investigation. Before this murder, she has been relegated to nothing but misdemeanors, and she's thrilled to watch the master in action. Robin Williams plays a local writer who was a friend of the murdered girl. His performance though effective is a bit bland.
Insomnia is still far better than most run-of-the-mill thrillers popping up on theater screens these days and Nolan has beautifully captured the desolate feel of the Alaskan coastal village and surrounding areas.