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As a more conventional follow-up to his innovative thriller Memento, Christopher Nolan's Insomnia offers ample proof that his skills are genuine. A superbly crafted remake of the 1997 Norwegian thriller, this moody police procedural is transplanted to a remote Alaskan town, where a veteran Los Angeles detective (Al Pacino) arrives to investigate the murder of a teenaged girl. Professional tragedy collides with psychological turmoil as the detective suffers from sleeplessness under the region's perpetual daylight, and a local rookie cop (Hilary Swank) begins to suspect that truths are being hidden as the disturbing case unfolds. While the Alaskan setting intensifies the atmospheric mystery, Pacino's bleary-eyed disorientation adds a rich layer to his character's erratic behavior, and the casting of Robin Williams as the killer was a risk that pays off nicely. In many respects better than the original, Insomnia is a Hollywood remake that's refreshingly free of compromise. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Commentary by: director Christopher Nolan
  • Commentary by: actor Hilary Swank, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Dody Dorn, cinematograher Wally Pfister, and screenwriter Hillary Seitz
  • Additional scene with commentary
  • "Day for Night" making of documentary
  • "180 Degrees": A Conversation with Christopher Nolan and Al Pacino
  • "In the Fog": Cinematography and production design
  • "Eyes Wide Open": The insomniac's world
  • Stills Gallery

Cast

Al PacinoWill Dormer
Robin WilliamsWalter Finch
Hilary SwankEllie Burr
Oliver 'Ole' ZemenPilot
Paul DooleyChief Nyback
Nicky KattFred Duggar
Larry HoldenFarrell
Jay BrazeauFrancis
Lorne CardinalRich
James HutsonOfficer #1
Andrew CampbellOfficer #2
Paula ShawCoroner
Crystal LowerKay Connell
Tasha SimmsMrs. Connell
Martin DonovanHap Eckhart

  • Genre: Mystery Movies
  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 118 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 24, 2002
    EuropeAug 30, 2002
    JapanSep 7, 2002
    AustraliaSep 5, 2002
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaJul 13, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 3, 2004
    EuropeJul 7, 2003
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