Insomnia (2002)

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hillary Swank

The third film starring Al Pacino that I’ve seen as I am trying to see most of his films. This one I remember a lot and only years later I found that it was directed by Nolan, director of the Batman trilogy.

William Dormer is a decorated detective and he and his partner are sent to Nightmute Alaska to help with the investigation of the murder of a 17-year-old girl. Dormer and his partner are facing problems with Internal Affairs and that causes friction between them and to top it all, Dormer can’t sleep as the sun never goes away and the lack of darkness is not allowing him to sleep.

Ok, I went light on describing the story because you should discover the different plot twists in the film and the different storylines within the film. I have to say that I love the movie. I find the different plot lines to be so interesting and all through the Dormer character as he faces the fact that he could not think straight because he could not sleep. Ellie is a cop that admires Dormer and she has to investigate an incident involving him.

Pacino drives the movie with his performance. His face looks perfect showing a person who has not been able to sleep for days. Pacino handles the look and the physical aspect of both the pressure and the fact that he could not sleep. But what is amazing in this movie is Williams in the role of the villain. The scenes with Pacino and Williams together are great and Williams proves his range as an actor once again. Hillary Swank also gives a great performance.

Among one of Pacino’s best performances and a great film. Also, it one of Williams’s best performances.

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