Movie Stats & Links
||Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary
Swank, Maura Tierney
||Leave them at home
with the sitter.
She might hold on to you for support.
||A naked lady in
the morgue. As Mr. Skin says, just pretend she's acting.
||Lots of hints at
it, but it's mostly a thriller.
||Some chase scenes,
but more on the suspense level.
||Every scene of
Dormer losing his mind.
||A joke by one of
the detectives: "What has two thumbs and loves blow
jobs?" Everyone says "What?" He points to himself
and says "Me!"
||Paul Junger Witt,
Edward L. McDonnell, Broderick Johnson
You know what I liked most about "Insomnia?" Of course
you donít, but Iíll tell you. In addition to great actors and
actresses, the best thing I liked about "Insomnia" is that it didnít
go for the happy-go-lucky ending. Up until the end you never feel
cheated that this great drama/thriller will get sappy. I liked that.
Anyway, letís goÖ
A Movie Review
"Insomnia" gives us, first of all, Will Dormer (Al Pacino) and Hap Eckhart (Martin Donovan). They get sent to a small
town in Alaska known for catching halibut. It seems that in this town
there has been a curious murder, and with Dormer being a great police
investigator it should really be no time before they catch the killer.
Picking up Dormer and Eckhart from their sea-plane landing is Ellie
Burr (Hilary Swank). She studied one of Dormerís cases in her academy
days and is a big fan of the detectiveís work.
But youíve got to ask yourself why these two hotshots from Los
Angeles would get sent to Alaska for help on a case. Well, in a
secondary storyline, it seems that the internal affairs department in
L.A. is investigating cops who, well, arenít keeping things totally
truthful, and Dormer and Eckhart are next on the interrogation list.
That keeps thing hopping and develops another part of the story I
wonít talk about because it will ruin some major plot points.
About the only other thing I will tell you about this movie is that
Dormer eventually figures out that Walter Finch (Robin Williams) is
the killer. Heís a displaced author, now living in Alaska, who doesnít
really seem like the killer type, he just seems very disturbed.
Alright, I guess that could make him the killer type. So youíd think
Dormer, the great detective that he is, would have no problem getting
Finch into custody. The only problem is that Finch has some
information that could ruin Dormerís career, and now itís a race for
Dormer to make sure there is enough evidence to bust Finch before
Finch uses the leverage he has on Dormer to go free.
And thatís all you really need to know about this movie else major
twists and turns will be ruined.
The movie is called "Insomnia" simply because Dormer canít fall
asleep. One of his problems is that they are in Alaska in the
summertime, and in one of the telling scenes, as theyíre standing in
the dead girlís bedroom, Dormer says they should go question the
boyfriend while heís in the classroom. Itís daylight out and he should
be in school, right? So he tells everyone "Letís go," they look at him
funny, he says something like "What time is it?" They respond "ten
oíclock," he looks back like "whatís the problem then?", and they
respond "P.M." Dormer forgot that it doesnít get dark in Alaska in the
summertime. There are other issues stopping Dormer from getting a good
nightís sleep, and this plays havoc with his senses as the days go on.
So letís begin to wrap this up. Good things about "Insomnia": A
clever story that doesnít go for cheesiness in the end; A great
location for a story like this to take place; and good supporting
characters keeping that small-town, weary of outsiders feel. Great
things about "Insomnia": The acting of Pacino, Williams, and Swank.
You should guess as much coming from these actors, but this movie let
them really shine. Pacino really looks like he didnít sleep for the
film, especially as the days go on. You can see the desperation in his
eyes as he tries to keep his wits about him, but quickly see him lose
his senses, and his sensibility, and make mistakes you know he
normally wouldnít; Williams shows that he really has a wide range of
acting talents, playing the homely writer, knowing he made a mistake,
but devious and twisted enough to know he might have an out as to not
get caught; And Swank, at first enamored at being able to work with
Dormer, does a great job at beginning to wonder the ethics of her
hero, but wonders if going against oneís ethics are really just part
of the job.
Sorry I got a little long-winded on this review, but if you are
looking for a really good thriller showing the talents of great actors
and actresses (I didn't mention Maura Tierney, but she does well as
the hotel manager lady), well, head for "Insomnia." You donít, for a
minute, think Finch will go into some goofy, funny rant as Robin
Williams sometimes does, you are waiting for Dormer to just lose it at
some point because you know Pacino can do that well, and you wonder if
Ellie will change her attitude from enamored to wondering if sheís
doing it wrong. Just a great thriller. Itís 4 Ĺ stars out of 5 for
"Insomnia." I really enjoyed it. Let yourself get lost in the story
and you might like it too.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!