Al Pacino, Hillary Swank, Robin Williams
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Originally released 2002
Fox Home Entertainment 2010
Insomnia is a moody, creepy, and very good thriller that looks great on Blu-ray. Al Pacino is veteran LAPD homicide detective Will Dormer. He and his partner (Martin Donovan) are sent to Nightmute, a remote Alaskan community where a young woman has been murdered. There they are partnered with Ellie Burr (Hillary Swank), an eager young detective who obviously admired Dormer. Nightmute is experiencing 24-hour daylight and Dormer cannot get any sleep. This starts to affect him psychologically
The cops set a trap for the killer. Things go badly and Dormer shoots his partner and kills him. This is suspicious as his partner was going to cooperate with an Internal Affairs investigation. It is also suspicious because Dormer covers up his crime. At the same time he tells Burr to make sure her report on the shooting is complete before she signs it.
Insomnia is a slow paced mystery that will please fans who prefer their thrillers to be about solving a crime and not about car chases and gun battles. If features original story developments and interesting characters. Robin Williams shows up halfway through in a nonconventional role.
Special features on Insomnia Blu-ray are Additional Scene;
2 Commentary tracks: One with Director Christopher Nolan ( in Order of Shooting Sequence) and one with Hilary Swank and others. 4 Featurettes: Day for Night: Making the Movie 180°: A Conversation with Christopher Nolan and Al Pacino; In the Fog: Cinematography and Production Design; Eyes Wide Open: The Insomniac's World