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Insomnia (2002)

Director: Christopher Nolan     Starring: Al Pacino Robin Williams
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40173394
UPC: 085392330720
UPC 14: 00085392330720
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Don't close your eyes.
Crime never sleeps. Neither does will dormer, a veteran lapd homicide detective sent north to alaska to head a murder case. There his investigation is disrupted by an ever-shining midnight sun that wreaks sleep-depriving havoc on his body clock and brings dormer's shady, guilt-plagued past into the open.

"...a haunting psychological drama.  Mick LaSalle, The San Francisco Chronicle
"...a solid, smart and tense thriller...  Jeffrey M. Anderson, The San Francisco Examiner
"A smart, intricately constructed thriller.  Leah Rozen, People

Editor's Note
In a remote Alaskan town called Nightmute, the murder of a teenage girl has shocked the tight-knit community. The Los Angeles Police Department sends two of its cops--both under investigation by Internal Affairs--to try to solve the crime in Christopher Nolan's film based on Erik Skjoldbjærg's 1997 Norwegian film starring Stellan Skarsgård. The experienced, weathered Will Dormer (Al Pacino) has nothing in life except for the force. His younger partner, Hap (Martin Donovan), has a family to support and is willing to turn state's evidence to protect them. Local cop Ellie Burr is excited to work with her hero, Dormer--until she starts uncovering some questionable situations. It isn't long before Dormer finds the murderer--writer Walter Finch, played with subtle nuances by Robin Williams--but Finch knows a secret that could bring Dormer down. Director Nolan, who stunned audiences with 2001's inventive MEMENTO, here crafts an atmospheric psychological thriller that is bathed in whites and grays. The acting is uniformly excellent, especially Pacino's performance as a cop on the edge and Williams as a soft-spoken, low-rent crime novelist. Because it never gets dark in Alaska at this time of year, Dormer (a play off the Spanish word "dormir," which means "to sleep") is unable to fall asleep, light always streaming into his hotel room; watching him slowly unravel is a treat.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Ingram Micro
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/28/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 118 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 23307
Video UPC UPC: 00085392330720
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Al Pacino
Video Cast Info Hilary Swank
Video Cast Info Larry Holden
Video Cast Info Martin Donovan
Video Cast Info Maura Tierney
Video Cast Info Nicky Katt
Video Cast Info Oliver 'Ole' Zemen
Video Cast Info Pacino, Al
Video Cast Info Paul Dooley
Video Cast Info Jay Brazeau
Video Cast Info Robin Williams
Video Cast Info Williams, Robin
Video Cast Info Wally Pfister - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Christopher Nolan - Director
Video Cast Info Dody Dorn - Editor
Video Cast Info George Clooney, et al. - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info John Formichella - Producer
Video Cast Info Paul Junger Witt - Producer
Video Cast Info Edward McDonnell - Producer
Video Cast Info Andrew A. Kosove - Producer
Video Cast Info Broderick Johnson - Producer
Video Cast Info Nathan Crowley - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Hillary Seitz - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Hillary Seitz - Writer

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Intensely sharp-witted....The anomalous proliferation of scenic beauty gives Mr. Nolan irony to play with, and he uses it spectacularly..." 05/24/2002 p.E1

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...[INSOMNIA] has a marvelous sense of place....Al Pacino bares the soul of this agonized tragic figure; it's one of his most memorable performances..." 06/01/2002 p.36-8

Rolling Stone
"...Thoughtful, gripping and steeped in action....It's taut, tense and terrific..." 06/06/2002 p.84

Los Angeles Times
"...Nolan once again displays an unmistakable visual confidence and a feeling for bravura moments..." 05/24/2002 p.C1

"...INSOMNIA is a gripping, highly dramatic thriller that more than confirms the distinctive talent of young Brit helmer Christopher Nolan..." 05/13/2002 p.23-6

Box Office
"...A superior version of an already very good film....[With] spectacular overhead cinematography..." 07/01/2002 p.86-7

Sight and Sound
"...Nolan her proves his assurance in handling a much bigger picture in every respect..." 09/01/2002 p.63-4

Total Film
"...Highly involving....[Nolan's] expanding talent is undeniable..." 10/01/2002 p.126

"A completely engrossing thriller that proved MEMENTO wasn't a fluke for director Christopher Nolan....[The actors] are at the top of their game..." 07/12/2010

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
Pacino and Williams are very good together. Their scenes work because Pacino's character, in regarding Williams, is forced to look at a mirror of his own self-deception. The two faces are a study in contrasts. Pacino is lined, weary, dark circles under his eyes, his jaw slack with fatigue. Williams has the smooth, open face of a true believer, a man convinced of his own case. In this film... Williams reminds us that he is a considerable dramatic talent--and that while, over the years, he has chosen to appear in some comedic turkeys... his serious films are almost always good ones. - Roger Ebert

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10
For those who have not seen the earlier Insomnia, this motion picture delivers the goods. It's smart, well-acted, beautifully shot, and suspenseful. For those who are familiar with the source material, while there may be a sense that something is lacking, the movie still has the capacity to engage for two hours. Insomnia does not become one of those rare remakes to eclipse the original, but it doesn't disgrace it, either. Under the relentless glare of the Midnight Sun, the only darkness is in the hearts and actions of the characters. - James Berardinelli

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Pacino,Al
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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