Lisa Schwarzbaum
June 07, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Insomnia (Movie - 2002)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
118 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/24/02
performer
Al Pacino, Hilary Swank, Robin Williams, Martin Donovan (Actor), Maura Tierney
director
Christopher Nolan
Producer
Steven Soderbergh
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Hillary Seitz
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A-

In Insomnia, Al Pacino plays a veteran detective on loan from the LAPD to investigate the murder of a teenage girl in northern Alaska. His character suffers from severe sensory disorientation brought on by the never-setting sun, but Pacino the great actor is wide awake, giving his most powerful, nuanced performance in years. As a prime suspect, Robin Williams conveys a finicky creepiness. Christopher Nolan (”Memento”) uses his first big Hollywood picture to demonstrate that he’s a filmmaker in full control of mood, tone, and pacing.

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