All we know is that she's a fan of Dormer, but out to prove herself and make a mark. Still, her script contains some juicy scenes that benefit all our characters in this film. Stellan Skarsgard gives a very good performance as the detective struggling to keep control of himself and the situation. Could he still do a decent movie, a cut above the rest? In these cases, you do not want the machine to go to sleep because you're using it - even though you're not actually using it! I don't think Americans would buy it. So the script's good but not excellent.
A battle between a person's conscience and his actions are truly at the forefront of this intellectually intriguing and complex thriller. The lack of a stronger script is offset by some fine acting and assured direction. But the greatest thanks goes to Al Pacino himself. Bjørn Floberg also turns in a solid performance as the prime suspect. And if for no other reason, the original is worth watching because it highlights why the remake is such a feat. Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 4: Worth watching. Including a grotesque scene with a stray dog, Insomnia is not for squeamish and although it succeeds in keeping the viewer awake throughout there's something very rotten in the state of Norway.
Swank's performance as Detective Burr seems unnecessary right up until the final moments in the film. I found this film to be exceptionally entertaining. Ultimately a measured, compelling and really rather nasty film. He has never been so good. It's not easy to find movies who's foundation are based on cinematography and atmosphere, but this movie is just that. Yet what separates this role from others is his portrayal of L.
Also, Skarsgard's character is an unromantic womanizer which has lead to his current situation, but the hollywood version has the character embroiled in an internal affairs investigation. In times like this, you don't want the machine to go to sleep right now, but are otherwise happy with the default sleep behavior. The suspect escapes, and a frightened Jonas pins Erik's death on the fugitive. He's also still got a murder to solve, in addition to the blackmail and framing of an innocent bystander being orchestrated by the man they were chasing. Therefore he's constantly awake, and as the hunt continues, getting more and more tired - and more and more likely to mistake.
Judging from the previews, premature assumptions can be made labeling the film as another simple 'cat-and-mouse' thriller. Swank is a bit disappointing - it's not a fault of her acting abilities, but more of a character that seems decidedly under-developed. So why is it above average? I plan to see the remake of 'Insomnia' eventually, but whether you have seen it or not, I would recommend catching the film that inspired it. Certainly more Bad Lieutenant than Colombo. From his shed, Finch shoots at them with a shotgun, and Burr returns fire while Dormer sneaks around to Finch's location. Would you have done the same? Suffering from acute guilt, Jonas becomes increasingly involved in a web of paranoia, deceit and cover-ups, and to top it all he still can't get a decent nap with all these shenanigans going on. Nolan Memento creates a complex and carefully construed tale that has plenty of intentional misdirection that is quite convincing.
But what about those times when the computer is doing something useful and the relevant program does not suppress the default sleep behavior? Helped by the stark, but somewhat oppressively gloomy beauty of the Alaskan outpost setting, Nolan makes us experience the same sense of unease and disorientation Dormer himself feels. By letting an idle machine enter sleep mode, the user benefits from a significant reduction in electricity use, heat generation, component wear, etc. While the concept had potential - brought out in the superior Hollywood remake - the unfocused storyline and stoic acting made me doze off briefly while watching this film. Sometimes they are correct, but not here. Finch wants help in shifting suspicion to Kay's abusive boyfriend Randy Stetz and will stay silent about the Eckhart shooting in return. Brilliant, moody, a bit creepy.
And each day his eyes are more sunken, he's groggier, less focused. So I felt I was lucky that Christopher Nolan took it upon himself to do it. Despite its' disappointing anticlimactic finale, the film still has enough zest and brilliance to make this film a true testament to the skill of Director Nolan. Closing the Insomnia window immediately returns to whatever sleep mode was in effect before it was run. This film succeeds on several levels of cinematic bravura.
Encounter, even murder, is a mere tick in the cog of the relentless timepiece. As he becomes more and more tired, his life and his desires race out of control, and his need to maintain his facade causes him to make decisions that take him to the edge of catastropy. The colors are quite sharp, and most scenes are expertly framed most would make gorgeous still frames. Going steadily more bonkers, Jonas calls a pretty receptionist's kittens disgusting very bad sign before trying to rape her against a row of toilet rolls. For this final scene, the film crew constructed Finch's lake house and dock from scratch and then disassembled and removed it after filming was completed in late June 2001.