Insomnia

A Film Review By Jason L. King

Starring: Al Pacino, Robin Williams
Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Rated: R for language and violence

Final Grade:

One Little lie can lead to another. Growing up I remember telling my parents that of course I wasn’t in trouble in school, as I tried to hide the note from my parents. I even managed to cover it up by very nicely forging my parents signatures, turning it into the teacher and convincing my family that nothing was wrong. Months later I find myself encountering my parents trying to cover this little mishap with yet another lie until it becomes even more lies, and well you get the picture. In the end, i realized it probably would have been a better idea to never lie in the first place. Ahh…the days of my crazy childhood. How I hope I will never see them again: ever.

Insomnia is a film about such a subject. Al Pacino plays Will Dormer, a detective who is sent to investigate a murder in Alaska with his partner. When his partner is accidentally killed in action, Dormer tries to cover it by lying about what really happened. The only problem is the killer (Robin Williams) knows the truth and knows that the truth will set him free. Dormer must decide if covering his own tracks are worth making deals with a killer.

Insomnia was a great film. I was told by a friend that it was based of another foriegn film by the same title and I have now added that film to my list of movies to watch. The plot was excellent and the camera work was great in a lot of scenes. Character development was very good, and I felt each actor carried their own weight very well.

Pacino has been and probaably always will be a great actor is not “The Godfather” of good acting. (Pardon the bad pun) Watching him on the big screen is always a pleasure whether he is a lying detective, The Godfather himself, Big Boy Caprice or Satan himself. What am I trying to say? It’s simple. Pacino= Good.

Robin Williams is a man who suddenly has taken an interest in finding new roles. Formerly that wonderfully funny man from movies such as Mrs. Doubtfire, we now find him in more dark/serious roles, such as Death to Smoochy, One Hour Photo and Insomnia. The question is though is this a positive move for Williams? I believe it is. Every actor needs to try and expand their acting horizons every once in a while or they will end up like Meg Ryan. No one in the world wants that (I Hope). Sure, there are plenty of times we wish the actor never would have tried a role, (Prime example: Owen Wilson in Behind Enemy Lines) but in the case, I think it was positve move for Williams, and I look forward to seeing more of his acting in the future.

So is it worth the $6.25? Yup sure is. I’ve put this on my list of films that I highly suggest to anyone, and even though this is only one film in a lot that will be great films this summer this is probably going to be one of the better ones I am going to see. Check it out, It’s worth the cash.

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