Join in on watching and discussing this weeks movie Insomnia
From acclaimed director Chris Nolan (
Memento) comes the story of a veteran police detective (Al Pacino) who is sent to a small Alaskan town to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. Forced into a psychological game of cat-and-mouse by the primary suspect (Robin Williams), events escalate and the detective finds his own stability dangerously threatened.
Release date: May 24, 2002 (USA)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Screenplay: Hillary Seitz
Box office: 113.8 million USD
Robin Williams would later say that the isolation of filming on location in Alaska contributed to his falling off the wagon and drinking relapse while shooting this film.
This film stars three Academy Award winners: Al Pacino, Hilary Swank, and Robin Williams.
During the shooting of the film there was an avalanche near the set. Footage of it shot by DOP Wally Pfister is included as an extra in the blu-ray.
Christopher Nolan told TIME Magazine that he had to deal with leading actors with highly different approaches. Al Pacino insisted on meticulous preparation, serious talks about character motivation and lots of takes, Robin Williams preferred hardly any rehearsal, but many takes, and Hilary Swank wished to do just a few takes to stay completely focused. Nolan therefore let Pacino and Williams freely experiment and work things out together, in order to get attuned to each other.
Robin Williams and Paul Dooley previously co-starred in Popeye (1980), as Popeye and Wimpy.
Both Robin Williams and director Christopher Nolan have a connection to the comic book character Batman. Williams was originally slated to play the Joker in Batman (1989) and was later approached to play the Riddler in Batman Forever (1995), while Nolan later directed the Dark Knight Trilogy.