Sunday, April 5, 2020     Volume: 21, Issue: 5
Signup

Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
1917
AD ASTRA
BINGABLE: ABANDONED (2016)
BINGABLE: DON’T F**K WITH CATS: HUNTING AN INTERNET KILLER (2019)
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: CASA DE LAS FLORES
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: GRACE AND FRANKIE
BINGEABLE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARIES
BINGEABLE: OUTLANDER (2014-present)
BINGEABLE: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (1995)
BINGEABLE: RUSSIAN DOLL
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)
BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: COOL RUNNINGS (1993)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: FISH TANK (2009)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: HOUSE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: OLDBOY
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BLAST FROM THE PAST: ROBOCOP
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART
BLAST FROM THE PAST: YOU’VE GOT MAIL
BLOODSHOT
DOCTOR SLEEP
EMMA
FORD V FERRARI
GUILTY PLEASURE: THE HANGOVER
GUILTY PLEASURES: CHEER (2020)
GUILTY PLEASURES: GIRL MEETS WORLD (2014-2017)
HATEWATCH: 92ND ACADEMY AWARDS (2020)
HATEWATCH: NAILED IT!
HATEWATCH: THE WITCHER (2019)
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
I STILL BELIEVE
JOJO RABBIT
JOKER
KNIVES OUT
LITTLE WOMEN
MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN
ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD
ONWARD
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE CALL OF THE WILD
THE GENTLEMEN
THE HUNT
THE INVISIBLE MAN
THE LIGHTHOUSE
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
THE WAY BACK
TV REVIEW:
TV REVIEW: LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE
TV REVIEW: SELF MADE: INSPIRED BY THE LIFE OF MADAM C.J. WALKER
TV REVIEW: TABOO
TV REVIEW: WESTWORLD (Season 3 debut)
UNCUT GEMS
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS
UNDERRATED: DOUBLE DRAGON (1994)
UNDERRATED: INSOMNIA
UNDERRATED: SHUTTER ISLAND
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
UNDERRATED: THE FALLING
YESTERDAY
ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

UNDERRATED: INSOMNIA

PHOTO BY PHOTO COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. PICTURES

UNDERRATED: INSOMNIA


Where is it playing?: Blu-ray, DVD, Amazon Prime, iTunes

What's it rated?: R

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

Two LAPD homicide detectives are dispatched to Nightmute, a small fishing town in Alaska, to assist with an ongoing murder investigation. One half of the duo, Detective Will Dormer (Al Pacino), looks exhausted from the moment we meet him. We soon come to realize he’s become drained due to a recent scuffle with internal affairs. Perhaps an escape from the hustle and bustle of LA will do him some good?

“I think you’ll find things are a lot more straightforward here,” Nightmute’s police chief, Charlie Nyback (Paul Dooley), assures Dormer.

“Good guys, bad guys, and a lot less public relations. ... Except for this,” Nyback says as he hands a case file to Dormer. Inside the folder are photos of a 17-year-old girl’s rotting corpse. This is Kay Connell, whose body was found wrapped up in garbage bags at the town’s dump. Dormer’s sleep deprivation is about to become a whole lot worse. And the town’s perpetual daylight isn’t going to help either, thanks to Alaska’s midnight sun (the film takes place during the summer).

This is the initial setup for Insomnia (2002), director Christopher Nolan’s (Memento, The Dark Knight) American remake of the 1997 Norwegian film of the same name. I’ve seen both, but the remake much more recently, and if I’m being honest, much more frequently over the years. What keeps bringing me back? Pacino vs. Robin Williams. It’s that simple. It’s the celebrity showdown I never guessed I would have needed in my life. How Nolan ever thought that pitting Scarface against Mrs. Doubtfire was a great idea must have been divine intervention.

Without giving away too much of the mystery that unfolds, Williams plays Walter Finch, a local author who becomes a suspect in the case due to his “mentorship” with the deceased, who aspired to be a writer someday. Dormer is pretty much convinced Finch is the killer from the get-go, but a certain event takes place early on in the film that forces Dormer to tread lightly, as Finch is the sole witness to said event. In other words, Genie’s got some dirty deets on Michael Corleone.

The cat-and-mouse relationship between Pacino and Williams is at the heart of Insomnia, but the film’s other body parts are nearly just as meaty. Hilary Swank gives a stellar supporting performance as Nightmute detective Ellie Burr, as does Maura Tierney as a hotel owner who Dormer confides in one night, his seventh without sleeping a wink. Add to the mix an unsettling but beautiful score, cold, calculated direction, and an eerie, morbid atmosphere ironically drenched in sunshine, and you’ve got Insomnia. (118 min.) 

Caleb Wiseblood








Weekly Poll
What has you most worried as coronavirus cautions continue?

I'm afraid that I or someone close to me will get sick.
The government isn't telling us everything we need to know.
People in my neighborhood aren't sheltering at home.
The possibility that Netflix and Amazon could crash.

| Poll Results






My 805 Tix - Tickets to upcoming events