Insomnia (Christopher Nolan, 2002)

Al Pacino, Robin Williams

Two detectives from LA go to Nightmute Alaska, where the sun doesn't set in summer, to investigate the murder of a teenager.

An excellent film in the crime genre. It's unusual in that the criminal, rather than the detective, seems to be in control of the investigation. It's also somewhat unusual in casting a great comic actor as a straight villain. This seems to me to be a mistake. Robin Williams is not a good-looking man, but he's not evil-looking either, and it's not interesting looking at his profile while he's talking in an ordinary way. Al Pacino, on the other hand, is magnificent. Born in 1940, he's about 61 when shooting this, but still runs and fights effectively. More importantly, he's a bit like Mozart, in that even though you're familiar with the style of work it stills seems capable of surprising from moment to moment.

Garry Gillard | New: 10 March, 2017 | Now: 26 August, 2018