I was REALLY impressed by ‘Insomnia’, the directorial debut from Norwegian Erik Skjoldbjaerg. If this movie is any indication of his talents he is one writer/director to watch! I have yet to see Christopher Nolan’s Hollywood remake of this movie but I would be extremely surprised if it manages to equal it, let alone top it. (And I absolutely loved ‘Memento’) At first you think you’re going to see something you’ve seen a hundred times, a mismatched “buddy” cop movie or your standard serial killer mystery, but the movie quickly enters unfamiliar territory and manages to subvert expectations. Apart from Stellan Skarsgard (‘Breaking The Waves’, ‘Ronin’) the cast was unknown to me, but they are all first rate, and I couldn’t say there was a bad piece of acting throughout. But Skarsgard, a woefully underrated actor, steals the whole show with an utterly brilliant and compelling performance that shows a depth rarely seen by Hollywood actors, especially in thrillers. ‘Insomnia’ is a fantastic movie that I cannot fault. The less you know about it the better. Whatever you do, SEE this movie! Highly recommended, especially for those sick and tired at how most thrillers made these days are so predictable and formulaic. It doesn’t have to be so, and ‘Insomnia’ proves it!
Insomnia (1997) Movie Data
Insomnia (1997) is Crime Horror Mystery Genres film which released in 1997. Insomnia (1997) supported by Sverre Anker Ousdal, Stellan SkarsgÃ¥rd, and Maria Mathiesen. This movie has 1h 36min duration and rating around 7.3 star from 10,652 movie experts. Not bad.
Insomnia (1997) Short Storyline
In a Norwegian city with a 24-hour daylight cycle a Swedish murder investigator has been brought in on a special case. Sleep deprived, he makes a horrible mistake which is discovered by the killer he has been hunting.
Actor Actress behind Insomnia (1997) Movie
Stellan SkarsgÃ¥rd,Maria Mathiesen,Sverre Anker Ousdal
Director: Erik SkjoldbjÃ¦rg
Writer: Nikolaj Frobenius
Insomnia (1997) PLOT STORY
In a Norwegian city with a 24-hour daylight cycle, a Swedish murder investigator is brought in to find an elusive killer. But when the officer accidentally kills his own partner and covers it up, a double sided game of cat-and-mouse ensues.
Two criminal investigators arrive in a town in the north of Norway to help the local police solve the murder of a young girl. A second murder sets the investigators off on an intense race where the stakes are as high for them as for their quarry.
In Troms, Swedish cops aid the Norwegian police in hunting for the murderer of a girl, 15. They track a suspect; in the fog near the sea he seems to escape, wounding one policeman. One of the Swedes, Jonas EngstrÃ¶m, fires his revolver, accidentally killing his partner. He then tries to cover it up. Over the next several days, the sleepless EngstrÃ¶m manipulates the evidence of his partner’s death more and more elaborately as he and others pursue the girl’s killer. Then, he hears from the killer, who has observed him shoot his partner. Is a net closing in on EngstrÃ¶m? Will someone police the police?
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