Insomnia ★★★½ 2002 (R)
American remake of a 1997 Norwegian films finds veteran police detective Will Dormer (Pacino), under Internal Affairs investigation back home, sent to a small Alaskan town to investigate the murder of a 17-year-old girl. Primary suspect Walter Finch (Williams) plays a game of psychological chicken after witnessing a moment of Dormer's increasing weakness. Pacino, in service to an excellent script, gives an outstanding performance as the guilt-ridden, exhausted supercop, and Swank impresses (again) as the idol-worshipping but self-assured local deputy. “Memento” helmer Nolan proves there doesn't have to be a letdown after a breakout, groundbreaking hit. 116m/C VHS, DVD . US Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Maura Tierney, Martin Donovan, Nicky Katt, Paul Dooley, Jonathan Jackson, Katharine Isabelle, Larry Holden, Crystal Lowe, Tasha Simms; D: Christopher Nolan; W: Hillary Seitz; C: Wally Pfister; M: David Julyan.