“Insomnia” – film review

Reasons You Can’t Sleep

Insomnia

“There are two kinds of people in Alaska,” said the bartender.  “Those who are born here and those who come here to escape something.  I wasn’t born here.”  I wouldn’t know if it is true, but it’s a fabulous movie line.  She, the bartender, says this after realizing that detective who can’t sleep is doing his best to hide the fact that he shot and killed his partner.  That’s not a spoiler, but it’s an interesting premise.

When a teenage girl is found murdered in a remote cabin, Chief Nyback (Paul Dooley) in Nightmute, Alaska, asks for help from an old friend, Detective Will Dormer (Al Pacino) from LAPD.  Dormer and his partner Hap Eckhart (Martin Donovan) fly up at a rather convenient time because the detective is facing an investigation from Internal Affairs because planting evidence is wrong, even when a suspect is guilty.  That’s the first reason Dormer can’t sleep.  The second is Alaska is nearly full sun 24 hours at that particular time of year.  Then comes the third reason.

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