Welcome to episode 152 of Dark Discussions, our second roundtable of genre film starring Robin Williams. A celebration of the multi-talented legend and his ability to play so many various and different roles. Insomnia, an English language remake of a Norwegian film starring Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård, was the film that brought director Christopher Nolan to superstardom and prominence.
Los Angeles police detective Will Dormer and his partner head off to Nightmute, Alaska to help in a case of the murder of a seventeen year old girl. Arriving as both a renowned person within his field but also as an officer being investigated for wrong doing, Dormer immediately suspects that the usual suspects are highly unlikely to have committed the brutal crime. When a stakeout goes awry, there’s a new person of interest. Is a serial killer on the loose? And is the psychological cat-and-mouse between Dormer and the new suspect just the beginning down a path to amoral deeds?
With its incredible cast of Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hillary Swank, and the fantastic direction by Christopher Nolan, Insomnia was a splendid surprise in the filmographies of its two leading men. Dark, gloomy, and using its locations superbly, the film is a character study of one man’s descent into humiliation and dishonor while bringing out the very best of mysteries, thrillers, and police procedurals in modern film.