When a girl in the small Alaska town Nightmute gets found dead, the local community is shocked and because of not enough experience with such cases, the local police calls in the help of detectives Dormer (Pacino) and Eckhart (Martin Donovan).
In Nightmute, the Midnight Sun is present, however, which means that the light never goes out. For Dormer, this causes some problems as he can hardly sleep, also because Internal Affairs are out to get him and his partner and this is troubling his mind. Meanwhile, the investigation is going along pretty good and after a short while, it’s looking like they’ll catch the killer quickly. When they set up a trap, the killer manages to get away in the fog but Dormer accidentally kills his partner. Not knowing what to do, Dormer decides to lie and tries to blame the killer for shooting Eckhart. If everyone believes this story, all his troubles would be over as IA wouldn’t have the possibility even for making a case against him. One detail, however, is that the killer saw what happened and contacts Dormer. He want to meet and discuss what they’ll be doing further.
Sound and Vision:
The image quality is very nice with good use of colors to show the difference between interior (warm and cosy) and the outside (cold and hard). Edge enhancement or compression errors are not present and everything put together makes a really fine transfer.
The same goes for the soundtrack which is more dialogue-driven but still manages to give some extra punch and uses the surround channels when necessary.
Two commentary tracks are included, one by Christopher Nolan who only comments at certain scenes, and another where we get to hear interview fragments from Hilary Swank, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Dody Dorn, cinematographer Wally Pfister and writer Hillary Seitz. Not really interesting though. What is interesting is the dialogue between Al Pacino and Christopher Nolan where Pacino teaches the young director a couple of tricks for his job and asks why certain decisions were made. Really interesting and entertaining stuff. There’s one deleted scene which is accompanied by commentary from Nolan.
Also present are several short featurettes which in global give you an idea on how the production was made along with another featurette which gives some insight on the scientific explanation of why people can’t sleep under certain circumstances
I’ve always loved Al Pacino as an actor and in Insomnia he again can’t disappoint me. The movie is great although a little slow-paced for my taste and Robin Williams portrays a great killer. The dvd is pretty interesting with some good extras and fine image & sound quality. Definitely one to check out