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The Cure For Insomnia Reviews

How many hours is The Cure for Insomnia?

The Cure for Insomnia 1987 film by John Henry Timmis IV The Cure for InsomniaDirected byJohn Henry Timmis IVWritten byNickoli SchirripaProduced byJoseph Emm MatuneStarringLee GrobanCinematographyJohn Henry Timmis IVEdited bySean Jay Manning Release date January 31, 1987 Running time 5,220 minutes (87 hours)CountryUSLanguageEnglish The Cure for Insomnia is a 1987 directed by John Henry Timmis IV, which was, according to, the film.

  • At 5,220 minutes long (87 hours, or 3 days and 15 hours) in length, the film has no plot, instead consisting of artist L.D.
  • Groban reading his 4,080-page poem A Cure for Insomnia over the course of three and a half days, spliced with occasional clips from and videos.
  • It was first played in its entirety at the, (), from January 31 to February 3, 1987, in one continuous showing.

It has not been released on DVD or other home video formats and all known copies are considered as lost.

What is cure for insomnia?

Lifestyle and home remedies – No matter what your age, insomnia usually is treatable. The key often lies in changes to your routine during the day and when you go to bed. These tips may help. Basic tips:

Stick to a sleep schedule. Keep your bedtime and wake time consistent from day to day, including on weekends. Stay active. Regular activity helps promote a good night’s sleep. Schedule exercise at least a few hours before bedtime and avoid stimulating activities before bedtime. Check your medications. If you take medications regularly, check with your doctor to see if they may be contributing to your insomnia. Also check the labels of OTC products to see if they contain caffeine or other stimulants, such as pseudoephedrine. Avoid or limit naps. Naps can make it harder to fall asleep at night. If you can’t get by without one, try to limit a nap to no more than 30 minutes and don’t nap after 3 p.m. Avoid or limit caffeine and alcohol and don’t use nicotine. All of these can make it harder to sleep, and effects can last for several hours. Don’t put up with pain. If a painful condition bothers you, talk to your doctor about options for pain relievers that are effective enough to control pain while you’re sleeping. Avoid large meals and beverages before bed. A light snack is fine and may help avoid heartburn. Drink less liquid before bedtime so that you won’t have to urinate as often.

At bedtime:

Make your bedroom comfortable for sleep. Only use your bedroom for sex or sleep. Keep it dark and quiet, at a comfortable temperature. Hide all clocks in your bedroom, including your wristwatch and cellphone, so you don’t worry about what time it is. Find ways to relax. Try to put your worries and planning aside when you get into bed. A warm bath or a massage before bedtime can help prepare you for sleep. Create a relaxing bedtime ritual, such as taking a hot bath, reading, soft music, breathing exercises, yoga or prayer. Avoid trying too hard to sleep. The harder you try, the more awake you’ll become. Read in another room until you become very drowsy, then go to bed to sleep. Don’t go to bed too early, before you’re sleepy. Get out of bed when you’re not sleeping. Sleep as much as you need to feel rested, and then get out of bed. Don’t stay in bed if you’re not sleeping.

Is Insomnia a good movie?

Do Not Sleep I didn’t know that ‘Insomnia’ was based on a Norwegian movie of the same title. Otherwise, I would have watched the original film first. What convinced me to watch this one was the cast that included three super-talented actors and the director Christopher Nolan (‘loved his ‘Memento’). Thus, my comment is pretty much just about the movie rather than how it compares to the original. There’s really a lot to like about. This isn’t merely a ‘catch-the-bad-guy’ thriller but a character driven psychological drama. It starts as a who done it, then turns into a how done it to why done it to what are you going to do about it. While it is the complex characters that stand out, the details of the murder case(s) are very well presented and the layered twists add well to the plot. ‘Insomnia’ is fascinating to look at. The production design is of very high quality and the cinematography is breathtaking. The attention to detail and the emphasis of the visuals that make the viewer experience Dormer’s sleep deprived world is stunning. Incidentally, I was watching it very late at night and perhaps that is the best time to watch it. Nolan’s style of execution is remarkable. Daylight is used very effectively as a character of its own. In a way, it’s the antagonist of the movie that leads to Dormer’s mental ‘deterioration’. It’s a dark movie set in constant daylight. Then there’s the clever use of fog and floating logs which in a way act as pathetic fallacies. Blood also plays a symbolic role. The quietness of a cold and gloomy Alaska is both intense and chilling. Al Pacino proves again what an excellent actor he is. It’s amazing how he eerily looks the part with bags under his eyes, a clumsy gait, stooped shoulders and a continuous expression of fatigue while he dives into the depth of an extremely complex character. Robin Williams skillfully downplays his part as the latently manipulative Finch as he takes advantage of Dormer’s vulnerability. Hillary Swank brings an air of freshness as the rookie detective who also has to make a difficult decision towards the end. Maura Tierney makes very good use of her few scenes. On the flip side, it may seem as though ‘Insomnia’ loses focus in some scenes as it appears to derail. Of course there are different ways of looking at this. The ending feels rushed and is very predictable. Also Williams’s Finch could have been more developed considering the important role he has. Nonetheless, it’s a well-made film. I intend to watch the Norwegian version to see how it compares but on its own, Nolan’s ‘Insomnia’ is a fascinating experience and the cast and crew deserve all the praise for finally putting it all together.93 out of 102 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink 9 /10 It Made Me Tired Al Pacino’s character looked tired when he arrived in the Alaskan town. As he attempts to reconcile a serious mistake, he grows wearier and wearier. Enter Robin Williams, a sociopath who plays a cat and mouse game with Pacino. Balance that against the perceptive and admiring Hillary Swank and a lot of baggage from Pacino, and you have the ingredients for a terrific thrill a minute film. I found myself rooting for the Pacino character even though there is a level of dishonesty that will be hard to reconcile. He must cover some huge tracks. There are some issues with Williams’ ability to know things that are a little far fetched. Many villains fall into that gap, but that’s OK. We take him for what he is. It’s an engaging movie.13 out of 13 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink 9 /10 A reminder of what a good director, script, and cast can achieve Warning: Spoilers Christopher Nolan follows the flawless MEMENTO with this, another one-word title film and another inventive, superb effort. Based on a Norwegian movie (which I haven’t, as yet, seen), this tells the oft-told tale of a world-weary cop vs. a nasty and particularly slimy killer. What makes it special is the script – very believable and down-to-earth – and the characters, who are so realistically drawn that you can easily believe they are living, breathing people. The setting of the icy, desolate Alaskan town is very good indeed, combined with excellent cinematography which brings out every characteristic of the location and makes it feel really unique. Nolan shoots his film expertly, mixing in some fine chase and action sequences (the log run is brilliantly conceived) with the heavier, more dramatic moments. Al Pacino is fine in the role of the ageing, flawed cop. Sure it’s a performance we’ve all seen before but he makes it extra special with his singular powers of method acting and realism. You feel tired just looking at his weary, end-of-the-road cop. The supporting cast are all fine but it’s Robin Williams who really steals the show as the killer, Finch. Williams is nasty, slimy, villainous, creepy, and totally scary, a mundane and quiet little man who’s prone to bursts of a violent psychopathic nature. The film remains unpredictable throughout, letting the suspense build gradually as the cat-and-mouse storyline increases the tension, before ending in a sudden burst of violence and excitement. Magnificent stuff, sadly all too rare these days in Hollywood but a reminder of what a good director, a good script and a good cast can really do.20 out of 22 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink 8 /10 Good Acting Elevates This ‘Sleeper’ Warning: Spoilers Al Pacino’s acting once again is a highlight of a film he’s in. He has the capacity to dominate a film with his presence. In this re-make of the Norwegian film, Pacino is excellent as a good-yet-tainted policeman who starts to unravel after not sleeping for four or five days. The Alaskan summer, with light 24 hours of day, can do that to visitors Robin Williams, meanwhile, plays a killer. It’s funny how comedians can do so well playing dramatic roles and Williams is a prime example. He’s especially good at creepy nut-cases (See “One Hour Photo”) Williams doesn’t enter the movie until about halfway through and he’s fascinating in a low-key role (until the end). For a modern-day crime film, this doesn’t have a lot of action but that’s fine if the acting is this good and the story involving. Here, the acting is better than the story. Kudos to Hillary Swank, too, for her performance as the cop. The Alaskan scenery ain’t bad, either.55 out of 67 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink a masterful psychological thriller Warning: Spoilers Like the 1997 Norwegian film on which it is based, ‘Insomnia’ is a superbly crafted crime thriller, one that is more concerned with the psychological complexities of its main character than with the minutiae of the criminal investigation itself – though the details of the case are fascinating in their own right as well. Al Pacino delivers his finest performance in years in the role of Detective Will Dormer, a seasoned homicide investigator brought in from Los Angeles to help solve the murder of a seventeen-year-old high school student in rural Alaska. The problem is that, back in L.A., Dormer is facing some heat of his own from LAPD’s Internal Affairs Division, which is beginning a probe into the propriety of some of the veteran’s actions on the job. Back in Alaska, while on a stakeout to nab the possible killer, Dormer becomes disoriented in the fog and ends up accidentally shooting and killing his longtime partner, a colleague who, Dormer had just learned, was planning to cooperate with the IA investigation back home, thereby bringing about the possible ruination of Dormer’s career and reputation. Caught off guard by this sudden turn of events, Dormer suddenly finds himself in the unfamiliar role of perpetrator, looking for ways to cover up a ‘crime’ rather than unravel it. One of the compelling themes of the film is its insistence that only a very thin line separates those who commit crimes from those whose job it is to uncover and prosecute the wrongdoers. Dormer is stunned to find how quickly and easily he can cross over that line. The outstanding screenplay by Nikolaj Frobenius and Erik Skjoldbjaerg really knows how to get into the minds and emotions of its characters, particularly in the case of Dormer, who turns out to be one of the most psychologically complex and fascinating figures we have encountered in the movies in a long, long time. Here is a man who has built his name and career on knowing how to unravel complex crimes, always priding himself on being one step ahead of the criminals who are so convinced they have left no traces behind which could point to their guilt. Yet, now Dormer finds himself in the same boat, as he anxiously looks for ways to hide the fact that he shot – even accidentally – a man who had the power to bring him down. As the story develops, Dormer, whom we assume at the start is innocent of the charges for which he is being investigated by Internal Affairs, begins to seem less and less innocent and more and more capable of doing just exactly what it is he is being accused of. Yet, the triumph of the film is that Pacino and the screenwriters never let us feel we know all there is to know about Dormer. He is truly a man of mystery, so tightly coiled that even he doesn’t know or understand all that is going on in the deepest, darkest recesses of his psyche. By setting the film in the summer near the Arctic Circle, the filmmakers are able to provide a natural phenomenon to help aggravate Dormer’s potentially psychotic condition. Like Mersault in Camus’ ‘The Stranger,’ Dormer becomes strangely disoriented by the oppressive effect of the sun, though, in this case, it is the lack of a night that drives Dormer crazy through insomnia. As the virtually indistinguishable days and nights pass without sleep, Dormer begins to suffer from delirium and hallucinations, making it all the harder for him to separate truth from fiction, fantasy from reality and – most importantly – right from wrong and morality from immortality. When the killer reveals to Dormer that he saw him shoot his partner, Dormer finds himself faced with the ethical crisis of turning the culprit in or of bonding with him as ‘partners’ in mutual criminality and guilt. Here again the once-clear and distinct line between investigator and criminal suddenly ceases to exist. Pacino, stoop-shouldered and craggy-faced – the prominent bags under his eyes a physical testimony to his weariness and sleeplessness – plumbs the very depths of this infinitely rich and complex character. In fact, there is nothing less than an outstanding performance in the entire film. Robin Williams brings an air of restraint and understatement to the part of Walter Finch, the killer who plays a cat-and-mouse mind game with the sleepless, intellectually vulnerable Dormer, exploiting Dormer’s weakened state to his own advantage. Hilary Swank brings a warmth and compassion to her role as Ellie Burr, an eager-to-please detective who has long idolized Dormer and his work, who also has to make an emotionally wrenching choice near the end of the film. Finally, Maura Tierney makes her few scenes count as a sympathetic innkeeper whom Dormer turns to as the person who happens to be handy at the moment when the need to unburden his soul spontaneously arises within him. As the film’s director, Christopher Nolan establishes and maintains a mood of quiet intensity throughout the course of the film. Helped by the stark, but somewhat oppressively gloomy beauty of the Alaskan outpost setting, Nolan makes us experience the same sense of unease and disorientation Dormer himself feels. Nolan has chosen to punctuate his film with a series of highly charged, intensely dramatic confrontation scenes between Dorman and any number of the other characters in the film. The film never wanes in interest for even a moment of its running time. It is an enormous pleasure to see a film as intelligently conceived and executed as ‘Insomnia.’ Kudos to everyone involved with making this such a rare and fascinating movie going experience. But the greatest thanks goes to Al Pacino himself. He has never been so good.119 out of 149 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink 8 /10 Excellent Performances, Especially Williams One doesn’t expect to feel claustrophobic in Alaska, but that’s exactly the effect when watching “Insomnia”. The primary story is about the police investigation of the murder of a high-school girl in a small Alaskan town. Through the pull of old acquaintances and political necessity, two LA homicide detectives (Pacino and Martin Donovan) are dispatched to the scene to help the locals. The political necessity concerns a graft investigation in which the two LA detectives are key suspects. One is thinking of copping a plea, so they are spirited out of LA to avoid the investigative light. Then they find themselves in the 24-hour day of the Alaskan summer where the two plot lines collide; the murder investigation and the graft. And what a collision it is. The insomnia of the title is suffered by the Pacino character, who can’t sleep during the movie’s 7-day span. And each day his eyes are more sunken, he’s groggier, less focused. This parallels his descent into guilt, remorse, and desperation. But to provide any more details would be to give away key plot elements. “Insomnia” is gripping and it’s best to see the movie cold. The acting, especially Robin Williams as the key suspect in the child slaying, is top notch. Williams is made for these roles, he should kiss the suck-up feel-good stuff goodbye for good. The photography is excellent, Alaska never looked so ominous, and the direction delivers the goods. Highly recommended.113 out of 135 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink 9 /10 Great, compelling piece of work! I was really looking forward to this film, and I’m glad to say that I wasn’t the least bit disappointed. First of all, I was glad to see Al Pacino on screen again. It seems like it’s been a while since I’ve seen him on screen. I think the last film he was in was “Any Given Sunday.” Pacino yet again delivers a brilliant performance, strapping the audience in for a wild ride through the emotionally scarred mind of Detective Will Dormer. It seemed like I could feel his every emotion throughout the course of the movie. Because this is a character-driven story that revolves around Dormer, his pain, anguish and guilt on account of accidentally taking his partner’s life, constant insomnia and subsequent threats by his nemesis, played by Robin Williams as a writer of trashy detective novels who’s fascinated by Dormer and blackmails him by threatening to spill out the secret of Dormer shooting his partner. As for Robin Williams, he is fully convincing as the reclusive novelist/murderer of a 17-year-old girl. I suspected, from the trailers, that he’d play a serial killer. I wouldn’t exactly classify his character as a serial killer, but he is the antagonist and a murderer and Williams plays the role perfectly, never underplaying it and never overplaying it. He could’ve went over-the-top, playing a totally ruthless killer who cackles at the thought of murdering someone in cold blood. Though he’s not our sympathetic character, you do feel sympathy for him at times. And I like how the story creates this little cat-and-mouse game between the two characters, each one plagued by skeletons in the closet. Oscar-winner Hilary Swank delivers another fine performance, and I was stunned to see how amazingly attractive she looks, after having seen her gender-bending role as Brandon Teena in “Boys Don’t Cry.” Christopher Nolan is the acclaimed director of “Memento” and he scores yet again, with this beautifully constructed thriller. I was intrigued from start to finish. Nolan’s use of lighting is dark and murky, wonderfully setting the noirish tone. Nolan shows great promise as an up-and-coming director, and with a good outlet he can possibly become the next Kubrick. I greatly look forward to seeing his next project, whenever that may be. I recommend “Insomnia” to anyone who loved Nolan’s previous “Memento” or anyone who simply enjoys a great, multi-faceted mystery/thriller that will keep you guessing at every turn. I think it’s too early to vote this movie as one of the best films of 2002, but it’s a possible candidate. We don’t see too many “great” films anymore, and whenever they’re out there it’s good to take advantage. My score: 9 (out of 10) 103 out of 123 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink 8 /10 Hardly a sleeper As said in my reviews for his masterpiece ‘Memento’ and the fascinating ‘The Prestige’, Christopher Nolan has always struck me as a very talented film-maker, and most of his films are ones that have impressed me a lot. Even weaker efforts, where his ambition can get in the way, have a good deal to admire. His films are all impeccably crafted technically, and often entertaining and thought-provoking, also knowing how to get good performances out of talented casts. ‘Insomnia’ is not one of Nolan’s best films, but not his worst. For me it’s somewhere in the middle if ranking his films, ‘Memento’ being his best and, while with a lot of impressive elements, ‘Interstellar’ being the one that impressed least. It shows fidelity to the Norwegian original, but doesn’t go so far that it’s a pale retread, in a way that is summed up very well by Roger Ebert. Nolan directs with impeccable style and sense of atmosphere, as well as an ability to tell a potentially convoluted story with clarity without resorting to excess and over-ambition. Much of ‘Insomnia’ is exceptionally well made, while beautiful Alaska has rarely been more oppressive as well while the cinematography has grit and class. David Julyan’s music score is not quite as complex as that for ‘Memento’, but has a very effective eeriness. The script is tight and thoughtful, and the story, filled with neat twists and turns, is hugely compelling and atmospheric, never being too simple but complex enough to still be understandable and be respectful to the viewer. The cat and mouse stuff could have been predictable and convoluted but executed in masterly hair-raising but also quiet tension. Performances are all strong across the board. While underused somewhat, Martin Donovan and especially Hilary Swank are great here. It is however Al Pacino and Robin Williams who are even better. Pacino gives perhaps his best performance since ‘Heat’ and he has to me definitely not been on this amount of blistering form as he is in ‘Insomnia’. Williams is cast against type, and he plays a genuinely terrifying character with menace but also dignity and restraint. Flaws are only a couple, with the film ending too conveniently and some of the editing being a touch too jumpy. All in all, a gripping film and hardly a sleeper.8/10 Bethany Cox 17 out of 19 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink 8 /10 Mesmerising performance from Pacino I used to think that nobody could come close to Robert De Niro when it comes to who was the best actor in Hollywood but as the years went by he started to pick some real Turkeys and a in the mean while an old hand was gradually taking the crown from De Niro and that is Al Pacino. In Insomnia he has picked another cracker of a film that although not fast paced is brilliantly acted and is very watchable. Hilary Swank is superb as is Robin Williams and its refreshing to see him taking a serious role instead of sentimental trash like Patch Adams but as per usual it is Al Pacino who steals the show. He plays an insomniac Cop who gets intangled in a murder case and gets into trouble after accidently killing his partner, I cant think of an actor who looks more tired than Pacino anyway so he was perfect for the role. The story is OK but to be honest the film is more about the performances than the plot.8 out of 10 79 out of 102 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink (Obvious comment ->) This movie kept me wide awake Warning: Spoilers After `Memento’, I – and a lot of others – eagerly awaited to see what Nolan would do next. Could he repeat the success? No. Could he still do a decent movie, a cut above the rest? Yes. It’s all about a killer. A top detective, Dormer (Al Pacino), along with his partner Eckhart (Martin Donavan), is called in to assist in a murder in remote Alaska. They’re assisted by the local police officer Ellie Burr (Hilary Swank), who is a big fan of Dormer. Well and good. The two detectives have a secret shared between them, which allows for some creative, character building friction. You want a twist? Got it – there’s a few. Firstly, there’s the whole `insomnia’ element – Alaska is in a 24-hour sun period, which Dormer cannot adjust to. Therefore he’s constantly awake, and as the hunt continues, getting more and more tired – and more and more likely to mistake. Speaking of mistakes – he makes a big one (which I can’t reveal) but which has dramatic consequences (not to mention character introspecting and building). This allows the movie to take a path, which is somewhat unexpected (for a bit), especially when we see how far Dormer is willing to go. It’s all let down a bit by a final fifteen minutes which is, if nothing else, too dully Hollywood predictable. Oh well. So the script’s good but not excellent. Certainly not a patch on `Memento’ as it has none of its mystery or suspense. It’s essentially a cop/bad-guy story with the insomnia twist, and doesn’t feature any spectacularly memorable moments. So why is it above average? The performances help for one. Al Pacino is the perfect person to play an insomniac – his drooping eyes are suited to Dormer. Yes he does his usual, appearing to sleep through his roles, but it suits the Dormer character and so he’s well chosen. Swank is a bit disappointing – it’s not a fault of her acting abilities, but more of a character that seems decidedly under-developed. All we know is that she’s a fan of Dormer, but out to prove herself and make a mark. Not original. Robin Williams is of course the most talked about actor here, casting himself against type as a villain. He’s remarkably restrained. I normally loathe his `comedy’ roles, and kept expecting him to burst into goofy gestures and rambling nonsense, but he keeps himself in, gives himself a quiet dignity, undercut with a credible sense of menace. It’ll make his role in `One Hour Photo’ interesting to see. His character is also reasonably interesting, let down again by the weak finale. So how does Nolan, master editor, work out here? He’s good. There is a nice repeated image that, like elements of `Memento’, only makes full sense later on. There’re some great cuts and moments indicating Pacino’s extreme fatigue – still camera work, sound being drowned out, and so forth. Certainly Nolan knows how to do his visuals and work with the beautiful Alaskan (and British Columbian) landscape to create stark images (which are, of course, also metaphorical). His use of lighting – a necessity in this movie – is good, and a nice contrast with light being used where dark would normally be the enemy. It’s his work, along with the actors, that lifts up the movie into the `well worth watching’ category. I was, in the end, a little bit disappointed with `Insomnia’. It’s not half as clever as `Memento’, presumably having to pander more towards typical Hollywood sensibilities (it appears that it deviates from the original to make it more audience friendly). The lack of a stronger script is offset by some fine acting and assured direction. I look forward to seeing what Nolan does next, just not with quite the same eagerness as I did before this.8/10.120 out of 156 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink 8 /10 Nolan can now be considered one of the best! INSOMNIA is not only the third film of acclaimed director Christopher Nolan (his first two were FOLLOWINGS and MEMENTO), but also a film that is able to intertwine the acting talents of three Academy Award winners. Al Pacino plays a celebrated cop who is asked to work on the case of a murdered girl in Alaska. Hilary Swank plays the local law enforcement who has her eyes on making a big case. Robin Williams plays a troubled Alaskan writer. Without giving anything away, INSOMNIA is definitely worth it. Some may see it, and be disappointed. One way to steer away from this failure is think of INSOMNIA as a psychological thriller rather than a “Shoot ’em up” thriller. INSOMNIA is story about loyalty and human emotion. Don’t get me wrong, the movie is thrill-packed, but let’s just say-You don’t need blood and gore to make the audience members be on the edge of their seats (which I was). INSOMNIA hits all of its points including acting, directing, screenwriting, and cinematography. It’s a first class thriller with great characters. On a side note.Pacino is worthy of an Oscar for his performance, Williams is equally excellent, and Swank also deserves recognition for complete scope of acting. A job well done by these three actors, and especially the man behind the curtain, Christopher Nolan! 237 out of 276 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink 8 /10 Not As Good as Original, But Still A Good, Dark Tale I erred in giving into temptation to watch the original Norwegian “Insomnia” on IFC just a couple of weeks before seeing this Hollywood re-make directed by indie-credible “Memento” Christopher Nolan with a very effective Academy Award-winning cast. The original movie had a tiny budget and also an excellent cast, led by the terrific Swede Stellan Skarsgård, growing as pale as that relentless sunshine during the course of the film; the usually haggard-looking Al Pacino interprets his insomnia visually through an ever more haggard face. Though the original film isn’t given as the source material until well into the closing credits, this follows the main thrust of the story closely. The changes, though, are both subtle and significant and intriguingly as American as Sam Spade when the mise en scene gets moved to Alaska (actually shot in Vancouver). Significantly, there is less sex and more morality. Hilary Swank’s character is more naive than her counterpart; Martin Donovan’s character’s role is more central to the story and, of course, Robin Williams gets more screen time than his original counterpart, as the conflict is less in the lead’s mind and more on the screen as a duel. The plot twists are done differently so I shamefully got confused between the two movies. While not as overwhelming as the original, I do think this version should rank right up with the great detective/cop-does-the-right-thing movies, and the plot makes more sense than “The Big Sleep.” (originally written 6/16/2002) 63 out of 87 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink An intense character study set against a psychological ‘cat and mouse’ game. that Christopher Nolan succeeds once again at mastering a suspenseful script into a truly superb film. Nolan (Memento) creates a complex and carefully construed tale that has plenty of intentional misdirection that is quite convincing. Al Pacino plays another one of his droopy detectives in a role that is quite unoriginal if placed in other films. Yet what separates this role from others is his portrayal of L.A. Detective Will Dormer actually has some ‘meat’ attached to it. Pacino plays a detective with a history of successful apprehensions, yet, he has flaws just like any other person and they come back to haunt him. Relocated from Los Angeles to Alaska, he is sent in hopes of capturing a killer who murdered a local schoolgirl. Judging from the previews, premature assumptions can be made labeling the film as another simple ‘cat-and-mouse’ thriller. Instead, those conceptions will be lost soon after the haunting opening credits emerge and we are transplanted directly into a deep and complex character study set against the backdrop of a local homicide mystery in a small Alaskan town. The film’s antagonist (For those who have seen the film – is he really the villain or the catalyst for Pacino’s ethical debate?) is a local writer portrayed by Robin Williams. This is Williams’ second villainous role in his trilogy of films (Death to Smoochy, One Hour Photo) that aims at diversifying his resume. Williams impresses as he juxtaposes between an innocent victim of a mishap and between a calculating and conniving murderer. Director Nolan has assembled a terrific cast as this complex plot unfolds at a frivolous rate. This is a film that a discerning viewer will admire and a viewer with a short attention span will loathe. Nolan tosses us with one set of objectives and midway through the first act, we are sitting in on an entirely different film. Adjectives such as formulaic and conventional should not be associated with a film such as this. Nolan has completely revitalized the tired genre of the murder thriller with his sleek direction and picturesque photography. Nolan first had conceived of the idea upon viewing a Norwegian film of the same name directed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg. Nolan seems to have taken the flaws of the original and improved upon them in a sleek feat of filmmaking that leaves much to be questioned about its’ brilliance. One viewing is not enough to internalize the level of sophistication Nolan has created with this brilliant film. Hillary Seitz’s first attempt at writing a screenplay is solid but must be understood that the conception was not hers. Still, her script contains some juicy scenes that benefit all our characters in this film. Three Oscar winners (Pacino, Williams and Hillary Swank) highlight this film and with good reason. At first glance, the cast seems informingly incongruent, yet with time, all explains itself. Swank’s performance as Detective Burr seems unnecessary right up until the final moments in the film. Yet, this is all of the resolute brilliance Nolan lends to this film. This film succeeds on several levels of cinematic bravura. David Julyan’s haunting score coupled with intense subliminal flashes match the films’ dark tone and Cinematographer Wally Pfister (Memento) captures the majestic beauty of the Alaskan sea front. As aforementioned, a thrilling chase of a murderer can be expected when introduced to the film. But not long after, we are delving into a debate that has a positive fix on morality. A battle between a person’s conscience and his actions are truly at the forefront of this intellectually intriguing and complex thriller. Despite its’ disappointing anticlimactic finale, the film still has enough zest and brilliance to make this film a true testament to the skill of Director Nolan. Giancarlo’s Rating: *** 92 out of 123 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink 10 /10 Great spin on the genre. Warning: Spoilers I loved the cop working with the killer. He’s playing both side trying to save himself and stop the killer. And the added element of the endless day light was another great ingredient. Pacino as usual gives an outstanding performance. He made me tired just watching him. He did great at his progression of looking more and more tired. And he does these little things you don’t normally see actors do. I don’t know if I can explain it. But he seems comfortable to the point that he’s outside the box and it adds reality. Hilary Swank was great as the young doe eyed cop. She had that look of enthusiasm and optimism in her eyes. And the way that she always looked at Pacino. She was starting out and he was ending. You can see it in both of their faces. Robin Williams was a different but great choice. He’s obviously a good actor, we’ve known that. But we’ve never seen him like this before. He has some kind of sadness in his face and voice. Something that evokes your sympathy. You didn’t want to believe the he was a killer and wanted to believe his story that the murder wasn’t his fault. But then his calm passivity becomes creepy and scary. You know what he did the whole time and the fact that he’s this calm about it makes him scary. This has two of the best/inventive chases I’ve ever seen. The foggy beach and the logs in the water. Not only does it utilize the area but it’s different. Chasing someone in the fog where you can’t see a thing and the killer could be right in front of you is good suspense. And on the beach with big rocks so you have to keep looking where you’re going. The logs in the water is everything dangerous: fast, always moving, with the threat of drowning and the ground is unstable. When he falls in the sound was very good at conveying the power of the crashing logs. This was also a good remake. They took the story, made it their own and Americanized it. I hate it when a remake doesn’t add anything new. If you’re going to make it in a different country, make it in a different country. Don’t do what “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” did. The Norwegian one is very good and worth watching. You know you’re a good director when this is your least good movie. Of course at the time this was from the guy that did “Memento.” We had no idea what the future held for this great director’s career. His talent is evident here. Any director could have made this movie but he really added those extra touches to make it stand out 8 out of 9 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink Solid thriller with strong acting Warning: Spoilers Glad to be getting away from the Internal Affairs investigation in their department in LA, Will Dormer and his partner Hap Eckhart fly up to assist on a murder case in Alaska. Will quickly makes the progress that his reputation led young officer Ellie Burr to expect. However when a suspect is chased through fog, Will accidentally shoots Hap. He covers it up and blames the suspect, conscious that IAD will assume that he killed Hap to prevent him cutting a deal with them. However later he gets a call from the killer who saw the whole thing and is holding it over Will in return for him framing someone else. With fewer options and Ellie investigating the shooting, Will finds himself unable to sleep in the 24 hour sunshine and getting increasingly strung out. Better known as part 2 of Robin Williams proving he can do more than just sentimental crap, I was looking forward to seeing it. I haven’t seen the original film so I can’t contrast the two and say which is better – I could only judge this on its own merits. I found the film to be a very enjoyable thriller that was very atmospheric. The story itself is quite intriguing and is at its best when Will and Walter are playing cat and mouse games with each other. The main investigation and the investigation into Hap’s shooting all add to the intensity. Although it is quite slow at times it is actually well paced – some fast paced exciting moments but mostly dialogue driven scenes that are just as exciting. The direction is excellent and the whole film has a bright crisp feel to it. The final shot of the film is powerful yet still, with the protagonists frozen against a background of lake and mountains. The film’s main driver is the strength of the performances. Williams is excellent, I was never sure what to make of his character because Williams kept him complex enough to hold the interest. Pacino is also great. He actually looks dog tired progressively through the film. Like Williams, his character has enough meat on it to be of interest and when either of them was on the screen, my interest was guaranteed, Swank had a difficult task to play opposite Pacino in the majority of her scenes but she really holds her own. Donovan is good but brief, but to be honest it is Pacino and Williams’ film the whole way. Overall this is a classy little thriller that has more than enough going on to keep it interesting. The plot is well written so that it avoids a simplistic good/evil approach and the performances bring the well-drawn characters to life.17 out of 26 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink 8 /10 great actors in compelling remake LAPD homicide detectives Will Dormer (Al Pacino) and Hap Eckhart (Martin Donovan) are brought to the small town of Nightmute, Alaska to help with the investigation of the murder of 17 year old Kay Connell. The partners are facing an investigation by IA back home. Local cop Ellie Burr (Hilary Swank) is a big fan of Dormer. The police sets a trap. Dormer accidentally kills Eckhart in the fog and he works to hide his mistake. Dormer has insomnia from the perpetual daylight and his guilt. Kay was a fan of crime writer Walter Finch (Robin Williams). Director Christopher Nolan kept the moodiness of the Norwegian original and added some compelling tension. Al Pacino and Robin Williams are terrific. It holds up to the original without tearing it down.7 out of 9 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink 10 /10 A great psychological thriller, a must-see for Pacino fans Warning: Spoilers Since the release of “Memento” (which I honestly haven’t seen yet) Christopher Nolan has become a rising star in the world of film directing. And he finally shined with both “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” which revitalized the Batman character and established it as the most popular and even putting him above Spider-man. The fact is, Nolan is among the greatest film-makers in the world and he is going to keep making new classics for the years to come, and I’m already looking forward to “Inception” in 2010. In 2002, he directed a remake of the Norweigian film of the same name called “Insomnia”, and I gotta say, it’s the best psychological thriller I’ve ever seen and it even surpasses “The Silence of the Lambs” big time. The premise-A highly known and highly accomplished Los Angeles detective named Will Dormer (Al Pacino) is sent to a town in Alaska to solve a murder case involving a 17 year old girl. But his partner Hap, just revealed to him that he’s planning on testifying against him because he knows about Dormer planting evidence to gain a conviction on a previous case. And all that guilt, fear and the midnight sun that is constantly shining sends Dormer a whole week of no sleep (insomnia). And Dormer starts to lose his concentration and his reasoning. Al Pacino has been known for dominating every movie he’s in and stealing the show from the other actors and he totally does that in here. And it also seems that he was perfectly cast in here because he has the look of a guy who hasn’t slept in days. And that might be due to his facial appearance with the dark circles under his eyes and his wrinkled face and he even looks tired the moment he gets off the plane at the beginning. And the more days that pass, he looks more and more fatigued. And I wonder if Pacino really kept himself awake during filming or if he’s really that good as a method actor. Although fatigue is the main emotion that he demonstrates here, his feeling of guilt is masterfully shown after he accidentally kills his partner in the thick fog while they’re chasing the killer. And we, as the audience wonder if it was really a mistake, or if he shot him on purpose to shut his partner up and prevent his testimony. And Dormer even does some extreme measures to cover up what really happened. At the end, the question is never answered and we’re left wondering about his morality and how ethical of a cop he really is. And also the scene when he confronts the victim’s boyfriend (whose a smart-mouth, always doing his “f**k the world act”) and he really shuts him up. I personally thought that was pretty darn cool and he really fits into the mind of Will Dormer and gives one of his finest performances ever. Robin Williams, who plays as the girl’s killer, is known for doing comedy roles and he should start listening to everyone’s advice and stick to doing dramatic or serious roles, because he is WAY better when he’s doing the kind of acting he does in “Insomnia”. He actually doesn’t start showing his face until about half-way through the movie and spends the first half either hiding his face or giving sinister, yet strangely non-threatening phone calls to Dormer. And it turns out that he saw Dormer shoot his partner and spends the rest of the movie blackmailing him and forces him to pin the murder of the girl on someone else. Hilary Swank gives perhaps the 2nd best acting performance and once again, Nolan casted her perfectly as the detective who idolizes Dormer. I guess it has to do something with the way Swank’s mannerisms are like. And she’s totally believable as the character who looks up to Dormer and she seems like she wants to impress him all the time. And she cuts Dormer some slack even though he gives a vague explanation for an incident involving an officers death. Having a trio of former Oscar winners really helped the film here, and also was the masterful direction of Nolan, he makes the scenery of Alaska somewhat peaceful, yet disturbing. And as all psychological thrillers go.u have to keep the suspense and tension going though the whole move.otherwise, what’s the point? At first, you can feel the tension between Dormer and his partner, and then between Dormer and the killer. This is simply the best psycho-thriller I’ve ever seen, and if you think that “The Silence of the Lambs” was something, wait ’till you see this! 20 out of 25 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink 9 /10 Rage Against the Dying of the Light “Invited to ‘Nightmute’, Alaska, to head a murder case, veteran LAPD detective Will Dormer (Al Pacino) finds his investigation interrupted by an ever-shining midnight sun that wreaks sleep-depriving havoc on him – and by personal guilt over a second crime that may be real… or a figment of his increasingly unstable consciousness,” according to the DVD sleeve description. Director Christopher Nolan does an excellent job crafting a North American version of the original 1997 Norwegian crime drama, helped immensely by Hillary Seitz’ intricate, intelligent adaptation. Also extraordinary are Mr. Pacino, cinematographer Wally Pfister, and editor Dody Dorn. Hilary Swank and Robin Williams effectively tone down their established personas. The smaller roles are beautifully realized – Paul Dooley, Larry Holden, Katharine Isabelle, Jonathan Jackson, Nicky Katt, and Maura Tierney deserve an “ensemble cast” award – and, Martin Donovan’s “Hap” is particularly haunting. This film could have easily been nominated for six “Academy Awards” – but, probably, voters were sleepless in Chicago. Nevertheless, “Insomnia” shows Mr. Nolan, coming off “Memento” (2000), moving into the circle of upper echelon directors. Mr. Pfister knows how to hand-hold cameras, and Ms. Dorn’s editing skills are sharp – hopefully, this team will receive some more film projects. ********* Insomnia (5/3/02) Christopher Nolan ~ Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Martin Donovan 8 out of 12 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink 8 /10 Christopher Nolan does it again! First off, Christopher Nolan is one of my biggest influences when it comes to film and screen writing. With films such as Following and Memento, both of which reached cult following levels, he is well on his way to a successful Hollywood career. Then, today came, his 3rd film was released, Insomnia. Based on a 1997 Norwegian film written by Nikolaj Frobenius and Erik Skjoldbjærg, Insomnia is a true work of art in the world of film. Christopher Nolan takes all that was the 1997 film, and brings it to the next level, using his own style of directing, a musical score with shades of Memento, and an all star cast. Al Pacino and Robin Williams pulls out the greatest performances of their careers in the past decade, if not in their ENTIRE careers in my eyes. Pacino once again excels in the role of master dective, while Williams takes this chance to show his “dark side”, and he does it so well. I can only hope that this is a rebirth of Robin Williams, and as it stands with his upcoming film One Hour Photo (which he once again plays a dark, psychotic role), it seems to be just that! Hilary Swank also pulls out what is the greatest role of her career. Insomnia brings you in as an audience, with it’s perfectly woven plot, with a film noir feel to it, just as Nolan’s first two films. It is a rollercoster ride of drama and suspense as you watch Al Pacino from the very beginning unravel, and the rest of the story and his past catches up with him. I can not say much more about it, as I do not wish to spoil anything about if for you, but I do want to say this.go see it, right now, and enjoy. If you love crime/mystery/drama films with that wonderful Film Noir feel to it, you will love this film. If that isn’t your thing, then the performances of the three main actors are worth the price of a ticket in itself. Finally I just want to say, that Insomnia proves once and for all that Christopher Nolan will indeed be a force to reckoned with in Hollywood. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.Christopher Nolan is well on his way to becoming the Hollywood legend which he proves he is capable of becoming.101 out of 142 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink Waking Life Warning: Spoilers Spoilers herein. The element that makes cinema unique is the ability to fold: to shuffle time and narrative both by the mind and eye. Nolan showed great promise with `The Following,’ built around a very ambitious narrative structure. It moved the notion of narration way in front of the camera and even beyond, in front of a character’s eye but behind his mind. Other experiments have tried this from the failed `Watcher,’ to `Snake Eyes and `Body Double.’ Nolan failed because his story had too many noir complications – plus it is difficult to simultaneously twist both the story and the narration of the story. He solved that in `Memento.’ A very successful project which amazed more with its competent handling of the problem than in the value of the experience of actually watching it. It promised much of a future from someone who understand what film was all about. But as with Soderbergh, that promise is dashed. I am sure that Nolan believes his new sponsor, Soderbergh, that you can alternate commercial projects with the more personal work (like his `Limey’). We’ll have to see in both cases. But as to this project, it fails. The notion of the original was clever: history can be changed by shifting evidence, and that shift can make the merely true truly true. (`Lone Star.’) The backbone is the story of cop who planted evidence to catch the real crooks and is mirrored by a mystery writer who worked the other way. His quest involved making his murder fiction more powerful by inserting a real murder in it, then mirroring the reporting on the page with the reporting to a cop. The idea went further into Nolan/Soderbergh territory by having the `narrator’ experience sleep deprivation which produces hallucinations and memory transformation of the sort that influences perception and especially memory. This is the stuff that involves the viewer in confusion about what is true, or so it was intended. But no one seems to have told Pacino, as if he would have listened anyway. Any opportunity to introduce ambiguity is completely wasted by him. He hallucinates from Robin’s eyes but makes no note of it. He has a recurring Lady Macbeth moment of the indelible blood, but we get no feel for the shifting of memory as a stain. At the end, no one in the theater got the intended ambiguity of whether he knowingly shot his partner or not. The intended point was that he didn’t know now, but my whole audience believe it was settled as a revelation. Swank, who knows something about acting about acting, plays a mere Sandra Bullock role here. What a waste. Robin Williams gives – surprisingly – the best performance of the project, which should be a real warning. Little is made of the fact that he is a writer of detective stories. That the letters (do they exist?) from the murdered girl were good poetry, elicited by him in her mind just as he (in the original film) enters Pacino’s mind. Is Pacino’s character a live worth living? We are supposed to wonder? Will Nolan have a film life worth living? We wonder.14 out of 24 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink 10 /10 A bone-chilling masterpiece Al Pacino is an L.A. cop who’s come to Alaska with his partner to investigate a brutal homicide. Hilary Swank is the Alaskan detective who admires his work and methods. Robin Williams is the killer they’re hunting down. (All three are Oscar winners by the way, and deliver performances that are definitely worthy of an Oscar.) Throughout the film, Pacino’s character’s mind wreaks havoc; the Alaskan town is so far up north, they get “white nights” (I.e. the sun doesn’t set for half the year). As a result, he cannot sleep. With “Insomnia”, Christopher Nolan joins my list of directors I admire. “Insomnia” owes much of its stunning success to the directorial choices Nolan makes. The most difficult task of the movie is this: how exactly can you show the audience Pacino’s increasingly disoriented, sleepless mind-frame, without boring them? I think Nolan handles this expertly. The cast deliver stellar performances, in particular Robin Williams. His character is undoubtedly psychotic. What a temptation for Williams to steal the show with a display of angry shouting, of pure psychopathic hostility, of maniacal laughter! But no. He avoids this and goes for a far different touch. His character talks of extremely disturbing things in a very calm, matter-of-fact way, making his performance far more bone-chilling. As much as I love Williams’ comic roles, I have to admit he’s practically unrivalled in “serious” acting. Another thought: although this is a film I like to consider a thriller, it is very much like a film noir as well. Personally, I love the plots of film noirs, but I can’t stand the relentless usage of shadows and dark lighting. “Insomnia” shatters these guidelines. It is a very dark film with lots and lots of light. The effect is interesting to say the least. This film is a thriller, and consequently, I’m choosing my words carefully in order to spoil as little of the film as possible. I highly recommend seeing this film— I was blown away. “Insomnia” is also very deep, powerfully invoking themes of guilt and restlessness. I do not regret buying this film: I confidently call it a great movie. Note: Apparently, “Insomnia” is a remake of a 1997 Norwegian film starring Stellan Skarsgård. I haven’t seen it, but if it was anything close to as good as this film, whoever does see it is in for a real treat! 15 out of 21 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink 8 /10 One of Pacino’s better films. Warning: Spoilers “Insomnia” is a film directed by Christopher Nolan. It stars Al Pacino and Robin Williams. Both actors (especially Pacino) had a strong tendency to overact and I attribute the more subtle performances to Nolan’s direction. It also was originally a Norwegian film (1997) and unfortunately I have not yet seen this original picture. Detective Will Dormer (Pacino) and his partner are sent from Los Angeles to Alaska to help the locals work on a murder case in a small village. When Will is able to figure out where the killer (Williams) is, the apprehension goes south VERY quickly. When the surround the suspects home, it’s very foggy.and the creep is able to sneak away because of the fog. In the process, there’s a shootout and in the confusion and weather conditions, the creep escapes AND Will accidentally shoots his partner. Instead of letting folks know of the accident, Will stages it so that everyone else will think that the perp killed the detective.and Will plans on just blaming it on him. But unfortunately, Walter DID see what Will did.and soon he begins phoning Will and lets him know what he knows. Soon Walter is blackmailing Will and now solving this murder is VERY complicated and difficult, because if he does bring in this killer, Walter is sure to tell everyone what he knows about Will’s shooting. As I mentioned above, the performances by the two leads are very restrained.and I really appreciated it. Combined with good overall direction and nice location shots (most in British Columbia, not Alaska), I highly recommend the film. And, although it is a remake, I still think it’s a heck of a film.6 out of 9 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink 5 /10 Clear Cut Insomnia is almost a collage of several other mystery films (namely Se7en) tied into one, but not distinctively. Although it wasn’t completely repetitive, it was as cliché as detective work goes, and the movie didn’t stand out one way or another. Whether it’s the elusive murderer on the loose or the mentally plagued cop who’s trying his best, this movie is predictable and lacks ingenuity. Accompanying the lack of creativity, the prime actors and actresses had average performances and the emotional conviction in the roles was often lacking. A straight plot followed by routine dialogue made Insomnia rather mundane and an effort to watch. Although there were particular exciting scenes, they were rather short and sparse. The resources were there, but execution was a miss. Whether it’s L.A. Confidential, The Usual Suspects, Se7en or any other great mystery movie, these all had a strong emotional attachment that hook viewers into truly empathizing with the protagonists and mystery at hand. Unfortunately in Insomnia, it’s almost like you already know the fate of the characters, and still don’t care.24 out of 37 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink Thus conscience does make insomniacs of us all. Warning: Spoilers SPOILERS. You have to hand it to Al Pacino’s detective in this movie. He goes for more than six days and nights without sleeping. (Dormer – what an ironic name for an insomniac.) He even loads up on Alaskan beer and becomes so woozy he can’t find the men’s room and he *still* can’t sleep. He drags himself from room to room. On one occasion when he runs there is no spring left in his step, only heavy weight. There were times I felt, “I AM that man!” Well, he feels pretty crummy because (1) he planted some evidence down in LA to ensure the conviction of some genuinely guilty scumbag, and (2) he accidentally (maybe) shot and killed his partner who was about to turn on him for Internal Affairs. He’s so beat that he simply doesn’t remember whether he did it deliberately or not. This isn’t the tragic, distant young Don of The Godfather. Nor does he rant, flail his arms, and roll his eyes as he did in some later roles. Hillary Swank is in some ways just as interesting and in some ways less so. She doesn’t have as much a part as Pacino. And she sounds lispy, like a model who has taken acting lessons, although this impression is in error because she was pretty good in “Boys Don’t Cry.” The interesting aspect of her presence in this movie is that she looks far, far better as a beautiful young woman than she did as a tender young man. My God, those plump lips, those big incisors, those slightly feline eyes – if she were an animal she’d be a small predator, maybe an ocelot. She can lisp anytime she wants. Robin Williams. A deadly serious role. I never realized before how much he looks in profile like an old crone. He gives a good performance, a perfectly pragmatic novelist who’s only motive, post facto, is seeing that no one suffers because of guilt or conscience. He’s so rational – so REASONABLE – in his arguments with Pacino, telling Pacino how pinning the accidental shooting AND the murder under investigation on an innocent, but not entirely saintly, third party is the right thing to do that, yes, it doesn’t seem like the worst conspiracy in the world. The major flaw as far as Williams’ character is concerned is not the fault of the actor but of the writers, who turn him into a conventionally violent all-guns-blazing maniac at the end. The novelist we’ve come to know and love would just not act like that, anymore than Hannibal Lecter would pick his nose at the dinner table. The story is almost as exhausting to watch as it must have been for Pacino’s detective to experience, yet it’s not at all dull. The location shooting includes British Columbia, familiar ground now, but has some spectacular shots of Alaska’s mountains, rivers, and wet small-town streets. At those latitudes the sun may set but it’s always daylight. This doesn’t bother the natural fauna though. At 2 AM, sunlight or not, the birds are as much asleep as the people and it is as quiet as the dead of night should be. Unsettling territory. The director spices things up with brief inserts reflecting Pacino’s hypnogogic hallucinations. They’re kind of interesting in themselves. Were you ever about to fall asleep and suddenly seemed to see insects or some other repugnant things in front of you? They’re fairly common experiences, yet no one can explain them. All we know is that they don’t seem to come from the same part of the brain that generates dreams. There is no humor in the film, but there is action. Most notably a chase through the town’s streets and alleys and through it’s lumberyard. Nothing spectacular though. No jumping across rooftops or anything. Neither actor is Clint Eastwood. Instead they leap up onto hurricane fences and kind of tumble over on the other side. Pacino loses his footing at a critical moment. It’s genuinely worth watching, although it’s grim. It embodies a kind of philosophy in which good cop/ bad cop = the same cop. And it’s morally stern. Pacino finally gets to sleep.2 out of 2 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink

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What is the 1 4 hour rule for insomnia?

The Quarter-Hour Rule If you are not asleep in about a quarter of an hour then get up, go into a different room and do something quiet until feeling sleepy, then try again. Whatever you do, make sure it isn’t going to wake you up more than you already are.

Do most people recover from insomnia?

Statistics on Insomnia Recovery – Currently, there are few statistics available on insomnia recovery. Many studies are small, which makes it difficult to make any strong conclusions about insomnia recovery. Nevertheless, a newer study conducted in 2018 recruited over 1,400 adults with insomnia and asked about their ability to recover. Statistics from this study include:

75% of individuals with acute insomnia were able to make a full recovery after about 12 months22% of individuals still struggled with acute recurring insomnia3% of individuals went on to develop chronic insomnia

It is common for most individuals to experience insomnia at least once in their lives. Very few will continually struggle with this condition, making insomnia’s prognosis quite positive overall. Have you or a loved one struggled with primary or secondary insomnia and a co-occurring addiction? The Recovery Village can help. Editor – Megan Hull Megan Hull is a content specialist who edits, writes and ideates content to help people find recovery. Read more Medically Reviewed By – Dr. Bonnie Bullock, PHD Bonnie is a medical communications specialist at Boston Strategic Partners, a global health industry consulting firm. Her recent work in mental health includes developing conference materials for clinical studies in mood disorders and copy-editing clinical manuscripts.

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Is there a reverse insomnia?

Hypersomnia : The Opposite of Insomnia.

How popular is insomnia?

How common is insomnia? – Both the acute and chronic forms of insomnia are very common. Roughly, 1 in 3 adults worldwide have insomnia symptoms, and about 10% of adults meet the criteria for insomnia disorder.

Why do I wake up at 3am and can’t go back to sleep?

Factors including stress and health conditions like menopause may cause you to wake up in the middle of the night. Adopting certain habits may help improve your sleep quality, depending on the cause. Waking up in the middle of the night isn’t uncommon.

Most people actually awaken several times at night without even noticing because they fall back asleep quickly. Some of the awakenings are only seconds long. If you wake up at 3 a.m. or another time and can’t fall right back asleep, it may be for several reasons. These include lighter sleep cycles, stress, or underlying health conditions.

Your 3 a.m. awakenings may occur infrequently and be nothing serious, but regular nights like this could be a sign of insomnia. Altering your sleep habits, reducing stress, and seeing your doctor about factors that may cause disrupted sleep can help you avoid these unwanted awakenings.

Is it bad to fall asleep to Netflix?

Pre-sleep arousal – It’s very tempting to get cosy in bed and then watch your favourite series before you fall asleep but this doesn’t encourage good quality sleep. When you go to bed, you should be preparing your body and mind to relax and fall asleep.

  • Watching Netflix in bed is actually doing the opposite.
  • It’s keeping your brain engaged and keeping you awake.
  • This is called pre-sleep arousal.
  • After you’ve finished watching your chosen show, your brain remains in a state of arousal for some time.
  • You’re processing what you’ve seen and going over all of the twists and turns of the show you just watched.

As a result, falling asleep becomes more difficult. Studies have shown that people who stream content at bedtime take longer to fall asleep and the quality of their sleep is reduced. The result of this is that you have an unsatisfying night’s sleep. If you’re determined to watch Netflix in bed, the best approach would be to find something quite calm to watch.

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Should I watch Netflix if I can’t sleep?

Watch These Netflix Shows When You Can’t Get to Sleep If you’ve had a long, stressful or hectic day, chances are your adrenalin is pumping and you’ll be wide awake when you’re ready for bed. You’ll probably decide that you need a distraction to help you sleep — and watching something on Netflix is the ideal way to do that.

But don’t go for those fast-paced, noisy, and true crime shows — you’ll want something to chill out to. We hear what you’re thinking, but relaxing shows are anything but dull. Viewing them in the daytime, you can become entirely absorbed in these shows due to their content, images, and music, yet these things are also what might be excellent for a calming nighttime viewing.

Naturally, it all depends on how you feel and what you find most soothing at the time. You just need to watch something with a superb blend of relaxing images, background noise, and calm content. So we gathered together some of the most calming Netflix shows to help you drift off to dreamland.

Should I watch TV if I can’t sleep?

Sleepio Whilst some lucky people are struck by inspiration during the night, you may well find yourself at a loss for things to do when you can’t sleep. With frustration setting in very quickly at these times it is a good idea to have a plan in place if you do wake during the night. This way you know where to go and what to do if you can’t sleep – with minimum fuss.

Take up a relaxing activity Listen to music Avoid the television Try relaxation techniques Ultimately though, relaxing activities are a matter of personal preference so why not experiment and find out which works best for you?

Occupying yourself with a relaxing activity at these times may encourage sleepiness to set in again. These activities should put your mind at ease without requiring a great deal of attention or energy. You could try: • Reading a book • Knitting • A jigsaw puzzle • Sketching Any activity that has the potential to make you more alert is best avoided both late in the day and during the night.

  1. Using computers or other gadgets isn’t recommended either, as the light they emit may make you more alert.
  2. Certain genres of music may be more suitable ahead of bedtime, or whilst in bed.
  3. This includes undemanding music, which blends into the background and does not increase your heartbeat.
  4. You may be tempted to retreat to the sofa to watch television when you can’t sleep and don’t know what to do with yourself; it is important however to find a place and an activity which won’t leave you dozing off before you return to bed.

The light and sound emitted by televisions may also cause you to wake during the night, which is not conducive to getting a good night’s sleep. Relaxation techniques can help loosen up your muscles and prepare your body for rest. A well-practiced relaxation routine may help you fall asleep more easily at the beginning of the night but may also help you get back to sleep if you wake during the night.

Do insomniacs sleep during the day?

Many sleep disorders manifest with insomnia and usually excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS).

Insomnia is difficulty falling or staying asleep, early awakening, or a sensation of unrefreshing sleep. EDS is the tendency to fall asleep during normal waking hours.

Insomnia can be a disorder, even if it exists in the context of other disorders, or can be a symptom of other disorders. EDS is not a disorder but a symptom of various sleep-related disorders. Difficulty falling asleep (sleep-onset insomnia) should be distinguished from difficulty maintaining sleep and early awakening (sleep maintenance insomnia) because the causes differ.

  1. Sleep-onset insomnia suggests delayed sleep phase syndrome Circadian rhythm sleep disorder, altered sleep phase types Circadian rhythm sleep disorders are caused by desynchronization between internal sleep-wake rhythms and the light-darkness cycle.
  2. Patients typically have insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness.

read more, chronic psychophysiologic insomnia, restless legs syndrome Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) and Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) and restless legs syndrome (RLS) are characterized by abnormal motions of and, for RLS, usually sensations in the lower or upper extremities, which may.

  1. Read more, or childhood phobias.
  2. Sleep maintenance insomnia suggests major depression Major depression (unipolar disorder) Depressive disorders are characterized by sadness severe enough or persistent enough to interfere with function and often by decreased interest or pleasure in activities.
  3. Exact cause is unknown.

read more, central sleep apnea Central Sleep Apnea Central sleep apnea (CSA) is a heterogeneous group of conditions characterized by changes in ventilatory drive without airway obstruction. Most of these conditions cause asymptomatic changes. read more, obstructive sleep apnea Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) consists of multiple episodes of partial or complete closure of the upper airway that occur during sleep and lead to breathing cessation (defined as a period of.

read more, periodic limb movement disorder Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) and Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) and restless legs syndrome (RLS) are characterized by abnormal motions of and, for RLS, usually sensations in the lower or upper extremities, which may.

read more, or aging. Falling asleep early and awakening early suggest advanced sleep phase syndrome Circadian rhythm sleep disorder, altered sleep phase types Circadian rhythm sleep disorders are caused by desynchronization between internal sleep-wake rhythms and the light-darkness cycle.

Consumption of caffeine or sympathomimetic or other stimulant drugs (typically near bedtime, but even in the afternoon for people who are particularly sensitive) Exercise or excitement (eg, a thrilling television show) late in the evening An irregular sleep-wake schedule

Patients who compensate for lost sleep by sleeping late or by napping may further fragment nocturnal sleep. Insomniacs should adhere to a regular awakening time and avoid naps regardless of the amount of nocturnal sleep. Acute emotional stressors (eg, job loss, hospitalization, a death in the family) can cause insomnia.

Symptoms typically remit shortly after the stressors abate; insomnia is usually transient and brief. Nevertheless, if daytime sleepiness and fatigue develop, especially if they interfere with daytime functioning, short-term treatment with hypnotics at bedtime is warranted. Persistent anxiety may require specific treatment.

Insomnia, regardless of cause, may persist well beyond resolution of precipitating factors, usually because patients feel anticipatory anxiety about the prospect of another sleepless night followed by another day of fatigue. Typically, patients spend hours in bed focusing on and brooding about their sleeplessness, and they have greater difficulty falling asleep in their own bedroom than falling asleep away from home.

Cognitive-behavioral strategies Hypnotics

Although cognitive-behavioral strategies are more difficult to implement and take longer, effects last a long time after treatment is ended. These strategies include

Education Relaxation training Stimulus control Cognitive therapy

Treatment is directed at the underlying disorder and symptom relief (eg, with bedtime analgesics). Patients with depression may have initial sleeplessness or sleep maintenance insomnia. Sometimes in the depressed phase of bipolar disorder and in seasonal affective disorder, sleep is uninterrupted, but patients complain of unrelenting daytime fatigue.

If depression is accompanied by sleeplessness, antidepressants that provide more sedation (eg, citalopram, paroxetine, mirtazapine ) may help patients sleep. These drugs are used at regular, not low, doses to ensure correction of the depression. However, clinicians should note that these drugs are not predictably sedating and may have activating properties.

In addition, the sedation provided may outlast its usefulness, causing EDS, and these drugs may have other adverse effects, such as weight gain. Alternatively, any antidepressant may be used with a hypnotic. If depression is accompanied by EDS, antidepressants with activating qualities (eg, bupropion, venlafaxine, certain selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as fluoxetine and sertraline ) may be chosen.

  • Patients with insufficient sleep syndrome do not sleep enough at night to stay alert when awake.
  • The cause is usually various social or employment commitments.
  • Insufficient sleep syndrome is probably the most common cause of EDS, which disappears when sleep time is increased (eg, on weekends or vacations).

After long periods of sleep deprivation, weeks or months of extended sleep are needed to restore daytime alertness. Insomnia and EDS can result from chronic use of central nervous system (CNS) stimulants (eg, amphetamines, caffeine ), hypnotics (eg, benzodiazepines), other sedatives, antimetabolite chemotherapy, antiseizure drugs (eg, phenytoin ), methyldopa, propranolol, alcohol, and thyroid hormone preparations (see table Some Drugs That Interfere With Sleep Some Drugs That Interfere With Sleep ). Commonly prescribed hypnotics can cause irritability and apathy and reduce mental alertness. Many psychoactive drugs can induce abnormal movements during sleep. Insomnia can develop during withdrawal of CNS depressants (eg, barbiturates, opioids, sedatives), tricyclic antidepressants, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, or illicit drugs (eg, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, phencyclidine).

Drug Name Select Trade
caffeine Cafcit, NoDoz, Stay Awake, Vivarin
citalopram Celexa
paroxetine Brisdelle, Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva
mirtazapine Remeron, Remeron SolTab
bupropion Aplenzin, Budeprion SR, Budeprion XL, Buproban, Forfivo XL, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL, Zyban
venlafaxine Effexor, Effexor XR, Venlafaxine
fluoxetine Prozac, Prozac Weekly, Sarafem, Selfemra
sertraline Zoloft, Zoloft Concentrate, Zoloft Solution
phenytoin Dilantin, Dilantin Infatabs, Dilantin-125, Phenytek
methyldopa Aldomet
propranolol HEMANGEOL, Inderal, Inderal LA, Inderal XL, InnoPran XL
cocaine GOPRELTO, NUMBRINO

What is the 15 minute rule sleep?

The 15 minute rule – This helps with associating your bed with sleep and has been found to be one of the most effective strategies to address long-term sleep difficulties. If, after 15 minutes, you find that you are not asleep, don’t stay in bed.

get up and go into another room, keep the lights low and keep warm do something a bit boring, perhaps reading a magazine. It can help to have a warm drink (not caffeinated) to help you relax once you feel sleepy, go to bed if you’re still awake after another 15 minutes, get up again and repeat. This helps with associating your bed with sleep and has been found to be one of the nost effective strategies to address long-term sleep difficulties.

This article was published on 19 Oct, 2021 : Addressing difficulties with sleep

What happens if you are only sleeping 3 4 or 5 hours a night?

If you only sleep for 4-5 hours a night, you may have a sleep disorder like insomnia or sleep apnea. Poor sleep hygiene — like getting late-night bright light, eating large meals before bed, or drinking coffee too late in the day — may also keep you up past bedtime.

Who suffers from insomnia the most?

Key points – Insomnia, the term for having trouble sleeping at night, is one of the most common sleep complaints. About 1 in 3 adults has bouts of insomnia that last a few days at a time. Women are more likely to have insomnia than men.

Insomnia has many possible causes. You may need to see a sleep medicine specialist to find out what’s causing your insomnia. Common symptoms of insomnia include impaired work performance, daytime drowsiness or low energy, difficulty: paying attention and others. Diagnosis may involve a sleep study in which a sleep specialist monitors your sleep.

How many years can insomnia last?

Causes – Insomnia may be the primary problem, or it may be associated with other conditions. Chronic insomnia is usually a result of stress, life events or habits that disrupt sleep. Treating the underlying cause can resolve the insomnia, but sometimes it can last for years. Common causes of chronic insomnia include:

Stress. Concerns about work, school, health, finances or family can keep your mind active at night, making it difficult to sleep. Stressful life events or trauma — such as the death or illness of a loved one, divorce, or a job loss — also may lead to insomnia. Travel or work schedule. Your circadian rhythms act as an internal clock, guiding such things as your sleep-wake cycle, metabolism and body temperature. Disrupting your body’s circadian rhythms can lead to insomnia. Causes include jet lag from traveling across multiple time zones, working a late or early shift, or frequently changing shifts. Poor sleep habits. Poor sleep habits include an irregular bedtime schedule, naps, stimulating activities before bed, an uncomfortable sleep environment, and using your bed for work, eating or watching TV. Computers, TVs, video games, smartphones or other screens just before bed can interfere with your sleep cycle. Eating too much late in the evening. Having a light snack before bedtime is OK, but eating too much may cause you to feel physically uncomfortable while lying down. Many people also experience heartburn, a backflow of acid and food from the stomach into the esophagus after eating, which may keep you awake.

Chronic insomnia may also be associated with medical conditions or the use of certain drugs. Treating the medical condition may help improve sleep, but the insomnia may persist after the medical condition improves. Additional common causes of insomnia include:

Mental health disorders. Anxiety disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, may disrupt your sleep. Awakening too early can be a sign of depression. Insomnia often occurs with other mental health disorders as well. Medications. Many prescription drugs can interfere with sleep, such as certain antidepressants and medications for asthma or blood pressure. Many over-the-counter medications — such as some pain medications, allergy and cold medications, and weight-loss products — contain caffeine and other stimulants that can disrupt sleep. Medical conditions. Examples of conditions linked with insomnia include chronic pain, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), overactive thyroid, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Sleep-related disorders. Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing periodically throughout the night, interrupting your sleep. Restless legs syndrome causes unpleasant sensations in your legs and an almost irresistible desire to move them, which may prevent you from falling asleep. Caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. Coffee, tea, cola and other caffeinated drinks are stimulants. Drinking them in the late afternoon or evening can keep you from falling asleep at night. Nicotine in tobacco products is another stimulant that can interfere with sleep. Alcohol may help you fall asleep, but it prevents deeper stages of sleep and often causes awakening in the middle of the night.

How damaging is insomnia?

5 stages of sleep – During the course of a night, we usually experience five stages of sleep, often multiple times. If we are constantly waking up or failing to sleep long enough, we won’t reach every stage. This causes us to miss out on crucial times for restoring brain energy and other things our bodies need to fight off stress throughout the day.

You’re drifting in and out of sleep and can be easily awoken. Your eyes start to move slowly behind your eyelids and your muscle activity drops. Your eye movements come to a halt. Brain waves begin to slow down, your heart rate drops and your body temperature falls as your body begins to restore energy. Your brain starts producing even slower waves at this stage. You are much less likely to wake up or be disturbed at this point, and if you do wake up it may take a few minutes for your brain to get back to normal. This is the deepest stage of the cycle. There is no eye movement or muscle activity as your brain and body restore energy. In this stage your heart rate increases, your eyes jerk rapidly behind your eyelids and brain waves speed up to similar speeds you experience during the day. You dream during this state, helping your brain exercise and use connections it doesn’t use throughout the day.

Sleep isn’t just a time to rest our minds – our bodies need it, too. A stressful, restless sleep can also bring about problems like teeth grinding and sleepwalking. A lack of sleep can cause a bunch of health issues, such as higher blood sugar levels, liver problems, weight gain and severe depression. Chronic insomnia can increase the likelihood of some serious diseases and illnesses, including:

Heart attack Stroke Diabetes Exaggerated pain perception Shortened lifespan

Is insomnia a 24 hour problem?

What is insomnia? It is the inability to fall asleep, stay asleep or waking up too early. It is a common condition that affects more than a third of adults and it’s closely linked to a decrease in a quality of life.1,2 The 24-hour problem Insomnia doesn’t just affect your sleep experience, it also has a negative impact on your daytime functioning and activities, so it’s considered a 24-hour problem.1 Lack of good quality sleep can lead to many short- and long-term complications like daytime fatigue, poor concentration, poor mood, decreased driving ability, decreased work performance, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, anxiety and depression.1-6 * Increased risk of anxiety and depression ** Increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases Insomnia and ageing 7,8,9 As you age, especially once you’re over 50, the risk of insomnia increases. This increase is thought to be due to an age-related decrease in melatonin secretion.

Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the brain during the night that helps regulate your daily sleep wake cycle. Not only does ageing, increase your risk for developing insomnia, but chronic poor quality sleep actually increases signs of intrinsic ageing i.e. your skin’s appearance and its barrier function.

Insomnia and your weight 10,11,12 Did you know that people who sleep less are on average heavier? Studies have shown that decreased sleep duration and quality is associated with increased body weight and obesity. This is thought to occur through the impact of sleep on specific hormones in the body.

  • A chronic lack of sleep leads to an increased level of the stress hormone, cortisol, which increases cravings for high fat and high sugar foods as well as increasing the storage of fat in the tummy area.
  • Habitual poor sleep also results in decreased leptin levels and increased ghrelin levels, which causes an increased appetite and overeating.

Shortened sleep time may also simply mean an increased opportunity to eat, especially if this wake-time is spent snacking in front of the TV. Poor sleep also results in daytime fatigue, which negatively impacts your desire or ability to exercise and hence decreases your energy output – it’s a vicious circle. Insomnia and your immune system 13,14,15 Since ancient times, people have believed that sleep loss can lead to illness, and research over the past 20 years has provided strong evidence in support of the popular wisdom that ‘sleep helps healing’. Animal and human studies have shown that prolonged periods of sleep loss and even modest disturbances of sleep can lead to increased stress and inflammation in the body and a suppressed immune system.

This in turn can make you more susceptible to infections like colds and flu. Insomnia and your heart 16,17,18 It’s hard to believe that sleeping 6 or less hours per night, especially if the sleep you are getting is of poor quality, could increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. But that is exactly the case.

Short sleep duration has a negative impact on your body weight, blood pressure, blood lipids and diabetes risk, all of which increase your risk for cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes. Not only that but you also have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure and heart failure if you are an insomnia sufferer.

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How long is considered insomnia?

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder. With insomnia, you may have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting good quality sleep. This happens even if you have the time and the right environment to sleep well. Insomnia can get in the way of your daily activities and may make you feel sleepy during the day.

Short-term insomnia may be caused by stress or changes in your schedule or environment. It can last for a few days or weeks. Chronic (long-term) insomnia occurs 3 or more nights a week, lasts more than 3 months, and cannot be fully explained by another health problem. To diagnose insomnia, your healthcare provider may ask about your sleep habits and ask you to keep a sleep diary.

Your provider may also recommend healthy lifestyle habits such as a regular sleep schedule, cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, and medicines to help you manage your insomnia, Insomnia can affect your memory and concentration. Chronic insomnia raises your risk of high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. BOOKLET

What is the 85 hour movie?

The longest film ever made was the 85 hour The Cure for Insomnia (USA 1987), directed by John Henry Timmis IV and premiered in its entirety at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA from 31 January to 3 February 1987.