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The 2002 remake of a 1997 Norwegian film about a Los Angeles homicide detective dispatched to a northern town to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.

Original vs. Remake

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By your explanation, I'm 100% sure that the original has been weak story-wise. Dormer is such bad guy in what you explained. I'm not interested in watching the original unless its other elements are attractive. When I first watched Nolan's Insomnia I considered it my least favorite of Nolan movies, but last night re-watched it and paid better attention. Now I consider it among other Nolan's masterpieces and I'm glad that by this Nolan established himself as a powerful guy in cinema by remaking a movie which some directors don't dare to touch. :goNF:
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Location: Insomnia, Norway
Remakes usually suck but Insomnia is one of the few that stands out. But I still enjoy the original more. It is more gritty and has not a "happy" ending compared to its counterpart remake. It was shot in my town, was cool to watch Stellan in action. I am not much for Norwegian movies overall but whenever Stellan starrs in one it is worth checking out. You guys should check out Zero Kelvin some time.
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tykjen wrote:Remakes usually suck but Insomnia is one of the few that stands out. But I still enjoy the original more. It is more gritty and has not a "happy" ending compared to its counterpart remake. It was shot in my town, was cool to watch Stellan in action. I am not much for Norwegian movies overall but whenever Stellan starrs in one it is worth checking out. You guys should check out Zero Kelvin some time.

Was the remade Insomnia a happy ending movie? :problem:
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nolanmania wrote:
tykjen wrote:Remakes usually suck but Insomnia is one of the few that stands out. But I still enjoy the original more. It is more gritty and has not a "happy" ending compared to its counterpart remake. It was shot in my town, was cool to watch Stellan in action. I am not much for Norwegian movies overall but whenever Stellan starrs in one it is worth checking out. You guys should check out Zero Kelvin some time.

Was the remade Insomnia a happy ending movie? :problem:


No
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Location: Insomnia, Norway
Compared to the original, the remake had a "happy" ending. I am not saying the remake has a Shawshank Redemption ending or anything.
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tykjen wrote:Compared to the original, the remake had a "happy" ending. I am not saying the remake has a Shawshank Redemption ending or anything.

Usually when someone dies or the movie's good guy doesn't succeed we call that movie having not happy ending. By judging from what I've read here, It's in the remake that Dormer dies while in the original he lives. I should probably see the original to decide.
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Location: Insomnia, Norway
nolanmania wrote:
tykjen wrote:Compared to the original, the remake had a "happy" ending. I am not saying the remake has a Shawshank Redemption ending or anything.

Usually when someone dies or the movie's good guy doesn't succeed we call that movie having not happy ending. By judging from what I've read here, It's in the remake that Dormer dies while in the original he lives. I should probably see the original to decide.


In the remake he dies with the guilt. In the original he lives on with it, knowing someone else knows. And in the original, the protagonist is not very likeable. And in the remake I felt nothing but sorry for the protagonist.


Which then makes up for [very] different endings between the two. "Live as a monster or die as a good man" comes to mind.
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tykjen wrote:
nolanmania wrote:
Usually when someone dies or the movie's good guy doesn't succeed we call that movie having not happy ending. By judging from what I've read here, It's in the remake that Dormer dies while in the original he lives. I should probably see the original to decide.


In the remake he dies with the guilt. In the original he lives on with it, knowing someone else knows. And in the original, the protagonist is not very likeable. And in the remake I felt nothing but sorry for the protagonist.


Which then makes up for [very] different endings between the two. "Live as a monster or die as a good man" comes to mind.

I see what your point is.
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Location: Insomnia, Norway
nolanmania wrote:
tykjen wrote:
In the remake he dies with the guilt. In the original he lives on with it, knowing someone else knows. And in the original, the protagonist is not very likeable. And in the remake I felt nothing but sorry for the protagonist.


Which then makes up for [very] different endings between the two. "Live as a monster or die as a good man" comes to mind.

I see what your point is.


Then we are cool 8-) Seen the original yet?
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Completely forgot that Insomnia is actually a remake. :shifty:
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