Why is Insomnia considered Nolan's weakest film when...

This 2002 remake of a Norwegian film follows a Los Angeles homicide detective dispatched to Alaska to investigate the murder of a local teen.
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Some people wish this film never was made or that Nolan never directed it. I disagree. If all Nolan made was his own films, I'd have a harder time judging him as a director. Sure, all his films are good, cause he wrote them all. But because of this film, he proved to all that he can take a script already written and still make a bloody good movie as well as a movie that doesn't deviate THAT much from his other films. I seem to be the only one who thinks this feels like a Nolan film, but I don't care. I love this film.

I don't know if I explained that good enough, but I hope I got my point across.

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I think it's Nolan's most assured work as a director

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Well, without Insomnia Nolan would probably not have been offered the opportunity to direct BB.

A very intriguing film with really remarkable acting and interacting between Pacino and Williams.

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I think most people only see it as a remake of a movie that was already there. I havent seen the original from 1997, but I think Nolans version was pretty good. Not his best, but also not the weakest.

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I enjoyed Insomnia... a LOT.

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I think weak it's not the word. It's his least coiled film. I mean, it doesn't have great turns at the end that make us realize what we are actually seeing. Everything we saw is what was actually happening. It's a more plain work than his usual but I agree that it's because the script was already written.
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I just rewatched it and liked it a lot more the second time. Having watched a lot of detective-solving-a-murder films, this is one of the better stories I've seen. Pacino was phenomenal as well. The only thing that bothers me is that it's not a visually appealing film, like most of Nolan's others. I mean, it did take place in Alaska so there wasn't much that could be done on that front really. It sounds kinda shallow, but I do wish it was 'prettier' to look at.

I prefer the story in Following a bit better, it's more unique, but in terms of how the film was put together and delivered, Insomnia wouldn't be Nolan's weakest.

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I've puzzled over this too...Nolan and three academy award winners who all give great performances, in a great thriller. Christopher Nolan is a great Actors director, one of the few out there. Even from a movie like Batman Begins flawless perfomances . a movie like the Prestige, magic, high concept cloning transporting machines still the characters are whats most interesting. I Love That. Back on topic yes Insomnia is far underrated if I were to rank his movies he is batting 1.000 8 for 8. I would rank his movies:
1. Batman Begins 4/4 stars
2. Memento 4/4 stars
3. The Prestige 4/4 stars
4. The Dark Knight 3.5/4 stars
5. Insomnia 3.5/4 stars
6. The Dark Knight Rises 3/4 stars
7. Inception 3/4 stars
8. Following 3/4 stars
All brilliant, hands down the filmmaker of the decade, one of the best of all time

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Nolan's writting style is a big part of his filmmaking. Someone elses writting does not come close to his own.
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The best filmmakers always have exceptional literary comprehension

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