May 24, 2002

Insomnia

Al Pacino, a wasted shell of a policeman, under investigation by Internal Affairs, heads north to hunt a killer (Robin Williams). Pacino's insomnia in the land of the midnight sun is a metaphor for his crumbling psyche as he accidentally shoots and kills his partner (Martin Donovan). The problem is, he has a motive for wanting his partner dead, so he must cover up the shooting because no one will believe it was an accident. When the killer learns about Pacino's past, suddenly the balance of power between then shifts.
One gaping plot hole- Pacino's character visits an Alaskan town so far north, the sun never sets in the summertime. So why don't the hotel rooms come with "blackout" curtains, like, for example, Las Vegas hotels? (Showcase Cinemas Randolph)