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9. Insomnia (2002)

Right before he was launched to mainstream stardom with Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan made a quiet little thriller about a detective who can’t get any sleep. A remake of a 1997 Norwegian film of the same name, Insomnia follows Al Pacino as an LAPD homicide detective out of his element in an Alaska where the sun refuses to set. Increasing disorientation causes Pacino to make a fatal mistake that’s witnessed by a sadistic sociopath played to perfection by Robin Williams. The ensuing game of cat and mouse is incredibly engaging from beginning to end.




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