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Norwegian filmmaker Erik Skjoldbjaerg makes his directorial debut with the psychological police drama Insomnia. Swedish homicide detective Jonas Engström (Stellan Skarsgård) and his partner, Erik Vik (Sverre Anker Ousdal), arrive in a small Northern Norwegian town to help the local police investigate the murder of a teenage girl. When Jonas finds the girl's backpack, he sets a trap for the killer near a remote shed. While waiting to make an ambush in the morning fog, Jonas accidentally shoots Erik. He knows it was only an accident, but he decides to keep it a secret because he could lose… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It becomes clear the title of the film could just as well be 'The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - Tromsø.'"
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"A cold and stark amoral thriller."
‑ Spence D., IGN Movies
"Haunting rather than jolting; an ice pick to the heart rather than a pump-you-up roller-coaster ride."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"It may have an unlikable hero and a cryptic plot, but the Norwegian film Insomnia works - if for no other reason than the fact that it gets the atmosphere right."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"fascinated by the conundrums of human psychology and moral frailty, which is why the film is centered on a protagonist who is generally dislikable as a person, yet is inherently compelling as a human subject."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Superior thriller that was improved upon when remade in English."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It's centered by an accomplished performance by Stellan Skarsgård."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"Skarsgard's chilling performance exploits his character's flaws and the mysterious Norwegian atmosphere gives this film an appealing film noir flavor."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Mais cínico que sua refilmagem, o filme cria menos tensão por não levar o espectador a simpatizar com seu protagonista. Em contrapartida, é mais enxuto, disciplinado e conduz sua trama com mais segurança."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"In Insomnia the murderer and his investigator possess a human capacity for mischaracterizing traits; this is a realistic scenario in which temptation houses a narrow threshold."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Stellan Skarsgard delivers a masterful performance."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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