Original: Insomnia (1997)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Maura Tierney, Martin Donovan, Nicky Katt
Nowadays, of course, Christopher Nolan is worshipped by comic book die-hards as the filmmaker responsible for the Dark Knight trilogy of modern-day Batman movies, and it's a distinction the British writer-director has more than earned. Nolan hasn't strictly made summer blockbusters, though; there once was a time when he brought the same kind of twisty storytelling and dark drama seen in his Batman flicks to smaller, quieter thrillers.
One such effort was Insomnia, a slick, captivating game of cat-and-mouse starring Al Pacino as a worn-down detective and Robin Williams as the strategic murderer constantly toying with Pacino's nerves. Both acting veterans give top-shelf performances in an underrated film that finds just the right alterations (including a different setting and fresh peripheral characters) to justify remaking an already must-see Norwegian picture, the Stellan Skarsgård-starring, 1997 original.