Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Running Time:  118 min.
Release Date: May 24, 2002
DVD: October 15, 2002

Current rating: Rating: 3.95
based on 966 votes and 47 reviews
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Cast: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Maura Tierney, Martin Donovan, Paul Dooley, Nicky Katt, Jonathan Jackson, Larry Holden, Katharine Isabelle


Will Dormer (Pacino), a veteran LAPD detective, travels to a small Alaskan town with his partner Hap (Donovan) to investigate the disturbing murder of a seventeen year-old girl.

Under the glare of the region's perpetual daylight, Dormer and Hap close in on the primary suspect, reclusive novelist Walter Finch (Williams). During a tense stakeout on a rocky, fog-shrouded beach, Finch slips into the mist and out of Dormer's grasp. As he makes his escape, shots ring out...and Hap is killed.

As he struggles to cope with his sense of responsibility and remorse over his partner's death, Dormer is forced into a psychological game of cat-and-mouse by the brilliantly malevolent Finch. The stakes escalate as Dormer contends with an unproven but perceptive local cop (Swank) and becomes increasingly entangled in Finch's web of manipulation.

Unable to find respite from the relentless Midnight Sun or his own distorted judgment, the dangerously sleep-deprived detective finds his stability gravely threatened.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Producer(s): Paul Junger Witt, Edward L. McDonnell, Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove
Screenplay: Hilary Seitz
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  • 5 stars "Tense, taut thriller from Stephen King and the director of BATMAN BEGINS."
  • 1 star "This is not insomnia by Stephen King people.I have read insomnia this is not the same plot. He is making insomnia into a movie but this isn't the movie."
  • 4 stars "Great performances and taut direction makes this one of the better King adaptations."