THE INSOMNIAC is an interesting film. It is a tale of obsession, paranoia, mistrust and of course insomnia. As the film opens John Figg’s life (Eddy Salazar), despite having just lost his father, seems to be on rise. After being recently promoted, John goes out on a night on the town with his buddies to celebrate and seems to be on top of the world. However a few days later one of his prize possessions, his father’s car, is stolen out his driveway and this is the beginning of the end of sleep for John.
The film is intriguing as John falls more and more into his obsession. Things are made even worse when a few nights after his car was stolen he comes home to discover that his house has been broken into and his father’s ashes have been maliciously scattered on the floor. The police seem to be both unable and unwilling to help him so he goes on a quest to discover who committed these acts. He understandably buys a gun for protection and goes many days without sleeping while he is formulating who could have done this to him.
The film is really good at making it pace slow so the audience is able to see John’s slow decent into his obsession. However the films fatal flaw is that Salazar, who also co-wrote the screenplay, is not compelling enough to make John’s decent into believable. A stronger lead would have made this film much better as the script and direction are both very good. I enjoyed the story but I was just unable to connect with John. We know John is going mad because the script tells us so but I never got the sense that he actual was, make up effects aside. The film has some fun with the fact that John suspects EVERYONE he comes into contact with and begins to take notes trying to connect any points to determine who the culprit is. It affects every aspect of his life and he pushes those closest to him away and by the climax he is virtually alone.
Overall I enjoyed the majority of the film and its good directing effort by Monty Miranda and would like to see what he does next. Kudos to him as well for being able to land some familiar faces such as John Heard, Alimi Ballard and Danny Trejo which is quite an accomplishment. As a writer Salazar does a good job and does have talent in that regard and to I would also be interested to see him write another screenplay as it is a solid effort as well. While not a must see I liked enough about it to recommend it to others to see. So who robbed John? The film seems to answer that question, or does it?? Hmmmm….
THE INSOMNIAC Review
After someone breaks into John Figg's home and takes all of his material and sentimental possessions, he develops a severe case of insomnia and learns that the people around him are not as trustworthy as they appear to be.