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drama, thrillers

Crime never sleeps. Neither does Will Dormer, a veteran LAPD homicide detective sent north to Alaska to head a murder case.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Well-made but grisly thriller is not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has brief but grisly violence, a nude corpse, some creepy sound effects, and some very strong language. There are tense scenes and characters are shot and killed. Characters drink and smoke.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the moral compromises Dormer makes and the ways in which people have to balance the ends and the means. What will Ellie do next? Why? Why is the town named "Nightmute?" What do you think about the girl who was killed?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 20
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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Here's proof that it's still possible to make pop-oriented yet personal movies with an A-list cast and a zillion bucks.

- Andrew O'Hehir,, Friday, May 24, 2002

Fresh: A dark and fidgety picture from Christopher Nolan, who made such a splash with Memento.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Monday, August 5, 2013

Fresh: Scene by scene, screenwriter Hillary Seitz follows director Erik Skjoldbjaerg's original closely, but this remake deepens and improves upon the Norwegian film by giving Dormer a more complex relationship with Eckhart.

- David Ansen, Newsweek, Monday, August 5, 2013

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Not Nolan's best, but still a really good crime thriller. Really good cast and great locations.

- jamers2011, Wednesday, November 30, 2011