Day Watch

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Day Watch

If you didn’t see Timur Bekmambetov’s previous fantasy movie, ‘Night Watch’ (‘Nochnoy Dozor’), the dense mythology of this diurnal sequel may defeat you. Madly over-plotted, with overlapping time frames and puzzling sub-plots, it makes no concessions to neophytes. The opening scenes whisk us back to fourteenth-century Samarkand, where Mongol warlord Tamerlane acquires the ‘Chalk of Destiny’. With this magical writing instrument, one can alter the course of history: presumably, by writing on the Blackboard of Fate.

Back in the present day, Svetlana (Maria Poroshina), a new recruit to the order-keeping Night Watch, investigates a random vampiric attack on an old lady – by her mentor Anton’s estranged 12-year-old son, Yegor (Dima Martinov). Anton arranges a cover-up to protect the boy, who has fallen under the spell of Zavulon (Viktor Verzhbitsky) and, you guessed it, gone over to the Dark Side. Meanwhile, a futuristic femme fatale drives her red sports cars up the side of a building, black vortexes of crows swarm in the skies, and every now and then the Dark Ones and the Light Ones have a paranormal punch-up in the mosquito-infested parallel world of The Gloom.

‘Night Watch’ suffered from a surfeit of fizzing images and a lack of coherent plotting. ‘Day Watch’, while still guilty of retina-punishing visual excess and heavy metal aural assault, ties itself in narrative knots. Bekmambetov heeded his own mentor, Roger Corman’s advice, that a director should ‘imitate a bigger budget than he has’. What he missed was that, if tied to a silly ‘B’ movie plot, the impact of these spectacular, aspirational images would be totally vitiated.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday October 5 2007
Duration: 131 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Screenwriter: Timur Bekmambetov
Cast: Konstantin Khabensky
Mariya Poroshina
Dima Martynov
Vladimir Menshov
Galina Tyunina
Victor Verzhbitskiy
Zhanna Friske
Valery Zolotukhin
Alexei Chadov
Sergei Lukyanenko

Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

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Anna

mindlbowing special effects considering the budget, not that of a complicated storyline (if you could decipher POTC3 then this one is a piece of cake), Habenski is an amazing actor and Bekhambetov is a visionary director and unique in Russia so hats off to him

Anna

mindlbowing special effects considering the budget, not that of a complicated storyline (if you could decipher POTC3 then this one is a piece of cake), Habenski is an amazing actor and Bekhambetov is a visionary director and unique in Russia so hats off to him

Kimbo

Amazing movie. If you enjoyed Nightwatch this is a worthy sequel - continues the story, develops the characters. Fantastic action, inventive use of subtitles, gripping characters. An intelligent movie.

Kimbo

Amazing movie. If you enjoyed Nightwatch this is a worthy sequel - continues the story, develops the characters. Fantastic action, inventive use of subtitles, gripping characters. An intelligent movie.

Andrew

A worthy sequel to Night Watch. This movie will demand a few braincells of your attention but that's all you need to keep up with the plot. It's particularly refreshing to enjoy mythic Russian fantasy.

Andrew

A worthy sequel to Night Watch. This movie will demand a few braincells of your attention but that's all you need to keep up with the plot. It's particularly refreshing to enjoy mythic Russian fantasy.

Yuriy

Very intresting russian move i love russians moves they are with a logical fantastic features

Yuriy

Very intresting russian move i love russians moves they are with a logical fantastic features

Ausra

i completely hated, the film is russian and with not logical fantastic features.

Ausra

i completely hated, the film is russian and with not logical fantastic features.