Night Watch (15)

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Time Out says

Part ‘Matrix’, part ‘Underworld’, part ‘Harry Potter’, this sci-fi-horror-conspiracy-thriller action flick was a domestic smash in Russia, and it’s enjoyable enough in its daft way. A secret tension between the forces of good and evil (the ‘Night Watch’ and ‘Day Watch’ respectively) has simmered beneath the surface of everyday life for centuries, held in check by an agreement not to interfere in normal people’s choices – an agreement now threatened by one man’s actions... A curious mix of contemporary Moscow life and digital jiggery-pokery, the film could, at a pinch, be taken as an oblique comment on atomised self-interest in the new Russia, but is probably best taken as an over-ambitious attempt to ape recent Hollywood genre escapades.
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15

UK release:

Fri Oct 7, 2005

Duration:

114 mins

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Marsellus

I was quite disappointed with this film. I haven't read the books so my review is merely on the film - and not a book/ film comparison. I thought this Hollywood-esque/ Russian vamp-film would be something akin to Blade or Underworld. However, the film seems to have been edited by someone on acid. I found it really difficult to keep track of all the characters - not to mention what was actually going on. I like foreign films and a wide variety of genres so I thought I'd enjoy this but I was bitterly disappointed. The plot didn't make a whole lot of sense and the whole 'messiah/ chosen one prophecy' has been done so many times before that it's completely devoid of any interest.

atothej

I'm sorry, but clearly Usman has not read the novels. This movie has completely messed up the basic message of the novels and sacrificed it on the altar of CGI effects. While I do like the atmosphere created and the action presented because it is so different from Hollywood's usual, it does not excuse the terrible script that basically takes everything out, that's good about the books, while trying to fit in action sequences and story-lines from three or four books. it's just a big mess, loses all contextual relevance. But you have to do it that way if you want to cram 12 books into three movies, don't you? in my humble opinion, less would have been more, I really like the style of the movies, I guess, that's why I even bother to care, but the script made me just angry!

usman khawaja

I think that NF did not get the gist of this modern vampire saga and the satire on a modern milieu right ,as for me this is a modern classic on par with Blade Runner ,which was savaged by the critics at the time of release too, Anton's relationship with his unborn son and the mixing of mythology with a modern day message over the urban evils of Moscow are very relevant in this fantasy horror which immaculately mixes the biblical images of Doomsday with the present day artefacts of doom ,i loved every second of this macabre movie where the vampires can smell and be attracted to the blood of the victims ,in a metaphorical manner it matches the convoluted world of today's state surveillance of individuals being hunted by the corrupt political system . This is even more relevant for the Putin's russia that induced this classic and explains why this was such a great sucess in that country as it becomes almost an urban legend when seen in that light and the style is visual genius itself , The vision of this movie remains unmatched and much superior to the comparable Hollywood sagas which cannot even touch it's dark dynamic energy and psychological phantasm with a Shakespearean aura woven in it's magical charms , unmissable .

usman khawaja

I think that NF did not get the gist of this modern vampire saga and the satire on a modern milieu right ,as for me this is a modern classic on par with Blade Runner ,which was savaged by the critics at the time of release too, Anton's relationship with his unborn son and the mixing of mythology with a modern day message over the urban evils of Moscow are very relevant in this fantasy horror which immaculately mixes the biblical images of Doomsday with the present day artefacts of doom ,i loved every second of this macabre movie where the vampires can smell and be attracted to the blood of the victims ,in a metaphorical manner it matches the convoluted world of today's state surveillance of individuals being hunted by the corrupt political system . This is even more relevant for the Putin's russia that induced this classic and explains why this was such a great sucess in that country as it becomes almost an urban legend when seen in that light and the style is visual genius itself , The vision of this movie remains unmatched and much superior to the comparable Hollywood sagas which cannot even touch it's dark dynamic energy and psychological phantasm with a Shakespearean aura woven in it's magical charms , unmissable .