Day Watch

2 out of 5 stars
VIEW TO A KILL Martynov gives his foes the evil eye(s).
VIEW TO A KILL Martynov gives his foes the evil eye(s).

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

A Frankenstein’s monster of leftovers from The Matrix, Tolkien’s Middle Earth epics and Magic: The Gathering cards, Timur Bekmambetov’s Night Watch (2004) wasn’t just an adaptation of Sergei Lukyanenko and Vladimir Vasilev’s megapopular novels. It was also Russia’s attempt to outdo Hollywood with its own homegrown blockbuster borscht, a gambit that translated into mad rubles at the box office.

This sequel reprises the original’s conceit that if you just throw a lot of cool fantasy ballyhoo together, who cares if coherence becomes collateral damage? Day Watch is what you’d imagine it’s like being stuck inside the head of a geeky 12-year-old boy: Vampires duke it out with supercops and medieval barbarians, generic n-metal riffs and DJ breakbeats play in constant loops, and doe-eyed hotties strut around in fetish wear. All that’s missing is a bitchin’ Fast and the Furious--style joyride. Actually, scratch that; that’s in there as well.

The plot? Once again, the “dark others” and “light others” are on the verge of starting the apocalypse, this time over the One Ring...sorry, the “Chalk of Fate,” which will decide whether evil or good reigns supreme. Bekmambetov is currently at work on a third installment; perhaps it’s time to just say nyet. (Opens Fri; Click here for venues.)—David Fear



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