The battle between good and evil is so evenly balanced, that
should it continue, all will be destoyed. So, hundreds of years ago, the battle
was stopped. The forces of Light and the forces of Darkness made a deal - neither
good not evil can take place without mutual consent. And a Day Watch was created,
to watch over the forces of Light, with a Night Watch to watch over the forces
of Darkness. But after a thousand years, the Great Other will come, and choose
the side of Evil ...
That's the backdrop for a modern-day epic trilogy;
Night Watch shows how the Great One was found - and why he chose the way he did.
is one great movie; took more than triple what "The Return of the King"
achieved at the Russian box office, and has kick-started the whole Russian movie
The story is complex, and the opening scenes are dialog-heavy
in explaining things, so for us subtitle sufferers, it is quite hard work. As
the film proceeds, the story takes off, and the sheer size of the thing takes
over; it is not really a vampire movie - there are vampires, and central to the
plot; but they are small fry, they are included to illustrate the workings of
the ancient Good & Evil Deal - they are 'licensed' and allowed to prey within
limits, and if they break the rules, the Watch will hunt them down. They do have
special powers, including the ability to 'call' potential victims to them. And
there's a measure of invisibility when required, too. But they are not the only
ones with exceptional powers; there are transformers (not so much robots in disguise,
as owls, bears ...). Some can 'see' the future, too. And all this has been blended
with computers and some hi-tech weaponry.
Much of the camera work is stunning,
making much of the nighttime urban landscape, but the special effects, while clever,
add little to the plot, and often are simply distracting. I regret I have not
read the novel - but the screenplay moves at a fair pace, and the director does
not allow much in the way of rest!
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, which
triggered thoughts of Donny Darko, Bladerunner and Edward Scissorhands, among
others. But it is a genuine original.
- Directed by
- Screenplay Timur Bekmambetov
- Based on a noel
by Sergei Lukyanenko
- Cast includes: Konstantin Khabensky (as Anton Gorodetsky),
Vladimir Menshov (Geser), Mariya Poroshina (Svetlana), Yuri Kutsenko (Ignat),
Ilya Lagutenko (Andrei the Vampire), Viktor Verzhbitsky (Zavulon), Mariya Mironova
(Yegor's Mother), Aleksei Maklakov (Semyon), Dmitry Martynov (Yegor).
Watch" is the first part of a trilogy based on books by Sergei Lukyanenko.
Fox will distribute Timur Bekmambetov's movie and its sequel, "Day
Watch", and will then go into production on a prequel to both films, "Dusk
Watch," which will be released by Fox. Depending on how successful that is,
Fox will have the right to remake both "Night Watch" and "Day Watch"
as English-language sequels.