Day Watch (Dnevnoi Dozor)
The ancient war between the forces of Light and Darkness is reaching a tragic outcome. Each side has gained a powerful Great Other, who are headed for a clash, and Anton Gorodetsky is once again caught up in the midst of this conflict.
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Fresh: Day Watch may not suit everyone, but it opens a big can of Russian whoop-de-whoop on anyone willing to take it.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Thursday, June 7, 2007
Fresh: Every bit as puzzling as its predecessor, but it's shot in such a bold, crazy way that you have to admire its pure audacity.
- Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, Thursday, June 14, 2007
Fresh: At 2 hours and 20 minutes, this zippy follow-up to Night Watch delivers a killer pace, blasts of heavy-metal, vexed characters, and gory allegory wherein occult terrorists suck blood, cast spells and escape to a spooky zone known as the Gloom.
- Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times, Friday, June 15, 2007
"Why does the wind blow? It wipes the tracks where we have passed. So that no one can tell, whether we still exist." Timur Bekmambetov's Day Watch is the sequel to the big-budget Russian hit film Night Watch. The sequel picks up the storyline one year later from the original . The forces of Light and Dark are engaged in a civil war as each side attempts to control a device that will tilt the balance and destroy the other side completely. Stuck in the middle is Anton, a Light Agent (played by Konstantin Khabensky) whose son is a Dark Agent and whose love interest is a fellow Light Other. Bekmamtebov's brilliant visual flare is affluent in this Russian gem. It's bigger, louder, and more colorful than it's predecessor. The success of the first film is immediately seen by the increase in visual effects. The aforementioned success really opened up the budget for Bekmamtebov to blow up at least 10 huge buildings in this film! The acting was top-notch, especially by Khabensky and the young actor who played his son Yegor (Aleksei Chadov). The plot is fun, and if you're a fan of sci fi then it is easy to submerge yourself in the storyline. However, one of my few complaints is that it's not an upgrade from the original. Ultimately, any goal of a sequel is to give the audience something new or better. Yet, all this film serves to do is continue the storyline. The only differentiation that can be seen between the two films is the number of buildings that are blown up. The only other real complaint was that it was a bit long-winded. Coming in at about 30 minutes longer than the original with no real character depth added, this film tended to get a bit confusing and a bit boring in the middle. Long films like this tend to take themselves too seriously, and this one should not have been that long. What really saves this film is the climax. Day Watch has one of the most eye-popping, visually-satisfying conclusions to a sci fi film I have seen in recent years. It ties everything together, it destroys Moscow, and it was just damn cool to watch. It was a memorable Armageddon battle that concluded the series perfectly. Don't expect too much more than what you saw in the first film. But if you enjoyed the original, then you will love Day Watch. "Imperfections are hidden in darkness, Yegor. And people always have their imperfections. "
- DerekA101, Sunday, December 7, 2008
Better than the original, way better. A fantastic and breathtaking film. It's gripping, pulse-pounding and exhilerating. An edge of your seat ride filled with more compelling suspense and unforgettable action. This new breed of horror film never fails to satisfy or blow your mind. An adreniline-pumping adventure jammed with thrills and chills. It's powerful, exciting and unrelentling. A beautifully crafted movie that will stand as an undenieable cinimatic classic. Stylish, masterful, engrossing, marvelous and sensational. An explosive, very enjoyable and action-packed sequel. A great mixture of astonishing speacial effects, great action sequences and teriffic characters. Director, Timur Bekmambetov continues his vision with outstanding force. It surpasses the heights of fantacy of The Lord Of The Rings and is louder and more visually arresting then 300.
- allan913, Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Fans of the original will surely love this follow up, but it is never anything great. Day Watch is good, but leaves a lot be desired. I thought that the film was well constructed with a prominent sense of style, which is a trademark of Bekmambetov's films. Day Watch in many ways is a better film than Night Watch because it expands on the story established in the first entry. Night Watch was a film that was all over the place with its plot and relied on its visual style to create its entertainment value. Although similar, this film tones down on heavy special effects and focusing more on storytelling. But that's not saying that effects are not prominent in the film. There are plenty of scenes that have effects and are quite exciting, but the plot is better thought out here and the film is a more focused, more detailed movie. The performances are good and there are aspects of the film should appeal genre fans. However as a whole, the sequel doesn't break any new ground in terms of vampire lore. I enjoyed the film, but I felt it could have been better and it was on par with the original. Visually striking, with toned down effects and a good story, Day Watch is a worthwhile follow up to Night Watch. Fans of the first film will most likely enjoy this entry and it boasts some effective action and tense, horrifying scenes that will certainly delight genre fans. Either way you slice it, these films are only mildly entertaining, and won't be seen as classics of the genre. With that said, this is worth seeing for mindless entertainment value, but if you're looking for a standout feature, you'll sadly be disappointed.
- TheDudeLebowski65, Sunday, May 5, 2013