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.
© 2007 Twentieth Century Fox
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Top Critic Reviews
Fresh: Day watch is nonsense. But it's glorious nonsense.
- James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page, Saturday, October 18, 2008
Rotten: Watch's supernatural police and Bekmambetov's rich visual palette give the film enough strength at least to throw a couple elbows to set itself apart from other nameless films with plenty of effects, but little vision.
- Jason Morgan, Filmcritic.com, Tuesday, July 8, 2008
"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
There was a point around the beginning of Day Watch where I thought it might actually be better than its predecessor, Night Watch. The impressive but over-the-top scene with the car barrel-assing along the front of that hotel, the interestingly upgraded special effects and the foxy, raven-coiffed Alicia all had me open-minded and ready to enjoy it. Then that droning, monotonous and boring story kicked it. I honestly feel that this movie as an hour too long and if the effects weren't so good I'd say it should be used as torture. Believe it or not, a second viewing makes Day Watch even more nonsensical and painful to watch.
- mjgildea, Sunday, September 20, 2009