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Nightwatch (R)

Release Date: February 17th, 2006 by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
The Cast: Konstantin Khabensky, Vladimir Menshov, Valeri Zolotukhin, Mariya Poroshina, Galina Tyunina, Yuri Kutsenko.
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov.
In Russian with subtitles.

BASIC PREMISE: After a thousand years of peace between the warriors of light and the army of darkness, Anton (Khabensky), a member of the Night Watch, must stop the Day Watch vampires from causing an apocalypse in Moscow.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The opening scenes with the warriors of light and the army of darkness provide a great introduction to a simple yet thrilling story. During the on-going battle, both sides agree to a truce. A thousand years later, there are two police teams (known as “Others”) to help maintain the truce: the Night Watch, humans with special powers, and the Day Watch, made up of vampires. When Anton learns that he must be an Other, he chooses to be member of the Night Watch—the good guys. The simple plot between good and evil does get tedious and seems unoriginal at times. As the plot unfolds, the opening scenes make more sense, especially during the return of the cursed virgin who led to existence of light and darkness in the first place a thousand years ago. Like The Matrix , Nightwatch is fueled by plenty of imaginative, mind-boggling ideas that beg for a sequel—in fact, there already will be one called Daywatch . It’s difficult to care about Anton because there is very little character development and he doesn’t have much charisma to be particularly memorable. However, director Timur Bekmambetov knows how to keep you entertained by maintaining a fast-pace with exciting action sequences and remarkable special effects—even the subtitles have visual effects of their own.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: A thin, occasionally tedious plot.


IN A NUTSHELL: An imaginative, thrilling ride with dazzling visual effects!

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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