Night Watch

Night Watch (2004) movie poster

(2004) dir. Timur Bekmambetov
viewed: 07/01/06

This Russian action flick sounded kind of fun on the outside, featuring battling good guys and bad guys (vampire bad guys) and some deep mythological rooted adventure. I mean, how many big budget action films like this has one seen from the Russian film industry? Well, maybe if you are Russian or understand Russian, you may have a deeper knowledge of their annual output. I don’t. I am not. So, this was appealing on those levels.

The sad part about it is that it’s really not that great, nor in many ways that different from Hollywood films of the genre. It would be interesting to know how much these types of mythologies are potentially tied back to Russian traditions, though my guess is that these are as concocted as anything that comes out of the United States.

The film was interesting enough, and being the first of a trilogy, I’d still be interested in seeing the sequels, but I wouldn’t get all overexcited or anything about it.

One Reply to “Night Watch”

  1. I liked this film for its ambition. As far as I’m aware, the budget was miniscule and they were attempting special effects and finishing of a scale slimilar to the Matrix. Unfortunately, they went ahead and borrowed heavily from the Matrix, Blade and a half a dozen other sci-fi/action films. To be expected, I guess.

    Judged on that basis, this film is a sub-par, straight to video feature.

    What I found intriguing, and what will bring me back for Daywatch, the sequel, is the back story. The mix of russian folklore into the fairly straight christian/vampire mythology was interesting and worth checking out (on video).

    The subtitles on the version i watched was bad to the point of hilarity. It was like someone ran the whole movie through bablefish or google translate.

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