Featuring the cinematic vision of cutting-edge Director/Writer Timur Bekmambetov, DAY WATCH (DNEVNOI DOZOR) is the next installment based on the best-selling sci-fi novels of Sergei Lukyanenko. When the previous installment, NIGHT WATCH (NOCHNOI DOZOR), was released in its native Russia in July 2004, it became an instant smash hit breaking all film gross records in post-Soviet history. Made for a mere $4 million, the film out-grossed both LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING and SPIDER-MAN 2 at the Russian box office, eventually taking in more than $16 million. DAY WATCH (DNEVNOI DOZOR) has done even better, grossing over $30 million.
A dazzling mix of state-of-the-art visual effects, amazing action sequences, and nail-biting horror set in contemporary Moscow, DAY WATCH (DNEVNOI DOZOR) revolves around the conflict and balance maintained between the forces of light and darkness -- the result of a medieval truce between the opposing sides. This 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 things. On one side is Anton's son, Yegor, who has joined the ranks of the Dark Others, while Anton's love interest Svetlana is the hope of the Light. But that's just the beginning of his troubles: Anton is on the run after having been accused of murder. Things are getting worse, and only the ancient Chalk of Fate can save the day. The problem is the magical Chalk has been lost hundreds of years ago...
There are three amazing things about this movie. THREE
. The first is the intensity of vision that writer/director Bekmambetov maintains. His shots are so carefully crafted and orchestrated, every scene carries a richness and emotion that if a character was never to speak we know exactly how to feel.
The second thing is the character of Anton. Th acting and dimensions of Konstantin Khabensky are perfect. As Harrison is to Indy, the shark to Jaws, Johnny to Pirates, he is The NIGHTWATCH series.
The third thing is the subtitles. The art direction and graphic design of seen oral dictation was amazing. They were as much apart of the story as any character or visual.
I have no big problem with the series. I go for the visuals and Anton...nothing more. The story rings hollow to my soul. The music is touch and go. The SFX are definitely amazing but definitely not timeless.
So should you go and see DAYWATCH. If you love good characters and visuals???yes
. Will it be your favorite??? Nope
...and you probably won't ever want to see it again.