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NOCHNOI DOZOR (NIGHT WATCH) by Timur Bekmambetov

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night watch Over thousand years ago a battle between the Forces Of Light and the Forces Of Darkness ended in a truce – from this time on, humans should be free to decide for one side. Among humans, there live the Others – witches, shapeshifters, sorcerers, vampires. The truce and the balance between Light and Darkness is watched over by Others who decide for one side – the Night Watch are the forces of the Light who protect humankind from the Darkness. The Day Watch watches over the truce for the Darkness. A prophecy says that one day, an Other with great powers will come, who will join the Darkness and end the balance of the forces – and drive all humankind into Darkness.

night watch Moscow – 12 years ago: Anton’s fiance has left him for another man, and he visits a witch who shall make her come back – and kill her unborn child. Anton takes full responsibility for this sin. When the Night Watch arrives just in time to stop and arrest the witch, Anton discovers he is an Other himself – he chooses the Light and becomes a member of the Night Watch himself.

Moscow – today: Anton (Konstantin Khabensky) is fighting vampires for the Night Watch and his newest task is to save a young boy, Yegor (Dmitry Martynov) from the vampires. What he does not know yet is that this boy is the Great Other who will fulfill the prophecy – and that this boy is his own son.

Hyped and praised by Quentin Tarantino and Danny Boyle, said to be the new ‘Lord Of The Rings’ or ‘Matrix’ there is a lot of expectations which are hard to live up to.
NIGHT WATCH is the first part of a trilogy, and it introduces a full new mythology which is never explained in detail and hard to grasp in every details for those who do not know the books.
The structure is episodic and a clear story arc is not in sight, but if you love your motion picture dark and stylish, you will find plenty of darkness and style here, together with a great soundtrack. Ultimately, this is a story about every human’s decision for good or evil, and it’s message is you have to take responsibility for your actions – like Anton, who has to pay the price for his attempted murder of his own unborn son – and with him, all of humankind may have to suffer for his sin.
It’s just too bad the movie is packed with so much style, characters and episodic subplots, but in the end fails to have a soul. So it’s not the great movie the hype wants you to believe it is, but if you liked the MATRIX and KILL BILL, you may also like this one – and there’s always the hope the next part of the trilogy might be even better than this one.

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One Response to “NOCHNOI DOZOR (NIGHT WATCH) by Timur Bekmambetov”

  1. itsvery Movie Review Blog - Independent Film Reviews » DNEVNOY DOZOR (DAY WATCH) by Timur Bekmambetov Says:

    […] In the second part of the trilogy, the counterpart of the Night Watch, the Day Watch, is introduced. Yegor (Dmitry Martynov), Anton’s son, is becoming a very powerful “Great Other” for the Day Watch, and Svetlana (Mariya Poroshina), Anton’s trainee and love interest, is becoming a “Greath Other” for the Night Watch, balancing the forces. Zavulon (Viktor Verzhbitsky), leader of the Day Watch, tries to frame Anton (Konstantin Khabensky) for murder, and to provoke the Night Watch into breaking the truce. If only one drop of blood from his Day Watch is spilled by the Night Watch, he wants to use Yegor’s powers to reignite the ancient war and to destroy the Light Others. There is one item that may help Anton to survive and to make his mistakes of the past undone – he needs to find the Chalk of Fate to change the past. But the Chalk of Fate is lost since centuries, and time is running out for the Night Watch. […]

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