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DNEVNOY DOZOR (DAY WATCH) by Timur Bekmambetov

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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.

Who? Why? What? That will be the questions when you watch Day Watch without seeing Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) first, without reading the books or reading up some information on the internet. Who is that? Why are they doing what they are doing? What the ….. is going on?
Without knowledge of the quasi-mythological background story, there are two choices: you can be totally confused and frustrated while trying to figure it out, or you are content with understanding nought and try to enjoy the visionary images and effects. And there are plenty of powerful images that will linger in the mind: the warrior riding straight through the walls of a fortress, the man stopping a bus with outstretched hands, the brief visits in the Twilight – though most of them are given away in the trailer already.
Verdict: a bit like The Matrix Reloaded, with the difference that Day Watch makes sense when you read the books or do some internet research.

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