Night Watch Review and Day Watch Review (Night Watch 2) and Trailers

21 Aug

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Night Watch (Nochnoy Dozor) Trailer

Day Watch ( Night Watch 2) Trailer

Quick Summary

I just finished watching Day Watch last night. Before I explain what these movies are for those who are unfamiliar with Sergey Lukyanenko’s novels, let me just say that while watching Day Watch I literally jumped out of my sofa and ran around the living room going HOLY SHIT and then having to rewind the scene I just witnessed to watch it again.

This had some spectacular special effects and action sequences, and beautifully, masterfully shot as well. I was blown away by the sheer scale of this epic film and it’s visceral impact on my senses.

Anyway, the Night Watch series is a bunch of movies released in Russia starting in 2004 based on Lukyanenko’s novels. They are what he calls “City Fantasy” as in, warriors and Mages and Wizards and Vampires but in a modern urban setting.

The story talks about the forces of light and the forces of the Dark, who long ago had a enormous war. The war was stopped because the Greats (the most powerful of all Wizards) saw that if the war continued both sides would annihilate each other. So they signed The Agreement, which basically said they would no longer be at war, and instead there would be a Day Watch and a Night Watch. At Night, the forces of Dark would be allowed to do evil (sucking the blood from humans, killing, etc) as long as they are issued a license to do evil from the Night Watch. Any Dark Ones who do evil without a license are arrested and tried by the Night Watch.

The same holds true for the Day Watch. They are the Dark Ones who watch over the Light Ones, making sure that only the ones licensed to do good (healing, helping others, etc) do so. Any Light Ones who do good without a license are similarly tried by the Day Watch.

And both the Night Watch and the Day Watch are watched over by the Greats, the very same 2 greats who formed the Agreement many thousands of years ago.

These movies take place in modern times, for it is foretold that one day ‘The Other’ would appear, and whichever side he joined would gain so much power it would tip the scales into their favor and allow them to have enough power to break the agreement and go to war and win.

The movie introduced a concept called ‘The Gloom’ which is this plane of reality that exists just beneath our world. Wizards of both Dark and Light can enter the gloom and use it to go through walls and doors and to do many other acts of great magic. But the longer you stay in the Gloom the more likely you are to never leave. Being in the Gloom saps Wizards of their energy very fast. Untrained Wizards can easily be killed while in the Gloom. There are only a few who can enter the second Level of the Gloom for a short period of time, and only the Greats can utilize the second Level of Gloom for ultimate magic ability.

Night Watch (Nochnoy Dozor) Review

*WARNING* The version of Night Watch available legally in most US Video stores is MAJORLY edited, they cut out over 10 minutes of footage and changes the storyline significantly. Try and watch the original Russian version if you can find it *END WARNING*

Night Watch introduces us to the story, and to the many amazingly well-acted characters. I was especially impressed by Konstantin Khabensky’s performance as Anton Gorodetsky, the main character in the movies. His acting ability is extremely polished.

The film has many breath-taking moments full of special effects of the highest caliber and cinematography to rival the work of David Fincher. From beginning to end I had multiple eyegasms over the beauty that was unfolding before me on the screen.

The movie is very intelligent, extremely epic and introduces a very original fantasy realm that really grabs you. This one you can easily pick up at any rental movie store or purchase at Best Buy.

Day Watch (Dnevnoy Dozor) Review

This movie is only out in Russia on DVD right now. I watched mine with a Russian DVD on a regionless DVD player. I thought it would be hard to top Night Watch, but within the first 10 minutes Day Watch blew all of Night Watch away.

There is a jaw-dropping sequence near the beginning where we see what the different levels of the Gloom are, I had to rewind that scene and re-watch it several times because I found it so beautiful.

There are moments of genius throughout the film that will make any fan of action films piss their pants. What’s amazing to me is they managed to stay completely away from Kung Fu. All the fighting in the movie is done via magic and sorcery, as you’d expect wizards to do. No Matrix kung fu bullshit anywhere in the film. And despite the lack of martial arts the movie delivers in spades in the action department. There is a short sequence at the VERY beginning that has a tiny bit of martial arts but its all of 3 seconds long.

Day Watch really ties in well with Night Watch and continues the saga and really makes you care about all the characters. Many people die, all sorts of cataclysmic events unfold and by the end of the film your are eyes wide open with jaw hanging loosely open with drool dripping on the carpet as you will be mesmerized.

As the first film, Day Watch is VERY complicated and might take you several viewing to ‘get’

In General, everyone who is a fan of intelligent cinema and especially action needs to watch these movies.

Intrerview with the Director, talking about Dusk Watch (night watch 3)


7 Responses to “Night Watch Review and Day Watch Review (Night Watch 2) and Trailers”

  1. valiskeogh August 21, 2006 at 2:54 pm #

    dammit, i’ve only seen the first one, AUGH!!! … must hunt…

    • bboyneko August 21, 2006 at 3:01 pm #

      The second one is next to impossible to find legally.

  2. son_of_ottie August 21, 2006 at 3:14 pm #

    I love Night Watch as well. I bought it at a video store about a year or so ago. All the menus are in Russian. It has subtitles in English though.
    My screen saver at work is the Night Watch screen saver from the website!
    I’m looking forward to seeing Day Watch. Then there’s one more…it’s a trilogy.

    • bboyneko August 21, 2006 at 3:25 pm #

      yes, try your hardest to obtain a copy of Day Watch, its an amazing movie. The trailer should give you an idea of how awesome it is.

      • docwho88 August 21, 2006 at 4:37 pm #

        feel like posting a torrent of a DVD-rip? O:-)

      • bboyneko August 21, 2006 at 4:40 pm #

        I don’t know how 😦
        I’d suggest just getting a copy off Ebay and have a don’t ask don’t tell policy

  3. ouranophobia August 24, 2006 at 6:11 pm #

    I seriously just shit my pants with glee. I had no idea that I could even get day watch now… or that it was out! Time for me to spend some money..

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