Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov
Starring: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Vladimir Menshov, Mariya Poroshina
So Night Watch is apparently one of most expensive movies ever to come out of Russia, and it was by and far the highest grossing movie there for… ever, I think. It’s kinda like Crazy Russian Vampire Matrix. Just like the name of my band.
Back in fantasy times, the forces of good and evil made a bargain that neither of them would get too powerful again, so they each made a police force to keep the other in line. In modern times, one member of the Night Watch (the good guys who police the bad guys) has to try and cure the curse on one poor woman with terrible luck who could bring about the end of the world. Also there’s a prophecy about a kid who will bring one side or the other to power, and the guy has to try and not make him evil as well.
There are some pretty cool visuals in this movie. Not just that the effects are good (and they still hold up pretty well almost a decade later, which is pretty spectacular from a foreign movie heavy on CGI special effects), but it’s just a cool atmosphere that they set up. Even if most of the movie is about vampires and we all know how ridiculous THOSE things have gotten nowadays. Easily the biggest flaw with Night Watch is that it’s pretty confusing. I don’t know how much of that is just a cultural thing (as far as I know, none of it is, but I’m willing to give it the benefit of a doubt), but you need to pay a lot of attention to pretty much everything that goes on, and then infer a bunch of stuff out of that. Still, if you can get past that and you want to see a cool, atmospheric spooky action film, give it a try.