Like Russia's answer to "The Matrix" and "Lord of the Ring"s trilogies, Day Watch offers the second chapter in an epic battle between the forces of Light and Dark, the result of which is a gaping gray area where nothing much makes sense.
Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings
Aug 25, 2014For the first half of the movie I actually thought that "Day Watch" would be better than it's prequel. During the second half, I wasn't so sure anymore.
The movie starts out good and clear, explaining the circumstances enough in an unhurried pace. All in all, it makes sense.
Then something happens, and the plot starts to twist and turn and nothing makes sense whether it comes to characters' actions or logic. Stuff just happens, a bit aimlessly, and even if there seems to be a goal for it all, it is hidden from plain view.
The characters are given a bit more time in "Day Watch" than they had in "Night Watch". As long as the movie manages to graps onto a thread of clarity, it is quite good.… Full Review »
Jan 10, 2013I can't understand how people are giving this good scores, the dialogue in the movie is 100% cringe-worthy and EXTREMELY awkward, it takes cheesy to another level. The movie itself is absolutely nonsensical, and just plain strange, it's not even a bit interesting. This is why Russia should NOT be making movies for audiences outside of Russia. Half way through it got so awkward that I decided to just give up and stop watching… Full Review »
Sep 9, 2012Day Watch seems far more comfortable with itself and confident in what it is trying to achieve than Night Watch was. A high-octane supernatural thriller in every sense, the film is action-packed, engaging and more than a little bit weird. Once again Konstantin Khabensky is great as Anton, an unusual yet layered and compelling protagonist, and the personal emotional journey he undergoes over the course of the film's narrative is affecting. Viktor Verzhbitsky is also fantastic as Zavulon, an understated, chilling villain. Other characters and performances in Day Watch make far less of an impact, though thankfully they don't make extended appearances as the story generally remains focused on Anton, his estranged son Yegor (played by the talented young Dmitriy Martynov) and Zavulon, who seeks to corrupt the boy and use his newly discovered destructive powers for evil. Like the first film, Day Watch still becomes incredibly confusing in the film's final act, but you'll have a pretty good (if a little narratively dense and drawn out) time regardless. Director Timur Bekmambetov has really stepped things up in terms of his artistic vision, and the film's visual splendour puts even some recent high-concept American features to shame. Russia might be a country to watch in terms of blockbuster filmmaking over the next few years, even if they can't quite compete with Hollywood yet.… Full Review »