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.
Awards & Rankings
Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings
Apr 3, 2011Excellent entertaining film and if the critic from Miami has seen it, then I would be amazed as this film is nothing like the Matrix. TheExcellent entertaining film and if the critic from Miami has seen it, then I would be amazed as this film is nothing like the Matrix. The effects were a compliment to the film rather than the film, the humour in it was great fun especially where the main character is placed in a womans body. The underlying message from both **** and Daywatch is about choices and how people can make poor choices which is why the ending is quite poignant. I think the negativity is more due to being a foreign language film and not American, both to my mind being pluses these days.… Full Review »
Apr 19, 2015I never give anything a 10 but this came close.
Firstly it is not American, which means it has a different cultural perspective towards theI never give anything a 10 but this came close.
Firstly it is not American, which means it has a different cultural perspective towards the genre. Secondly I suggest there is a "group think bias" amongst, especially US, critics to favour anything Hollywood over anything not! After all Hollywooders are the people who give out the free party invites. The same is true of we in the west in general, cultural bias and lack of diversity in mainstream cinema, after all we have not really had anything in the way of blockbuster movies other than hollywood for 70 years.
Overall the pace of the film was balanced between quieter, somewhat contemplative, character dialogues exploring the implications of decision, broken by high impact action scenes.
The dialogue was not fantastic but not awful. Remember subtleties can be lost in translation. I have heard far worse dialogue on hollywood films, Matrix 1, 2 and 3 and Avatar, for example. I think they all made some money?
As for the plot it is based on a three part novel (not the second book in the series which was actually called daywatch) so lacks the depth of the books due to the confines of the length of the film. This is true of most books of the film. So it can come across as having a shallow backstory. You can fix this to some extent by watching **** first.
I liked it, I recommend it for anyone who enjoys fantasy/vampire/supernatural genres.… Full Review »
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 soFor 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 »