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  • Summary: The second installment of a trilogy based on the best-selling sci-fi novels of Sergei Lukyanenko, Day Watch (Dnevnoi Dozor) revolves around the conflict and balance maintained between the forces of light and darkness -- the result of a medieval truce between the opposing sides. (Fox Searchlight)
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. 88
    It's a high-energy blast.
  2. 75
    Anyone looking for sleek futuristic action and production design should keep walking.
  3. Though Day Watch seems less shocking and overwhelmingly strange than "Night Watch," it's another rocking mix of gritty thriller and glitzy sci-fi, once again in the vein of the director Bekmambetov's idols Quentin Tarantino and the Wachowski brothers.
  4. Ranks as one of the most elaborate, stunt- and effects-filled summer movies currently in the theatres. Unfortunately for its box-office prospects, it's also in Russian, which narrows its audience to action junkies with a foreign film bent.
  5. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    The worst thing Bekmambetov has picked up from his American models is the tendency of megasequels to aggrandize material grown enervated, to compensate for thinness by spreading out.
  6. Bekmambetov introduces too many elements, losing interest in them or using them inadequately.
  7. 38
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. ALF
    Apr 3, 2011
    Excellent 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. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jun 22, 2007
    I liked it. not as good as the book, but ok. its a combination of the last 2 books of Nightwatch.
  3. YuryI.
    Mar 10, 2008
    I would say that it is an excellent movie. Very dark, very Russian, and in that extremely unique.
  4. DavidB
    Nov 5, 2007
    Sadly, where Night Watch contained a fresh story and interesting characters, Day Watch abandons the story all together and leaves a movie almost void of purpose. There is the flash and visual effect that you hope for, especially with the bus scene or the car angrily driven right across a building so the heroin (of sorts) can make an entrance. Yet, the characters who you want to know more of, and to understand better, are left hallow and unexplored. Tell me, why don Expand
  5. Aug 25, 2014
    For 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.
  6. Sep 9, 2012
    Day 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. Expand
  7. Jan 10, 2013
    I 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 Collapse

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