A fantasy-thriller set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle.

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Storyline

Among normal humans live the "Others" possessing various supernatural powers. They are divided up into the forces of light and the forces of the dark, who signed a truce several centuries ago to end a devastating battle. Ever since, the forces of light govern the day while the night belongs to their dark opponents. In modern day Moscow the dark Others actually roam the night as vampires while a "Night Watch" of light forces, among them Anton, the movie's protagonist, try to control them and limit their outrage. Written by Armin Ortmann {armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de}

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All That Stands Between Light And Darkness Is The Night Watch.


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Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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3 March 2006 (USA)  »

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$4,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$66,584 (Turkey) (30 September 2005)

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$1,487,477 (USA) (28 April 2006)
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This film broke all records in Russia and became the #1 box-office movie of all time. The record was broken the following year by the Russian movie Turetskiy gambit (2005). See more »

Goofs

When Anton and Olga are in Yegor's apartment explaining the vampires to Yegor, Anton is watching the news on TV. When he moves to the smaller TV and turns on the news, it says "MUTE" on the screen, but you can still hear the news anchor talking. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: Since the time immemorial, the knights who call themselves the Warriors of Light have been chasing witches and sorcerers who torture humans.
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Crazy Credits

The intro credits for the Russian version are shown during the swimming pool scene and the succeeding scene where Anton gets a phone call. The title credits interact with the surroundings, (e.g., flow like blood in the water). See more »

Connections

Followed by Dnevnoy dozor (2006) See more »

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Na teplokhode muzyka igrayet
("Music is Playing on the Motor Ship")
Music by Vyacheslav Dobrynin
Lyrics by Mikhail Ryabinin (as M.I. Meyerovich)
Performed by Olga Zarubina (uncredited)
Played on a motor ship early in the film
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From Russia with Loads of Monsters
10 March 2005 | by (Haguenau, France) – See all my reviews

"Night Watch" is one of the most expensive Russian film production ever and enjoyed in it's home country the best movie start of all time (15 million US $ in its first month), but is it any good? Yes and no. First of all, let me say that this is a special effects film and even though for a Russian production this has a comparatively huge budget for CGI and makeup f/x, the results are decidedly mixed. Most of it is OK, with single drops into the ridiculous. The direction by former ad director Bekmambetov is stylish enough, without forgetting to portray the grittiness of Russian life circumstances. The actors are competent, though leading man Konstantin Khabensky is lacking in the charisma department. The story ultimately is the measurement of what is good and bad about "Night Watch" and it does contain both. The novels, on which this film is based, are pretty complex, making this the first in a trilogy, with "Day Watch" and "Dusk Watch" to come. The presented battle between good and evil supernatural beings is reminiscent of other genre efforts, but unlike, say "Underworld", "Night Watch" takes its elements seriously. This is a mixed blessing. On one hand you have a real mythology underlying events instead of a starting point for subway machine gun battles of longhairs, on the other there is no humor in the picture and the reverent and dead serious tone in spite of the bizarre events is sometimes overdone and a little laughable. The idea of supernatural police forces observing and checking each other is a nice one, as are numerous quirky little ideas, but overall there are two lame stereotypes for every good and fresh idea. Most disappointing is the double climax letdown. The 'grudge' storyline is extremely well built up with lots of suspense but ends with a whimper instead of a bang. The climax of the 'kid' storyline is muddled as well, but does offer a nice full circle resolution to one aspect of the story and features an interesting cliffhanger.

Overall, the shortcomings are (just slightly) outweighed by a fresh, different and decidedly un-Hollywood take on fantasy movie standards. This is an interesting and worthy effort, though strictly for fans of the fantasy/mystery genre.

6/10


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