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Night Watch (2004)

Nochnoy dozor (original title)
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A fantasy-thriller set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle.

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Mat Egora
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Egor (as Dima Martynov)
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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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

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Fantasy | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Guardianes de la noche  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,487,477 (USA) (28 April 2006)
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Trivia

In the final book of the series, "Last Watch", first Semyon, then Yegor reference some noticeable events of this movie, having seen them in their dreams, and Anton tells them dreams are sometimes messages from parallel worlds. This might explain all the differences between the "Watch" movies and the "Watch" books. See more »

Goofs

There is a shot of the damaged jetliner flying towards the vortex, viewed from behind. There are four distinct exhaust plumes from the four jet engines, despite the fact that one of the port engines was supposed to have been earlier destroyed by striking a crow. See more »

Quotes

[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 end credits are accompanied by a clip show of the movie in fast speed. The clip show is timed to the Russian end credits song "Nochnoi Dozor" by the band UmaTurman and corresponds with its lyrics. In the international version, the song has been replaced, however, the clip show is still the same. See more »

Connections

Featured in Kak snimalsya 'Nochnoy dozor' (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Moskovskiye okna
("The Windows of Moscow")
Music by Tikhon Khrennikov
Lyrics by Mikhail Matusovsky (as M.L. Matusovsky)
Performed by Mikhail Novokhizhin (uncredited)
Featured in scenes which are only in the original Channel One Russia release: when Ignat dances with Sveta and when a husband and wife are talking on the plane
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Excellent movie about the struggle between light and darkness
26 August 2004 | by (Salt Lake City, UT) – See all my reviews

A thousand years ago two forces met on the battle field, the warriors of light and the army of darkness. As the battle raged, the two forces proved to be exactly balanced, and so a decision was made maintain that balance and the two sides came to an agreement that neither side would breach. And to enforce the agreement two watches were formed: the Day Watch and the Night Watch. The Night Watch is composed of the forces of good who work keep the forces of evil from breaching the agreement and vice versa. The watches continue today... Warriors of virtue (some are shape changers, others have less definable talents) who fight against rogue vampires, witches, etc. Both sides are usually invisible to normal people unless they choose to be seen, except for a few "others" who can see and interact with the immortals. And therein lies the instability, because the "others" also have the potential to become immortals and they can go toward either side. Plus, there is a prophecy of a "Great One" who will shift the balance, plunging the world into an era of light or darkness.

Great action, good use of CGI and practical effects. Excellent soundtrack. It reminded me quite a bit of Jeunet's directional style (CITY OF LOST CHILDREN), but more than anything the movie reminded me of the recent Bollywood sci-fi actioner RUDRAKSCH.

This one is definitely recommended if you are tired of the same old Hollywood formula crap. Especially if you are a fan of Horror/Action with a dash of Sci-Fi.


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