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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
Aleksey Maklakov ...
Aleksandr Samoylenko ...
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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.

Genres:

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

The name of the motor ship appearing at the beginning of the film is M-43 (M stands for Moskvich class). The song playing on the ship is a Russian hit of the late 1980s, called "Na teplokhode muzyka igrayet" ("Music is Playing on the Motor Ship"). See more »

Goofs

The Second time we see Yegor watching 'Buffy' on TV the shot shows one scene as he stops in front of the TV. He then turns and the reverse shot shows a different scene on the TV but the audio has continued from the original scene, a lot earlier in the episode. 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

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Soundtracks

Vsyo budet khorosho
("Everything Will Be OK")
Music and lyrics by Sergey Shnurov
Performed by Leningrad
Heard from Kostya's apartment when Anton comes to him
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User Reviews

No masterpiece, but quite entertaining and imaginative
7 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie quite a lot; if you are into Jeunet-type fantasy, I would recommend that you see it. Overall, I would give it a rating of 7 out of 10. The reason for the Jeunet comparison (e.g. Delicatessen, City of Lost Children) is that it has the same dark antiutopian/surrealistic ambiance to it, and is very imaginative. It is also very elaborate in its style, which lends most of the appeal to the movie. This being said, the biggest disappointment of the movie is the plot, which is overly straightforward and simple-minded, but at least it does not devolve into some technical meaningless psycho-babble as many Hollywood fantasy movies do, and maintains its fairy-tale quality.

It is unfortunate that modern Russian cinematography seems to be chasing the success of Hollywood (which is ironic, given the country's negative attitude towards US in general and Hollywood in particular), but this movie benefits from Hollywood-style special effects, and is free of annoying clichés (unlike the atrociously pretentious "Barber of Siberia" - another recent style-heavy Russian blockbuster; sorry Mikhalkov).

To sum up, this movie is quite original, imaginative, stylish and at times visually stunning, which in my book constitutes success, but don't expect any depth of ideas.


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