In an age of Gladiators, the power that was Rome held its empire together with the might of its armies, the sweat and tears of its conquests, and the cheers and bloodlust of its citizens - ... See full summary »
Vampires and witches in the modern world. Has a complete new spin on the concept. Dark Ones and Light Ones (sort of like in Constantine) battle it out while the light try to maintain a ... See full synopsis »
Anton belongs to the Forces of the Light as well as his powerful girlfriend and apprentice, but his son is a powerful teenager from the Darkness and Anton protects him. When the balance between Light and Darkness is affected by the death of some evil vampires, Anton is framed and accused of the murders, and he chases an ancient chalk that has the power of changing the destiny of its owner. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Surpassed 9th Company (2005) in January 2006 to become the highest-grossing movie in post-communist Russia. See more »
When Anton and Olga take off to Samarqand, the plane flies off, touching some trees with its fuselage. The pilots retract the landing gears which are shown retracting. In the next wide shot, the plane still has the landing gears out. See more »
Why does the wind come? To cover tracks where we have passed... so no one thinks we are still alive. It was long ago and no one can remember now how the Warriors of Light and the Warriors of Darkness clashed on the Bridge of Justice... how blood was spilled... how the great Jassar's heart could not bear it and he stopped the battle. But once, when the night is longer than the day, a new Great One will come and the world will be plunged into darkness. And nothing can save it, except...
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The credits for the actors which appear at the beginning of the movie, are shown as street advertising reflecting on the car window shield. See more »
Music by Waclaw Swiecicki (as W. Swiecicki)
Lyrics by Gleb Krzhizhanovsky (as G. Krzhizhanovsky)
Performed by Konstantin Khabenskiy (uncredited)
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Very good; shame a lot of references will be lost on Western audiences
Well, I watched Day Watch with my American girlfriend in a St. Petersburg cinema a few hours ago, and we both enjoyed it. The relatively huge success of of the first episode obviously allowed the producers to pump more cash into this second installment, and it shows throughout the film. The CG sequences are slicker and more impressive, and so is pretty much everything else, including the consistently confident directing. Even the fact that the premise is so annoyingly weak doesn't spoil the fun as much as it did in the first film.
As a Russian though, the thing I liked best was the unmistakable Russian-ness of the movie. As far as film-making is concerned, I don't normally mean that as a compliment, but with Day Watch it is different. While it can definitely appeal to a wider international audience (my girlfriend, albeit a bit of a Russophile, is an indication of that), it is at the same time literally packed with all sorts of clever wordplay and references to various realities of Russian life, ranging from political satire to hilariously blatant product placement.
Even though I can enjoy a less obnoxious art-house film every now and then, on the whole I prefer clever commercial movies, and Day Watch falls into that category very neatly.
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