Day Watch (2007)

Konstantin Khabensky, Aleksei Chadov, Yuri Kutsenko, Igor Lifanov, Sergei Lukyanenko, Rimma Markova, Vladimir Menshov, Nikolai Olyalin, Mariya Poroshina, Galina Tyunina, Viktor Verzhbitsky, Valeri Zolotukhin
Director: Timur Bekmambetov

U.S. Opening Date: 1 June 2007

They say

Featuring the cinematic vision of cutting-edge Director/Writer Timur Bekmambetov, Day Watch (Dnevnoi Dozor) is the second installment of a trilogy based on the best-selling sci-fi novels of Sergei Lukyanenko entitled Night Watch, Day Watch and Dusk Watch. A dazzling mix of state-of-the-art visual effects, amazing action sequences, and nail-biting horror, when Night Watch was released in its native Russia in July 2004, it became an instant smash hit breaking all film gross records in post-Soviet history. Set in contemporary Moscow, Day Watch revolves around the conflict and balance maintained between the forces of light and darkness — the result of a medieval truce between the opposing sides.

We say

Night Watch was the little Russian movie that could. It showed that someone outside of Hollywood can also make the sort of special effects-laden fantasy flick they specialized in, and imbue it with a certain grittiness that Hollywood can never manage. And now – with the help of some Hollywood capital is the sequel: bigger budget and apparently the film were also specially filmed in English for the lucrative U.S. box office. Will these things mean that Day Watch will lose the very grittiness that made the original more memorable than let’s say The Covenant or Van Helsing? We can only hope but we’d be first in queue to find out in any case . . .




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