Day Watch (Dnevnoy Dozor) (15)

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Review byMatthew Turner03/10/2007

Three out of Five stars
Running time: 132 mins

Impressively directed with superb special effects, this is an action-packed fantasy flick that's actually more fun than the first film.

What's it all about?
Russian director Timur Bekmambetov returns with a sequel to his 2004 fantasy epic, Night Watch, based on the trilogy by Sergei Lukyanenko. It picks up where the first film left off, with Night Watch officer Anton (Konstantin Khabensky) feeling conflicted after his son Yegor (Dima Martynov) joins the forces of Darkness.

However, things are about to get a lot worse for Anton, because it turns out that both his son and his new protege Sveta (Mariya Poroshina) are the prophesised Great Others, meaning that if they clash, the centuries-old truce between Light and Dark will be destroyed and the world will be plunged into all-out war.

The Good
Day Watch and Night Watch were filmed more or less back-to-back, so it's no surprise that Bekmambetov's flashy directorial style hasn't changed from the first film. Day Watch also employs the same witty approach to subtitling, with subtitles getting caught in crossfire and splattered against the wall, amongst other things.

Bekmambetov also orchestrates some terrific action scenes, such as a car driving along the side of a building or a protracted battle in a hotel room. The effects work is excellent too, creating the pulpy, stylish atmosphere of a graphic novel.

The Great
Despite the fact that it's the middle chapter of a trilogy, the plot is relatively simple to understand and Day Watch is actually more enjoyable than Night Watch as a result. There's also a welcome streak of dark humour (such as Anton body-swapping with a female colleague to go into hiding) that was largely absent from the first movie.

Worth seeing?
If you enjoyed Night Watch then you won't be disappointed with Day Watch, as it's a stylish fantasy flick with superb action sequences and a witty script. Here's hoping Bekmambetov gets to complete the trilogy with Dusk Watch.

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