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Night Watch
I've just been to see Night Watch.
It's a very cool film, and it's not going to do as well as it should, because it's Russian (and mostly in Russian, too).

That said, it's really nicely done. A nice tight storyline, some beautiful camera work, and some surprisingly well meshed special effects given the 4million budget.

The concept is a fairly simple (dare I say 'cliche') - the forces of light and dark have been fighting for yonks.
They declare a truce. The Nightwatch is the Light, watching the Dark behave, and vice versa. There are the 'Others' which are real people, but with special powers, spontaeously discovered. The basis of the Truce is that all the 'Others' have to choose.

It does have a measure of confusion at the start, as you have to work a little to figure out what's going on. But it does all mesh as the film goes on.

Anton (our lead character) is beautifully done, and well acted. My only minor grumble is that some of the minor characters didn't get as much depth and development as they deserved.

Oh, and the bad guy was really nicely done. Sort of reminiscent of Rutgar Hauer in Blade runner.

Really well worth seeing, but requires brain enabled. If nothing else to keep track of the subtitles.
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paulbroz From: paulbroz Date: October 13th, 2005 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
hmm knew there was something esle to see after Serenity, as long as it's Rutgar Hauer in Bladerunner and not Rutgar Hauer in Buffy The Vampire Slayer it'll all be good
From: apostle13 Date: October 14th, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seconded. Nochnoy dozor / Night Watch is well worth seeing.
Besides Zvalun / Zavulon (the truly superb bad guy) and all the other notable good points, this film has a particularly satisfying ending, in my opinion.
This ending would probably never have been allowed in a stock Hollywood film; thankfully this is a Russian film with a very Russian ending. More than that I dare not say - go see it for yourself!

And if you go see it again, and want to be a bit of a sad geek, there are at least half a dozen continuity errors to look out for (none of which hamper the film in the slightest, as far as I'm concerned).

For those who have seen it and enjoyed it, I hear rumours of a Dnevnoy dozor in the works. They may choose to translate this as Day Watch, Day Patrol, or (most probably) just go with Night Watch 2.
Either way, the important thing is that Viktor Verzhbitsky (Zvalun) is in it. Anything else is now just a bonus, as far as I'm concerned!
I think it's in post-production at the moment (hell, a third one is in pre-production too, apparently) - let's just hope things keep form, and don't go all "Matrix" trilogy on us, else I might end up a little disappointed (and even more bitter and cynical than I am now, if such a thing is possible).
mcnazgul From: mcnazgul Date: October 14th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
The series that the movies come from is a three parter... so a trilogy would make sense and is mentioned on the official site. It would be a shame if it did go Matrix, though with the author on the production team, things would be going very south if he disowned the next two.

If you read Russian, you can go to the author's site and download the first two books. Or you can pre-order the first on Amazon...

Looks class - is on the list.
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