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Day Watch

ay Watch is the second installment of Timur Bekmambetov’s trilogy based off of the books of Sergei Lukyanenko. Day Watch picks up where Night Watch left off with the story of the light ones versus the dark ones, or basically, good versus evil. According to the story, good and evil arranged a truce a long time ago and are constantly watching each other to make sure this truce is not broken.

The story mainly follows Anton Gorodetsky (Konstantin Khabensky) who is part of the night watch, or one of the light ones who watches over the dark ones. He is training a Great Other, Svetlana (Maria Poroshina) who is the only Great Other for the light ones, and at the same time, Anton’s son (Dima Martynov) is the only Great Other for the dark ones. Anton is struggling between his love for his son and Svetlana, who must never fight each other or the truce would be broken and war would ensue. Anton secretly hides the murders of his son, but in the process becomes implicated in two murders and might go to the Inquisition which handles light and dark ones breaking the truce. He escapes and tries to find the only thing which he believes can save him, the Chalk of fate.

These movies are probably the best movies to come out of Russia in a long time, but then again when was the last time you saw a Russian movie get released in the US? Day Watch is in English subtitles, but they are used very successfully and in very unique ways at times. For example at one point a butcher throws a piece of meat at the wall while saying b***h, but instead of putting it on the bottom of the screen where most people would miss it due to watching the meat fly across the screen, the word came out of the meat like blood splatter and disappeared. Not all subtitles in the movie were as creative as that, but they were generally well placed on the screen and kept from being distractive.

Overall, Day Watch is a well made movie that lacks only in some plot elements. It has a good amount of action to keep you entertained while trying to figure out what each of the characters is going to do next. Every character in this movie has their own motives and therefore can’t be expected to always act completely in the interests of light or dark. The ending of this movie is where Day Watch lacks the most. The ending seems too easy. I won’t go into too many details to avoid any spoilers, but I will say that since there is another movie coming to wrap up this series, I am not too disappointed with the ending. I am more intrigued for how the next movie will pickup from where this one left off.

Review by Patrick Hodges