Day Watch

Review by Steven Rea
Published August 23, 2008

In Day Watch, Timur Bekmambetov's wild and woolly sequel to his 2004 amok-in-Moscow vampire thriller, Night Watch, the forces of light and the forces of darkness are at it again.

Which means that major traffic arteries are clogged, human blood is being sucked, and a panoply of weirdos, sinister and not, careen around, crashing through apartment doors and occasionally through tiers of time and space. One dimension is even called the Second Level of Gloom.

It's not terribly easy to follow - after all, Good and Evil have been at it for centuries. There's history to recap, there are conflicts to resolve, personal vendettas that need to be resolved.

Day Watch focuses on Anton Gorodensky (Konstantin Khabensky), one of the paranormal, quasi-police Light Others who chases around trying to thwart the Dark Others and thus keep the world in equilibrium.

Anton is training a new recruit, Svetlana (Maria Poroshina), who happens to have more supernatural chops than your average Other. Answering a 911 call, Svetlana discovers that there's a new terror on the block: a 12-year-old kid (Dima Martinov). The irony: this malevolent pipsqueak is Anton's son, who was almost murdered by his father in the first installment of the Watch trilogy. (Dusk Watch, the final entry, is expected in a year or so.) It's an infanticidal revenge story.

Rife with roller-coaster chases and gender-switching body-swaps, Day Watch deploys head-spinning cinematography and cool special effects. It's a trippy affair, even if it's just about impossible to track.

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From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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