Night Watch [DVD]
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For as long as humanity has existed, there have been 'Others' among us: Witches, Vampires and Shape-Shifters who are soldiers in the eternal war between Light and Dark. Light Others protect mankind from Dark Others, who plague and torture humans. For over 1000 years a truce has existed, upheld by underground forces: the soldiers of the Light (NightWatch) and the soldiers of the Dark (DayWatch). Ancient prophecy foretells that one day the Great One will arrive and end the threat of an apocalyptic battle between Light and Dark Others. That day has come, and somewhere in Moscow a Nightwatch team race to find and protect the Great One from the DayWatch vampires who seek to plunge the world into darkness. Whoever reaches the Great One first will hold the balance of power in their hands and control the fate of humanity.
Lord of the Rings and The Matrix have a true successor... the bar has been truly raised... extraordinary filmmaking -- Danny Boyle
Nightwatch is an epic of extraordinary power -- Quentin Tarantino
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Basic plot: there's a big battle going on in Moscow between the Light and Dark Others, who are basically sorcerers, vampires and the like. Our hero, Anton, is a Light Other, and a member of the Night Watch, who keep an eye on the Dark Others. There is an uneasy truce between them. But, of course, there is a prophecy of the coming of a 'Great Other', and whichever side he chooses will triumph in the war.
This film broke all box office records back in Russia, surpassing Lord of the Rings and the Spiderman films, and a sequel is already in production. And I can see why - after all the big-budget formula films coming out at the moment, it's great to have a film which has an entirely unique tone and, despite being a fantasy film, feels so gritty and real.
The film is full to bursting with different stories, elements and characters - so much that it's pretty much impossible to understand it all. At the beginning you see a doll's head on spider legs attacking someone - it's there for a few seconds, and then it's gone. We never find out about it. If that puts you off, well, it happens a lot.
However, I thought this film was great. I liked the fact that the world was so busy and detailed and you didn't see much of anything - it increased the realism of the world it was depicting. Sort of like the Silmarillion for Lord of the Rings compressed into the same film, but with less confusing names.Read more ›
"The truce must not be broken. . ." An ancient battle, set to decide the rest of human history, between both sides of the Others, took place many generations ago. With each death, the General of Light wept, and the Commander of Dark screamed. With each army matching their rivals in every form of combat and inner strength, the opposing enemies halted the battle to form a truce to spare the lives of many men. Guardians of the truce were sent to prevent both sides from committing sins on the innocents, and each other. The Light Others brought forward the Night Watch, and the Dark Others, Light Watch. The truce will only be broken when one day, as a prophesy dictates, a chosen one will have the burden of deciding the fate for all of the human race. Which will it be Light, or Dark?
The movie centres on Anton, a Night Watch solider with an dark past, as he bares witness to the beginning, of what could be, the end. We join him on a mission to hunt down a viscous vampire who has broken the truce by feeding on an innocent. On his journey he discovers that an innocent child involved in the crime will decide the fate of the truce. There is definitely enough material to fit into three films, with a deep back story based around the two central characters, a exploding mythology of vampires and religion and main plot of the path of the chosen one. However, this series is on the verge of being too over complex for general audiences.Read more ›
Despite the fantastical premise, do not expect this to be a glossy, action-packed, overblown, live-action cartoon. The atmosphere is dark and very grim. The violence and content are unflinching and the whole thing plays out more like a deep, epic horror movie rather than your usual fantasy fare.
That said, the special effects are stunning, with even the sub-titles being incorperated into the cinematography!
It's also important to pay attention as the characters and sub-plots are numerous, but important, not only to this, but also (I imagine) to the rest of the trilogy (yes, TRILOGY).
The epic scale of this movie will (at least in part) be lost on the small-screen but, this movie being as complex as it is, the depth of the story will be far more accessible with subsiquent viewings. And I, for one, will certainly be watching this again!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
something a bit different for your apocalyptic movie viewing needs. Very cool. The protagonist is a dude (i.e. a 'cool dude', rather than just an actor with a Y chromosome).Published 4 months ago by I. Ezra Macdonald
Firstly it's a US import which I didn't notice, meaning I had to use 2 of my laptop's DVD region resets to watch it (swapping it back and forth). Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sal Ersan
Fans of this Russian horrorfest should note that the American BLU RAY on 20th Century Fox is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mark Barry
This is an original and strange but quite interesting Russian supernatural thriller. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS. Read morePublished on 22 Nov. 2013 by Maciej
I see myself as an amateur of fantasy who is willing to disregard a lot of beauty mistakes for a compelling story.
However, this movie is chaotic. Read more
The Nightwatch series manages to combine full octane explosive entertainment with a genuinely unique take on the traditional Gothic tropes. Read morePublished on 16 July 2010 by Mr. Benjamin Moderate
Night Watch had great potential - the concept is an intriguing and original take on the whole supernatural good vs evil thing. Read morePublished on 21 Jun. 2010 by Jango