Written & Directed bv Timur Bekmambetov
Starring: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Vladimir Menshov, Mariya Poroshina
A fantasy-thriller set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle.
Night Watch is a bad ass movie. It feels a little like Underworld, but without the moronic martial arts. It’s nice to see the Russian filmmaker, Bekmambetov, likes his horror served on an epic scope. I felt like it reminded me of something the entire time I was watching, and it was Brian Lumley’s phenomenal book, Necroscope. If only Necroscope had a film.
The forces of dark and light met an impasse on the battlefield 1000 years ago. Neither side found an advantage. so they struck a truce. To enforce the treaty, both a Night Watch and Day Watch had to be created. The Night Watch track down and punish the supernatural crimes the world over. The rogue witches, vampires, and shape shifters must pay for their crimes, and in turn, introduces our protagonist, Anton, a man willing to pay a witch for her help. Anton’s unusually dark request leads a Night Watch team to the crone’s apartment, where we see our first glimpse of The Twilight, or The Gloom, as they call it. The Gloom is a many layered realm of darkness that absorbs all life and good from its travelers. The Day Watch move freely within it, making for some intense chase scenes when the qualified Night Watch members enter the darkness.
Night Watch is starkly different fantasy-horror film that knows its strengths. The filmmakers rely on CG just enough to make it supernaturally believable, accenting the film instead of drowning it. The ancient take on good and evil rules, and deserves the depth of characters presented in the film. The film boils down to personal choices and pettiness, something even the supernatural can’t defeat. Add this to your Netflix account in time for Halloween. Night Watch is a wonderfully creative and unique vision of global horror. Plus, shit filmed in Russia is just extra creepy.