I just watched the “Night Watch” last week after nine years of its release. This is a saga of dark supernatural forces taking over the world in modern-day Moscow. This film is a Trilogy, takes us to the fantastic journey into a world of “Others”, people with supernatural powers, of either the Dark of Light side. The first film mostly introduces us to the world, the rules, and the major characters, but still is highly enjoyable on its own and probably the best film to come out of Russia in a long time (haven’t seen much of Russian cinema).
Going by the art of movie making, this has an immense visual effects, Matrix-style action and particularly bloodthirsty vampires, Russian sci-fi flick “Night Watch” has made Timur Bekmambetov as an international director to watch out for…
This feature film made in Russia was highest grosser to date, and also the most expensive movie ever made in Russia. Just looking at the cinema business; Russia’s has only about 400 movie theaters with just one screen, plus a few multiplexes, compared with the thousands of screens in the United States, Europe & Asia; and films do not reach all the screens they could. With ”Night Watch,” said Konstantin Ernst, the film’s producer, ”for the first time, we made sure to send out copies for distribution all over the Russia.” This has been a tremendous milestone for the big film makers in Russia and in last 9 years- Russian films are leaping forward with content mix of art house and main stream.
Why this movie is acclaimed popular? It’s a pure sci-fi and the characters role between the Blade runner, Matrix or for that matter Frankenstein’s of the world….The genius in Timur Bekmambetov has arrived and screens with a bang thanks to this frantic, dark twist on the action movie. It seems that the world is still peopled with witches, werewolves, vampires and the rest – but they are divided into Light and Dark Others, battling it out for supremacy, and the souls of new, emerging of others, on the streets of Russia’s capital.
Extraordinary visuals, dazzling subtitle design and a plot that just makes sense, this is the most visually imaginative superhero movie of the last decade.
Even the likes of Christopher Nolan took his inspiration for the Dark Knight truck flip!! This Russian director Bekmambetov and Sergei Bodrov, who just completed shooting on Warner Bros adventure epic The Seventh Son, are in demand in Hollywood now and as far as Awards, the film was awarded Russian Golden Eagle for Best Sound.
Direction: Timur Bekmambetov; Produced by: Konstantin Ernst & Anatoli Maksimov; Screenplay: Timur Bekmambetov & Sergei Lukyanenko; Based on The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko; Cast: Konstantin Khabensky, Vladimir Menshov, Valeri Zolotukhin, Mariya Poroshina & Galina Tyunina; Music : Yuri Poteyenko & Cinematography: Sergey Tromifov