Day Watch (2006)
Day Watch Plot Synopsis:Anton belongs to the Forces of the Light as do his powerful girlfriend and apprentice, but his son is a powerful teenager from the Darkness and Anton protects him. When the balance between Light and Darkness is affected by the death of some evil vampires, Anton is framed and accused of the murders, and he chases an ancient chalk that has the power of changing the destiny of its owner.
Day Watch (2006) Review
Day Watch (2006) is a rated R 2h 12 min Russian dark fantasy action thriller film that is also known as Night Watch 2: The Chalk of Fate (2006) and is the sequel to Night Watch (2004) film. Day Watch was based on the second and the third part of The Night Watch novel by Sergey Lukyanenko. The movie had an estimated budget of $4 million and grossed over $38 million in the box offices. There were about 800 visual effects shots that were done by about 20 visual effects vendors. The film was shot in Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, and in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Director and writer Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted (2008), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012), Night Watch (2004)) did a phenomenal job executing this terrific movie that was astonishing in many ways. Day Watch is a cult film that contains suspense, powerful graphic images, bloody violence, gore, brief sexual content, epic battle scenes, sitting on the edge of your seat moments, a lot of twist and vampires.
The negative is that Day Watch does not recap/synopsis on what happened in Night Watch so it is recommended for viewers to watch Night Watch (2004) before watching this film or you might be terribly lost. You will most likely not know who the characters are and will be lost when Day Watch refers to past events. With that said, this review contains spoilers from Night Watch.
Day Watch takes place on New Year’s Day of 2006 which is about more than a year after the events in Night Watch. The movie begins with a flashback explaining the history about the battle between the forces of Dark and Light.
Tamerlan (Emir Baygazin) is a legendary warrior in Northern Iran that is devising a plan on how to get the Chalk of Fate. The Chalk allows its possessor to rewrite his/her history, change events and also bring the dead back to life which is something that Tamerlan needs/wants. Switch to present day where Anton (Konstantin Khabenskiy - Night Watch (2004), Wanted (2008), World War Z (2013)) and Svetlana are working in the Night Watch. Anton is training Svetlana (Mariya Poroshina - Night Watch (2004), Nachat snachala. Marta (2008), Polnolunie (2005)) and it did not take long for them to become attracted to each other.
Their feelings for each other has no choice but to take a back seat because they have to find a rogue Dark Other who is sucking out the elderlies life force by inserting needles into their backs. Svetlana chases the assailant into the Gloom although Anton warned her earlier that she is not experienced enough which leads to impressive visuals while Anton rescues her from the Gloom. The movie escalates to an incredible journey that many fans will enjoy.
I love the scene where Olga (Galina Tyunina) transforms into Anton which to me was almost perfect when considering her mannerisms, posture, expressions and a female being transformed into a man. Galina gave us a master performance as she adapted to each character without distress. All of the actors gave us outstanding performances, but Konstantin Khabenskiy gave us the best performance. The music score flowed well with the movie.
Day Watch’s tone was lighter than Night Watch, and that may be because of the humor is thrown in throughout the film. Cinematographer, Sergei Trofimov deserves a round of applause for doing a spectacular job as well Dmitriy Kiselev for editing the movie flawlessly. There were some cheesy moments in the film, but the twists, creative action scenes, and suspense were enough to keep us from dwelling on the cheesy moments.
- Day Watch Rating Scores
- Our Score: 8
- Overall Score: 6.85
- IMDB: 6.5
- MetaCritic: 5.9
- Rotten Tomatoes: 6.3
About Day Watch 2006
AKA: Dnevnoy dozor
Runtime: 132 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action, Fantasy
Total Avg. Votes: 31,767
Day Watch Writers: Timur Bekmambetov, Sergey Lukyanenko, Alexander Talal
Day Watch Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Box Office: $428,837
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures