Night Watch (2006) Movie Review

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Night Watch (2006)

2006 | R | Horror, Thriller, Action, Fantasy
114 minutes / 1h 54min

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Night Watch Plot Synopsis:

Among normal humans live the "Others" possessing various supernatural powers. They are divided up into the forces of light and the forces of the dark, who signed a truce several centuries ago to end a devastating battle. Ever since, the forces of light govern the day while the night belongs to their dark opponents. In modern day Moscow the dark Others actually roam the night as vampires while a "Night Watch" of light forces, among them Anton, the movie's protagonist, try to control them and limit their outrage.

Night Watch (2006) Review

Night Watch (2004) is directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted (2008), Day Watch (2006)) and is a fantasy thriller film set in Moscow. This film has an estimated movie budget of $4.2 million, and it shows in some of the costume designs and visual effects.

Night Watch revolves around Anton (Konstantin Khabenskiy) who joins a group of agents who keep the dark "Others" with supernatural powers in a kind of equilibrium. A balance must always remain between the Day Watch and the Night Watch, that is how they refer to keeping the balance between the two parties similar to the Ying and Yang.

Night Watch features some amazing visual effects and costume designs with an interesting story that tries to blend action and lore. The action and lore combine well, but towards the end of the film, it becomes a little tedious and feels like it was overdrawn out. The surprising twist felt like it should have been over with a few minutes before the ending. I would have liked to have seen a little more of the lore in the time instead. I would have given this film a high six but rounded it up to seven instead.

  • Night Watch Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.42
  • IMDB: 6.5
  • MetaCritic: 5.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.0

About Night Watch 2006

Title: Night Watch
AKA: Nochnoy dozor
Year: 2006
Runtime: 114 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action, Fantasy
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.21/5 stars from 50,009 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 50,009
MPAA Rating: R
Night Watch Cast Starring: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Yuriy Kutsenko, Rimma Markova, Anna Slyu, Viktor Ivanov, Igor Lifanov, Mariya Mironova, Anna Dubrovskaya, Mariya Poroshina, Ekaterina Malikova, Vladimir Menshov, Igor Savochkin, Galina Tyunina, Aleksey Neklyudov, Viktor Verzhbitskiy, Stepan Starchikov, Zhanna Friske, Dmitriy Martynov, Valeriy Zolotukhin, Aleksey Chadov, Aleksey Maklakov, Aleksandr Samoylenko, Georgiy Dronov, Nikolay Olyalin, Aleksandr Shchurok, Igor Gasparyan, Nikolay Kiselev, Yuliya Kovalchuk, Marina Ivanova, Oleg Mokshantsev
Night Watch Writers: Timur Bekmambetov, Laeta Kalogridis, Sergey Lukyanenko
Night Watch Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Box Office: $1,350,726
Production: Fox Searchlight
Language: Russian, German
Country: Russia