Anton (Konstantin Khabensky) finds himself in the middle of a mythic conflict between the forces of Light and Dark in this sequel to Night Watch, the surprise 2004 hit from Russia. To protect his son, who has come under the control of the dark side, Anton must seek an ancient artifact. But the powerful relic threatens to upset the uneasy peace between the two sides and puts Moscow at risk for a devastating cataclysm in this supernatural thriller.
|Konstantin Khabensky||Vladimir Menshov|
|Mariya Poroshina||Viktor Verzbitsky|
|Galina Tyunina||Aleksei Chadov|
|Yegor Dronov||Zhanna Friske|
THE AV REVIEW:
You can’t fully understand the meanings of the concluding chapters of “Day Watch” without seeing some of the episodes in the predecessor.
In “Day Watch” there are so many things going on – vampires, sorcery, etc – plus so many characters – some interesting, others just dull. There are also “Chalk of Destiny,” an impending war between the forces of Darkness and Light, and a very campy shower scene. Whatever you have seen in the preceding “Night Watch” such as the father-son theme between Anton (Konstantin Khabensky) and his son Yegor, is almost forgotten or takes a different turn in the second film.
What you see here instead is a series of loosely connected episodes. So Anton is now seen training a young intrepid partner (Mariya Poroshina), but Anton is accused of what he didn’t do and next we are told that his son is “Great Dark One” and there is also “Great Light One” and … in short, the overwritten script is simply a mess.
Still you can enjoy the film for what it is, a Russian dark fantasy with many imaginative and entertaining set-pieces. The director Timur Bekmambetov certainly has great visual style and the film’s playful subtitles are also unique and interesting to see. I sincerely wish that he uses more coherent storyline for the third installment.
The Blu-Ray is a great release. Throwing on amazing A/V Quality and decent special features, FOX has really stepped up. The only thing that hurts the package is the lackluster film. The first movie bored me, the second film let me down. I want something more than a confusing mess. Oh well, until the next one. This is a rental.