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Night Watch

A movie directed by Timbor Bekmambetov

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Best film I've seen this year yet

  • Aug 17, 2006
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Night Watch is a refreshing take on the good versus evil battle, without yawning anthologies and preaching as its concise, to the point and draws the watcher in and doesn't let go unless some scenes are so obscure that you need to pause the TV and sit there and ponder the images that seared the brain. It's part one of a grand trilogy taking place in modern Moscow, unknown's to the humans there, a breeding ground for shape shifters who can turn into bears and tigers, vampires, sinister cursed characters who tangle innocent people into the never ending battle between the lines of good and evil.

The story starts off with a young man Anton, who visits an extremely creepy old woman in a red suit, who tells him that his wife is having an affair and that she bears a child that isn't his. Crimes of lust and passion aren't new but this take on them is quite extraordinary as he pays the witch to get the woman back and to abort the child. While she falls into a demon like trance he changes his mind and something weird happens as he sees invisible forces holding her down as she tries to slap her hands together to kill his child. He realizes that the traumatic experience in her house changes him forever, as the world is still weird and unchanged, but now visible to him in its pure and ancient form. From a visual view the movie is a work of art; a cinematic achievement that kept me bewildered and pondering each scene, as the most incredible things crept and crawled through it. Plastic dolls that grew legs of a spider, vortex of black crows circling over a building where a doomed and cursed woman lived, as everything she touched died and her role in this movie. Powerful warriors who pulled swords form the spinal cords and who fought battles against light wielding Others who believed in good, moving through a dark mist called the Gloom. It paralyzed its pray from inside out, sucking blood out of its veins through mosquitoes and hordes of warriors in their mythical costumes, with winged helmets battling on the bridge in Moscow but in a different universe unseen by regular humans.

There is a tale of a special Other, a person who will tip the scales, as Anton gets involved he releases that the person who will influence man kind forever is tied to him and his past, and he must travel though obstacles greater than human mind can bear to get to the vortex and its final resolution. The images and fantasy in this movie were spellbinding and so well though out as the story was captivating and entertaining and certainly wild!

The movie was superb, every angle and screen shot was perfect and amazing, the flying and fighting, the mystery and the creatures fed my eyes for two hours as I am impatiently awaiting the second installment of this amazing fairy tale like movie. In a nutshell this movie is about Anton and his group of fellow strange creatures who look like harmless humans who keep tabs on the evil ones, who try to trick the good side to commit crimes so great, that the best of the good ones will switch sides. It's a movie on a grand scale with a huge story but it is a marvel to watch and I can't recommend it enough.

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review by . June 16, 2008
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review by . December 26, 2007
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review by . July 27, 2006
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review by . June 20, 2006
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Night Watchis that rare film that--likeThe Matrix--is not only visually dazzling but creates an intriguing, seductive, and thrilling alternative world. A young man named Anton, after dabbling in black magic to bring back the wife who left him, discovers that the world is populated by fantastical Others (vampires, shape-shifters, witches, and more) who have chosen sides--Light or Dark--in an epic battle. A truce has been declared; both sides watch the other to ensure the truce is maintained. But a prophecy has predicted that a powerful Other will tilt the balance, and Anton--who is himself an Other--finds himself crucial to the prophecy's fulfillment. There's no question thatNight Watchhas weaknesses. Numerous plot holes get glossed over by pell-mell pacing, the visual conception of the apocalyptic battle between Light and Dark is curiously pedestrian (a bunch of knights fighting a bunch of guys in fur with swords--what happened to their various powers?), and more--but, much like similar problems withThe Matrix, it doesn't matter.

The alternative world Night Watch presents is so rich with possibilities that it takes on a life of its own, both as an imaginative universe and as a vivid metaphor for the moral complexities of our own lives--for example, though the forces of Light claim to be good, their often brutal actions call their virtue into question, and the forces of Dark make some compelling moral arguments on the topic. The movie is so overstuffed with ideas ...

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Director: Timbor Bekmambetov
Genre: Foreign
Release Date: 2005
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: June 20, 2006
Runtime: 1hr 45min
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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