I'm not really a fan of stars taking on new accents unless it's done really well, I think you could still hear the Scottish in Ewan's voice, apart from that, I enjoyed his performance.
The story seems to inflate to an unweildly size, but this is often a symptom of a movie taken from a book. Thankfully, this sense of sprawl manages to give a sense of depth, and not a sense of unexamined and cursory detail.
A dose of originality in a genre which usually accepts tried-and-true formulae.
A law student takes a new night watchman position at a mortuary. Unfortunately for him, a new serial killer arrives that increases the activity in the area. He accidentally begins traveling in the same circle as the killer when his friend befriends a prostitute that may have a connection to the killer. The watchman may find himself as a target of the killer.
"Have you ever been killed before?"
Ole Bornedal, director of The Substitute, The Possession, Deliver us from Evil, Just Another Love Story, and episodes from the television series 1864, delivers Nightwatch. The storyline for this picture is entertaining and fun to watch unfold. The acting was very solid and the cast includes Ewan McGregor, Nick Nolte, Josh Brolin, and Patrcia Arquette.
"Do something or I'll take your girlfriend's eyes."
I came across this on Netflix and had to watch it. I had never heard of this movie and found it worth a viewing. There were some awkward moments that I think could have been better executed; however, I do recommend seeing this once.
"You fucked a prostitute?"
Not exactly what I was expecting to see.
The Story: A young man takes a job in a medical examiners building as a night watchmen, and is framed with for the death of several prostitutes. It's a decent who-done-it, but it's a little cliche and at times predictable, I blame a weak script. It looks good, it's got a good eerie style and some good cinematography, and it even moves at a pretty quick pace, but it's nothing to write home about. Makes for a decent rental if you can't find anything else.
The Cast: Ewan McGregor, Nick Nolte... Ewan McGregor is Martin Bells, he's the young man that gets the job as a night watchmen. He doesn't do a great job here, and it's not his best role, but every once in a while he pulls off some good acting. Nick Nolte is Inspector Thomas Albert Cray... Well... He's... Not all that great here, he's the best in the film, but that's just not saying much. Maybe it's because I just watched him Cape Fear the other night and this one seems like a big step down from that performance. When all is said and done, this cast could have used a little more work. Everyone here could be replaced by numerous other actors and get the same affect. In other words, even though they have good backgrounds, they just come off as generic here.
One to Five Scale: 2
I sat down thinking I was going to see a good scary supernatural thriller, I thought wrong. It's bad acting, and predictable story, can't be helped by a style that's hardly above par.