An exciting, fun, and hauntingly beautiful piece of fantasy filmmaking...
The punchy, nonstop visual effects crowd out coherent storytelling.
A convoluted FX smear
Night Watch is a completely synthetic yet thoroughly original movie.
...better than most of our domestic product...
... director Timur Bekmambetov makes excellent use of CGI to portray the paranormal events but avoids the silly martial arts extravagance of the UNDERWORLD movies.
If it all sounds silly, convoluted, and confusing, that's because it is silly, convoluted, and confusing. It's also a hell of a lot of fun.
This muddled mess about the forces of (what else?) dark and light can barely hold itself together long enough to rip-off far better science fiction movies.
| Original Score: 2/4
uses fantasy, horror and gobsmacking special effects to explore the greyer areas of contemporary life.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
For a good hour and change, the film is a big toy box that teases you out of the Gloom.
I liked it, and if your tastes run as occasionally goofy as my own, you probably will too.
| Original Score: 3/4
The entire production seems intent on creating a mood and trapping the audience in it until the very last frame is shown, and for a fantasy film, that's how it should be done.
| Original Score: 3.0/4.0
The film is fascinating - albeit sluggish - until the final reel. At that point, the vampire-hunter hero makes a crucial decision at odds with everything we know about his character.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Intriguing enough to build hope that the trilogy's next two parts can make this a reverse Matrix saga: A series that becomes more clear and compelling as it goes forward.
The resulting concoction will likely baffle anyone who isn't already a fantasy/horror aficionado, but those viewers who enjoy one of these genres will get a kick out of the universe Bekmambetov has created here.
...doesn't translate as much more than a formulaic, if promising, genre tale that's often difficult to follow yet equally hard to dismiss.
A huge hit in Russia, this horror movie is a testament to how desperate for entertainment they must be over there.
| Original Score: 1/5
Overly busy, very silly and, at times, kinda cool.
Pops with visual momentum -- so much that by the end it's chaotic, and finally just insane.
| Original Score: B-
For those of us who find Andrei Tarkovsky a little on the slow side, it's nice to see that there's life in Russian cinema after Eisenstein.