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Day Watch (2007)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 96
Fresh: 61 | Rotten: 35

Day Watch is frequently cheesy but it offers enough twists, surprises, and inventive action sequences to maintain viewer interest.

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 9

Day Watch is frequently cheesy but it offers enough twists, surprises, and inventive action sequences to maintain viewer interest.

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The apocalyptic sci-fi thriller Day Watch (aka Dvevnoy Dozor, 2006) constitutes the second installment in a planned supernatural trilogy by Russian director Timur Bekmambetov. As preceded by 2004's blockbuster Night Watch and followed by Twilight Watch, this sophomore film picks up on the byzantine tale of a world where, centuries ago, the powers of light (representing goodness) and the powers of darkness (representing evil) called a truce. Each side set up a law-enforcement team to guard and

Oct 30, 2007

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Narrative incoherence continues to reign supreme.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Although more flashily assembled, pic's relentless onslaught charms less over a running time almost 25 minutes longer.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Day Watch deploys head-spinning cinematography and cool special effects. It's a trippy affair, even if it's just about impossible to track.

August 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Madly over-plotted, with overlapping time frames and puzzling sub-plots, it makes no concessions to neophytes.

June 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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[Director] Bekmambetov is a reckless and juvenile storyteller with a regrettable knack for empty spectacle.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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It delivers more cutting-edge eye candy but defies any attempt at understanding.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Visually, it mixes a gritty reality with eye-popping horror-fantasy, but the story short-circuits the film by adding a level of incomprehensibility, particularly in its second half.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Let's hope the humor is intentional; it's frankly hard to tell.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Watch's supernatural police and Bekmambetov's rich visual palette give the film enough strength at least to throw a couple elbows to set itself apart from other nameless films with plenty of effects, but little vision.

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

... a mindless muddle - loud, slowly paced, and overdone; in other words, it is exactly like a bad Hollywood blockbuster, except for the subtitles.

July 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

Day watch is nonsense. But it's glorious nonsense.

March 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

While it's not as good as the first film, Day Watch is a nice alternative to the American horror flicks that have been polluting the cinemas this year.

March 12, 2008 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

There's a lot more to make your eyes goggle, too, as the Watches chase each other up, down and under the streets of Moskva.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

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October 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

As ornate as a high class Russian samovar, Day Watch continues the battle between Light and Dark in Timur Bekmambetov's unmistakable high octane fashion.

October 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Impressively directed with superb special effects, this is an action-packed fantasy flick that's actually more fun than the first film.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Day Watch combines the action sequences of a John Woo blockbuster with wonderfully self-conscious humour and hardcore human interest.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper
thelondonpaper

Even during its action sequences it is slow, confusing and apparently interminable.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Big, stupid and nonsensical

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

A slog through endless death metal-powered action sequences.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A must-see for fans of the original, but a shorter running time and less energetic CGI excess might have done this flawed horror fantasy a serious favour.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

A disappointing follow-up to Timur Bekmambetov's ground-cracking debut that still holds just enough explosiveness to blow a few fuses in your brain. Watch for the set-pieces (killer balls, car chases, power lines used as whips) and ignore the rest.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The film undeniably has buckets of style, aided and abetted by some extremely funky animated subtitles.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

Part zombie, part vampire and all a pain in the neck.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Audience Reviews for Day Watch

Fans of the original will surely love this follow up, but it is never anything great. Day Watch is good, but leaves a lot be desired. I thought that the film was well constructed with a prominent sense of style, which is a trademark of Bekmambetov's films. Day Watch in many ways is a better film than Night Watch because it expands on the story established in the first entry. Night Watch was a film that was all over the place with its plot and relied on its visual style to create its entertainment value. Although similar, this film tones down on heavy special effects and focusing more on storytelling. But that's not saying that effects are not prominent in the film. There are plenty of scenes that have effects and are quite exciting, but the plot is better thought out here and the film is a more focused, more detailed movie. The performances are good and there are aspects of the film should appeal genre fans. However as a whole, the sequel doesn't break any new ground in terms of vampire lore. I enjoyed the film, but I felt it could have been better and it was on par with the original. Visually striking, with toned down effects and a good story, Day Watch is a worthwhile follow up to Night Watch. Fans of the first film will most likely enjoy this entry and it boasts some effective action and tense, horrifying scenes that will certainly delight genre fans. Either way you slice it, these films are only mildly entertaining, and won't be seen as classics of the genre. With that said, this is worth seeing for mindless entertainment value, but if you're looking for a standout feature, you'll sadly be disappointed.
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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A slight improvement on its predecessor mainly because this one knows how over the top and ridiculous this premise is and just runs with it at a breakneck pace without looking back. This one has more action, thrills, and humor than the first. It's also not as dreary. The story still makes little sense as it is happening, and the movie still has problems with figuring out what parts of the plot are important and which ones aren't, but this one is more entertaining than the first, mainly because the visuals are better and the eye candy quotient was raised. This series is off the wall craziness mixed with a little horror and humor. If that sounds like your thing, then give them a try.
October 4, 2010
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

At some point, I felt really stupid watching this. I mean it made no sense. But this movie isn't that terrible. Though I don't recommend it to watch.
June 8, 2010
3niR
Dead Angel

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Visually stunning, I've not seen many films that have spent as much time on the details. Shame they couldn't have spent more time on the story, structure, characters and just about everything else. This is a headache inducing mess. I had to have a lay down and a junior aspirin after watching it, just thinking about it makes my eyelids feel like they're burning. Not bad but a bit of a brainfu*k!
March 29, 2010
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  • Day Watch (Dnevnoy dozor) (DE)
  • Day Watch (Dnevnoy dozor) (UK)
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