Day Watch (2007)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

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


Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Horror , Art House & International , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Sergei Lukianenko, Timur Bekmambetov, Aleksandr Talal, Alexander Talal, Sergei Luk'yanenko
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 30, 2007
Box Office: $0.4M
Runtime:
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Day Watch

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (29)

Narrative incoherence continues to reign supreme.

Full Review… | October 20, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Although more flashily assembled, pic's relentless onslaught charms less over a running time almost 25 minutes longer.

Full Review… | June 17, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Day Watch deploys head-spinning cinematography and cool special effects. It's a trippy affair, even if it's just about impossible to track.

Full Review… | August 4, 2007
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009
Times-Picayune

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

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
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.

Full Review… | July 7, 2008
Filmcritic.com

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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TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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jlewis07
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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3niR
Dead Angel

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