Day Watch

2007

Day Watch

Critics Consensus

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

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User Ratings: 33,882
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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 monitor the other's activities -- the powers of darkness established and controlled the Day Watch, while the powers of light established and controlled the Night Watch. Day Watch opens in the 14th century, when Tamerlane, a Mongol warrior, acquires an implement called "The Chalk of Destiny," that can be used to guide the course of history. Eons later (in the present day), the Day Watch and the Night Watch are ongoing. Two Warriors of Light, Anton Gorodetsky (Konstantin Khabensky) and his protégé/partner-in-training, Svetlana (Maria Poroshina), quietly develop feelings for one another as they patrol the Night Watch together. As the story progresses, the pair must respond to a distress call from an octogenarian victim of a vampiric attack -- an attack committed (as it turns out) by Anton's 12-year-old son, Yegor (Dima Martynov) -- now a Warrior of Darkness. Anton must suddenly wrestle with two conflicting desires -- the need to protect his offspring by destroying incriminating evidence, and his own desire to remain loyal to the Night Watch. Several additional subplots then unfold concurrently, including that of Yegor learning to practice evil from his mentor, Zavulon (Viktor Verzhbitsky), that of Anton "body swapping" with associate Olga (Galina Tyunina), and that of the relationship between a vampiric child, Kostya (Aleksei Chadov), and his dad (Valery Zolotukhin), who works as a butcher. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Cast

Konstantin Khabenskiy
as Anton Gorodensky
Valery Zolotukhin
as Kostya's Father
Rimma Markova
as Darya, the Old Witch
Irina Yakovlena
as Galina Rogova
Irina Yakovleva
as Galina Rogova
Nikolai Olyalin
as The Inquisitor
Anna Slyu
as Tiger Cub
Igor Lifanov
as The Parrot
Sergey Trofimov
as Zavulon's Secretary
Sergei Trofimov
as Zavulon's Secretary
Mariya Mironova (II)
as Egor's Mother
Anna Dubrovskaya
as The Vampiress
Elena Bychkova
as Guest at Yegor's Birthday Party
Mikhail Gavrilov
as Guest at Yegor's Birthday Party
Andrey Kuchishkin
as Guest at Yegor's Birthday Party
Natalia Kuchishkina
as Guest at Egor's Birthday Party
Oleg Kshumanev
as Guest at Yegor's Birthday Party
Aleksey Mitrofanov
as Guest at Yegor's Birthday Party
Roman Miryaev
as Guest at Yegor's Birthday Party
Mikhail Tikhomirov
as Guest at Yegor's Birthday Party
Marina Stolyarova
as Guest at Yegor's Birthday Party
Yury Yunushkin
as Guest at Yegor's Birthday Party
Marat Yusupov
as Guest at Yegor's Birthday Party
Boris Moiseev
as Participant at Egor's Birthday Party
Anita Tsoitsi
as Participant at Egor's Birthday Party
Artemy Troitsky
as Participant at Egor's Birthday Party
Nikas Safranov
as Participant at Egor's Birthday Party
Vasily Shandybin
as Participant at Egor's Birthday Party
Willie Tokarev
as Participant at Egor's Birthday Party
Maria Arbatova
as Participant at Egor's Birthday Party
Yulia Tokareva
as Participant at Egor's Birthday Party
Pavel Miroshnik
as Participant at Egor's Birthday Party
Pierre Broshe
as Participant at Egor's Birthday Party
Peter Miroshnik
as Participant at Egor's Birthday Party
Anna Broshe
as Participant at Egor's Birthday Party
Yury Aizenshpits
as Participant at Egor's Birthday Party
Victoria Markina
as Participant at Egor's Birthday Party
Maria Kisileva
as Participant at Egor's Birthday Party
R. Rubenchik
as Gypsies Song Group
Ä. Rubenchik
as Gypsies Song Group
Ä Buldyzhenko
as Gypsies Song Group
G. Golovkina
as Gypsies Song Group
B. Tarasov
as Gypsies Song Group
N. Iliynskaya
as Gypsies Song Group
N. Lekareva
as Gypsies Song Group
Ä. Kuzinov
as Viva Dance Ballet Group
È. Komarova
as Viva Dance Ballet Group
Y. Rymarev
as Viva Dance Ballet Group
A. Gorelova
as Viva Dance Ballet Group
Ä. Vyazhskaya
as Viva Dance Ballet Group
L. Levina
as Viva Dance Ballet Group
D. Tarasenko
as Viva Dance Ballet Group
Ä. Surzhina
as Viva Dance Ballet Group
S. Prigara
as Veselye Devchata
É. Sukhanova
as Veselye Devchata
Ä. Belov
as Makosh
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Critic Reviews for Day Watch

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Audience Reviews for Day Watch

  • May 19, 2013
    Did not like this movie at all. I don't recall one bit of Night Watch, which I watched and reviewed, most likely, before I graduated high school. I graduated in 2006, so you can imagine how little I actually remember of Night Watch. I remember liking it to an extent but really disliking the fact that the movie didn't come with the original Russian audio track and I had to suffer through an English dubbing. Anyway, perhaps I should've re-watched that movie before watching this one. But it's not like it's necessary since they recap what's going on at the beginning of the film, so even if you didn't watch the original film you won't be as lost. Anyway, this film is an absolute mess. The one thing that immediately jumps out at you is the comedy. I'm not gonna complain about the fact that the movie chooses to employ comedy, as I'm all for movies that aren't entirely humorless. The problem comes in the fact that the comedy in this movie is that they beat you over the head with it, to the point where it completely takes away from everything the rest of the movie is trying to do. It makes a movie with an intriguing concept, really, unbearable to watch at times. If they had kept the comedy separate from the rest of the movie then it'd be fine, but they make the comedy a part of the main story and it just feels completely forced in there. It's not effective. And this is a movie that is really ineffective at almost everything it does to be honest. Would the film have been better without the comedy? Who knows, it's pure speculation. But I can pretty much tell you that it adds absolutely nothing to the film, at all. I mean some of it is amusing and I did get a couple of chuckles here and there, but it's like trying to watch a mash-up of Citizen Kane and Duck Soup and trying to pass it off as one movie. Separately, those films are great. Together, not so much. Not that this movie would ever come close to that level, but I'm just trying to illustrate a point. As I mentioned, the movie has an intriguing concept but one that is so poorly executed that you don't really give two shits about what happens and you're not entirely sure what the point of is. Can someone tell me what the point is? Yea I mean the basic idea is to avoid war between the Dark and the Light, but the movie throws so much shit out there that the point is completely diluted by the end. There really wouldn't be much of a problem is the movie did a good job at getting these ideas across, but they just throw them out there without any rhyme or reason. The movie hopes that the "cool" action sequences, of which there are few, will make up for the story being a complete and utter disaster. The problem with the action scenes, while some are good, is that the editing is absolutely horrendous, you have no idea what's going on half the time and who's doing what. It's a complete mess. This is really the theme of the film. And the ending...boy, the ending completely sucks. It comes out of nowhere and it falls completely flat. The ending is sort of like a sitcom. Everything is, conveniently, resolved and everyone ends up happy and unharmed. It's a really stupid ending for this type of movie, it's TOO perfect. Now that I think about it, I really hated this movie. It doesn't work as a comedy. It doesn't work as an action movie. It doesn't work as a horror. It doesn't work as a romance. What does this film even do well??? Originally, I was gonna give the film 2 stars, but now that I think about it I thought this movie was bad. Some parts are really bad and others are just amusing. But even the amusing parts don't really add anything as far as quality to the film, so I can't recommend this movie at all. It's really bad.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2013
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2011
    Pretty cool, but like the first film, Night Watch, WTF moments abound in Day Watch. I'm pretty sure this film is even more confusing than the first film.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2011
    I actually preferred the original as it blended horror in more with the science fiction and action for a somewhat darker experience. Day Watch is a strange beast to dissect as there is some amazing cinematography, wonderful visual effects, and some very original concepts in the film but the story is all over the place and takes itself to serious. The tone is a bit too serious for some of the goofy interactions that take place and we are introduced to so many characters and the pace is so frantic you really are just all over the place and it stretches the narrative a bit too much. Overall decent and original but could have been so much better had the script been more polished and the tone of the film more loose.
    Chris B Super Reviewer

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