My second biggest problem has to do with the overly simplistic storyline. That is to say, with all of the gravitas and confusion, when you cut right to the meat of the story, itís purely childish and almost laughable. Leading me to my third beef. The acting is way to intense and serious for its own good. All of these actors are just devoid of anything human. When you are dealing with people that turn into animals, vampires, and the like, it usually helps to inject an emotion other than intensity into the film. That is to say there is hardly any comedy at ALL in the entire picture and I desperately needed a release here and there. These three elements really hinder the picture from being truly great and thatís a shame. On the flip side, the film is oh so very slick with some great special effects and camerawork. I swear there were several times that I thought director Timur Bekmambetov was Michael Bay! Also, after investing so much into these characters, I really want to see the sequel films starting with DAY WATCH even with such a lackluster beginning, the trilogy does have potential. All of this to say, that NIGHT WATCH is a very heavy and brooding fantasy that is definitely only for that niche viewership.
Audio Commentary by Director Timur Bekmambetov >> While the director tries to beat the language barrier, things can be confusing. I hand it to the man for trying and he comes off very confident.
Text Commentary by Novelist Sergei Lukianenko >> Sergeiís text comments are quite inciteful and sometimes funny. When Sergei gets mad at the directorís changes, I found it to be hilarious. Good stuff.
Lastly, thereís a look at DAY WATCH and that got me excited, though itís all too brief.
Props 2 > Bekmambetov for shaking up Russian cinema
Final D >> A good rental for all you sci-fi/horror/fantasy freaks