Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
The second film in the Watch trilogy picks up shortly after the last one ends. Anton continues to fight the forces of Darkness while simultaneously attempting to find and save his son from the clutches of those same forces. But when Dark Others start mysteriously being killed and Anton is framed for their murders, he must put that goal on hold and try to escape the Day Watch that is looking for his blood.
Is it good movie?
In the past, I had the pleasure of reviewing Night Watch, the first film in this trilogy and I'll be honest, I couldn't tell what was going on. I know, that doesn't seem like a really good reason to knock a film, but I can't lie, if I don't have a sweet clue what I'm paying attention to, it's hard to get into the movie. Unfortunately, you could almost copy and paste the last review here because this one really seemed like more of the same.
The gist of it is that there are 'others', some of whom are evil and some of whom are good, all bound by an ancient truce. The Night Watch crew manages the evil others, while the Day watch crew manages the Light others, the good guys. I guess the whole thing centers around these crews wanting to break the truce and just wreak havoc.
Now we're back in the swing of things as Anton is trying to prevent his evil son who has turned to the dark side from being killed, while the Dark guys are after the chalk of fate (I know..weird) to try to alter time. And the whole movie involves both sides struggling to attain what they desire. The whole movie seems pretty smart and doesn't pick sides, which is pretty ambitious, I just find that the plot is so convoluted that it is difficult to understand.
The action is still really cool and the special effects are really top notch as well (wait 'til you see the car scene!). Unfortunately, this is still way too long, with a lot of drawn out bits. Also, there are so many subplots that it is difficult to keep track of them all, some of them don't even makes any sense, especially the lesbian one. Acting is decent, and the ending wasn't bad either.
Video / Audio
Video comes in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and is reference quality stuff. Really nice job here.
Audio is equally beautifully mixed in Dolby 5.1 and despite the dubbing, the sound effects are great.
First there is a Commentary by Director Timur Bekmambetov, which really didn't impress me much and to be honest I could barely get through the whole thing. The guy just doesn't have a lot of personality in his voice and his thick accent doesn't help.
The Making of Day Watch, is all about how to successfully raise and eat young rabbits. Okay, believe it or not, it's about making the film. It's quite well done although it seems brief even at a half hour, I liked it and it helps to explain a few things a bit better.
There's also some trailers,- the theatrical US trailer, 6 Russian trailers, 12 Russian TV spots and a few US trailers for The Hills Have Eyes 2, Lake Placid 2, Mr. Brooks, Perfect Creature, The Tripper and Wrong Turn 2.
I enjoyed this flick about as much as I liked the last one, and I admire its intelligence, but that doesn't make it accessible to many people. If you haven't seen the first film, stay away from this one. If you have seen it, maybe you should watch it again to get the hang of things, because this film hits the ground running and doesn't care if you know it or not.