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MIFF NEEDS MOUSE - MIFF 2007 Blog

Day Watch (2006)

Day Watch Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Starring: Konstantin Khabensky, Mariya Poroshina, Vladimir Menshov, Galina Tyunina, Viktor Verzhbitsky, Zhanna Friske, Dmitry Martynov

Tagline: Like I wasn't going to see this!

Set a year after the events of the first film, we find Anton (Konstantin Khabensky) partnered with a trainee Svetlana (Mariya Poroshina), who is fated to be the next Great Light Other, but is still very green and gets herself into trouble a lot. Case in point when she runs off after a Dark Other and ends up being stuck in the netherworld called the gloom and Anton can't reach her himself.

They make it out of it OK, but it sets into action a series of events that will culminate in the apocalypse unless they do something about it. As you would expect there are heaps of special effects and really big action sequences with the highlight being the sports car racing up the side of the Kosmos hotel, the big battle scene at the start and the various scenes of destruction.

All the characters from the original return including Olga, Gesser, Zavulon, Kostya and a cast of other characters you will recognise when you see them. I particularly liked Kostya's father (Valeri Zolotukhin) and Zoar (Nurzhuman Ikhtymbayev) as they had a grounding effect in the film as well as being important characters.

As I have mentioned the special effects were excellent, but they were more a part of the story this time and didn't show off as much as happened with Night Watch. Also there were wasn't as much annoying advertising, although the actor's names in the neon signs and the production credits on street advertising at the end were very clever.

Also great were the subtitles as not only were they timed to go along with the dialog correctly, they were also a feature in themselves and had lots of character (a favourite being the BITCH! blood-splat on the wall from a thrown steak.) Hopefully they will make it to the DVD release as I have heard that the Night Watch DVD didn't have these subtitles.

Rating: 8/10

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