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Feature 9.0
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Distributor: 20th Century Fox
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Classification:
 MA15+
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

9.0


Night Watch

I have to say one thing first before getting into the rest of the review, this would have to be one of the best uses of subtitles I have seen, possibly ever, and I can tell you right now that I watch a LOT of foreign cinema. In case you do not know, the story is about vampires, and the light and dark side of vampirism. It is set in Russia. 

Our main character is the vampire Anton Gorodetsky, a Light Other with some very dark tendencies. He is tasked with safekeeping the young boy Yegor, who the Dark are very interested in, for reasons that you will simply have to watch the movie to discover, otherwise I’ll be wrecking the whole darn thing for you. 

The movie opens with Yegor being called telepathically by a group of Dark Others. As the subtitles appear on the screen blood red, they drift away as though blood is dispersing in water. This only occurs during the Calling and the effect is wonderful. Other times, the subtitles slam against the screen with such force that your teeth rattle. 

The entire film is shot beautifully against gritty and grimy backdrops of the city with some special effects that are just wonderful to watch. A nice touch to the whole vampire type story is that the movie doesn’t delve too deeply into the mysticism of the vampire and as such we are left wondering about the traditional weaknesses such as holy relics, daylight and the like. Do they work on Dark Others? Or are these tools simply not used due the fact that the “good guys” in this instance are actually vampires themselves? 

The tools these Others use are technology and lots of it. Fighting Dark Others is a science and the process of identifying and cataloguing all known Dark and Light others is computerised through what appears to be an extensive “tree” system that links all Others together through their relationships with each other. Speaking of relationships, you have to see the introduction of Anton’s partner to believe it, simply amazing, however it was the only time that I thought that such an interesting character was underdeveloped. Hopefully in the other parts of the trilogy, the partner will be shown off some more. 

Despite all this, there is currently a Truce in place between Light and Dark that Anton has inadvertently broken during an altercation with a Dark Other. This results in there being a great deal of unrest between the two forces that is complicated by the sudden presence of a vortex that is threatening to destroy the city in the form of a cursed doctor. Dark and Light must begrudgingly work together to face this common threat. 

I do have to say that if you are into vampires or just extremely cool foreign films, this movie is a total must see experience. The story and acting are excellent, along with stellar effects and of course those subtitles… 

In fact the only lame thing about the whole film is the cover so please don’t judge a movie by it’s cover in this case as you will be ripping yourself off! 

Make sure you check it out! 

*Please note this is a review on the movie itself, not the features of the DVD. This review will be updated upon retail release.

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