Movie Title: Dnevnoy dozor / Day Watch
Date Released: January 1st, 2006
Date Seen: August 15th, 2013
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
A sequel to Night Watch, still following the same cast of characters from the previous movie. Anton is back and now he is a full member of the Night Watch, and is even training Svetlana to become a member of the Night Watch. But, things start to go wrong (of course) when Anton is accused of murdering a member of the Dark Others – and the Night Watch must prove his innocence. There is also a search for the “Chalk of Destiny” going on, that will change any mans fate….
I liked this movie more than the first one, because it seemed less messy and the plot made more sense. This could just be because I already knew the general out line of the Light vs Dark story, so I didn’t have to adapt to that. But even beyond that, there weren’t as many confusing parts in this movie as in Night Watch. The plot was better laid out than the first movie, which allowed me to enjoy it more. There are still some confusing parts, but significantly less. I also enjoyed this plot a little bit more, because it explained more about the “Others” than the first movie did. For example, we get to see some more cool powers that they have – such as body switching, putting on a mask of someone else’s face – and even other layers of “the Gloom”. We are also introduced to “Great Others” and you can easily guess who they are (we know Yegor is from the first movie, but there’s another one, pretty easy to guess who).
Similar to Night Watch, the subtitles are very interesting and fun to watch, which is a refereshing change of pace for most foreign films. They do the blood fading out thing again, but also there is a really cool couple of ones, like cutting across a man and killing him, and the words being cut in half as well. Other interesting scenes to watch, that I’m sure they just do for effect and have no real plot point, but make it fun, are like a vampire cutting hair, but not appearing in the mirror (just the hair and scissors do). This scene was useful though because it explained something I was slightly confused about from Night Watch. It explained to me that not all DARK Other’s are vampires – because I thought they were from the first movie. It confirms that because there are a couple of other (ha) Dark Other’s in the room, that are seen in the mirror.
One slightly stupid thing that dates the movie is that they use MSN messenger as like their secret messaging system. Hilarious. You have a message you want no one else to see, so you send your enemy a MSN message? I about died laughing at that part. Another hilarious thing is that one character, Alicia, has devil horns in her hair. As in, her hair forms convenient points that are definitely supposed to be devil like. They are definitely not a coincidence because of how pronounced they are.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review/Synopsis
There’s a good synopsis here.
Here are some of my thoughts during the movie.
What was with the guy kissing the poster of his favorite soccer team, then the poster guy wiped his face? Is this harry potter all of a sudden?
The scenes where Olga and Anton have switched places, and then Anton (in Olga’s body) goes and hangs out with Sveta, and then they fight, was both hilarious and awkward at the same time. Especially in the shower that then transforms into a like pretty island waterfall scene, and Anton is himself again…. SO weird. It is even more weird when they go out on the date to the Chinese place, and Olga’s body, now has makeup on. More than she did before. It’s weird to think about. But lots of funny parts come from that, such as the elevator scene where they switch back bodies.
When Svet starts going cray cray allowing Anton/Olga’s body to escape, and Zavulon starts whipping the power lines at her as she runs off was quite possibly one of the coolest moments in the film.
Kyosta has the BEST going out hat EVER. EVER EVER EVER. It’s a big furry thing, with flaps, and is hilarious. I also like that he wears it to go out and try to get with Alicia. That silly boy. He then goes from not wearing it at the party to suddenly having it on when he saves Anton from being stabbed by Kyosta’s dad, the butcher. I love that family, because Kyosta was just so conflicted with everything he did involving Anton, and his dad was just trying to do what was best for his son (because he regretted now turning Kyosta into a vampire).
One question I had was that why at the end did Anton not remember what went on? Earlier, when we saw the flashback to the FIRST guy getting the chalk and rewriting his “fate”, the first guy seemed to remember and killed the man guarding the tomb, thus avoiding his death. However, that man didn’t remember. But at the end of the movie when Anton rewrites his fate, it seems EVERYONE remembers Anton (even the Night Watch truck driver who died), but Anton remembers nothing? Strange. Maybe it will be explained in the next movie, should it ever come out.
Some really cool scenes, interesting plot, though slightly confusing at times, but overall better than its predecessor, and had me watching straight through. Definitely good for a Netflix watch, but make sure you watch Night Watch first.