Recently Watched : “Night Watch” is Russian for the apocalypse

Last night I saw the limited release Russian film “Night Watch” or “Nochnoi Dozor”. Wow. I don’t usually go for this sort of thing but I heard some buzz and I’m glad I gave it a go.

A fantasy-thriller set in present-day Moscow. Good battles Evil, the balance of power hangs on a thread, prophecies foretold, yadda yadda yadda. We’ve seen this a million times, but this is not your old Hollywood formula crap.

With a nod to Buffy and the Matrix, this is a seriously weird, and very well done, film. The special effects managed to not get in the way, the Acting is superb, and even the English sub-titles add value.

Night Watch came out in 2004, and was the official selection from Russia for the Academy Awards 2005, as well as being the #1 box-office movie in Russia.

I’m looking forward to “Day Watch” (Dnevnoy dozor) and “Dusk Watch”, this being a trilogy (the last filmed in english since it was co-financed by Fox).

This ends culture day at False Positives….

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