Script: Laeta Kalogridis, Timur Bekmambetov
Cast: Galina Tyunina, Konstantin Khabensky, Mariya Poroshina, Melissa Sagemiller, Valeri Zolotukhin, Vladimir Menshov
Rated : 8 Stars
A thousand years ago an agreement was reached, the Light and the Dark negotiated a truce in order to prevent their mutual destruction. Each side ensures the other obeys the rules. The Night Watch are “the good guys” preventing the Dark from breaking the truce. But legend tells of the arrival of a “Great One” who will choose a side, and that side will become unstoppable.
Based on a trilogy of Russian books(by Sergei Lukyanenko) Nochnoy dozor is the first in a series of three books, and for the most part deals with Anton. Born human, he was one of the few able to see, and so become, one of the Others. Each new arrival must choose a side, Light or Dark, he chooses Light, and the film opens with him tracking down a vampire.
Overall the film is well worth watching. The subtitles (it is a Russian film) alone are entertaining; changing colour, size and appearance depending on the emotion behind the words. It isn’t action-packed, but there are some great pieces of shape-shifting, vortexes and explosions. Not your usual vampire film, this hints at the fact that maybe the Light aren’t actually the good guys at all.
And of course a special mention must go to the fact that Buffy shows up. The scene where she first meets Dracula in season five is shown, dubbed in Russian and subtitled in English.
I’ve heard that the third part, not yet made, will be in English, which will be odd