Horror Movie Reviews: Nightwatch
Nightwatch is the first of a trilogy from Russian director and was very popular over there as a result, on first inspection you can see that the story has some epic potential but it has been limited somewhat by unknown reasons, the film starts out introducing us to this world of vampires,shape shifters and witches, although the vampires take precedence throughout the main bulk of the story and there has been much thought put into how the forces of dark and light work against each other.
The story is set up from the beginning in centuries past with a battle to end all battles (although nothing that spectacular, at least not in the scale of Lord of the Rings!) until a truce is made between the leader of the dark and light that they will try and co-exist in the world with rules that prevent any side killing each other, but the thing with truces over the years, someone has to break them by killing a vampire.
After the story set up, we meet our main hero who has sought the help of a witch to get rid of his ex-girlfriends unborn baby who he believes his not his own son after she is with another man, but then the forces of light intervene so that she can't finish her spell, as the son is prophesied to be a prominent player for the force of the dark.
As a result this film seems half complete, maybe because it is part of a trilogy and with some weird imagery and of course the subtitles you have to read to know what's going on, unless you speak Russian, there are some gory moments but nothing too bloody and the ending of the film leads quite nicely into Daywatch - the second instalment, although the main story arc of the film feels like an anti-climax with a supposed vortex which could destroy Moscow because of a woman who had cursed herself.
Nightwatch is the weaker instalment with a not very convincing bad guy as the leader of the dark or maybe it just doesn't translate well with it being foreign with a different culture being portrayed I don't know, but in other foreign films such as Asian films this is not a problem as there are some great villains in them films and you would believe that they are truly evil, but this bad guy just looks a bit gay.
There are some brief moments that look good when a car races towards the leader of the dark and the car flips over his head as he just stands there helping it flip over with his arm and some short moments when the vampires go into the gloom, a place only vampires can go into because they are undead.
But other than these small tidbits of spectacularness, there is not much to say other than if you like all manner of international films then this one could be for you, I enjoyed it, but not as much as I was hoping for when it was first released, I guess it was the usual thing of seeing a trailer with all the good parts included that made me think "this looks awesome!"
Daywatch is much better!
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