Dnevnoy dozor   2006   Russia Day Watch
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Director:Timur Bekmambetov
Studio:20th Century Fox
Writer:Timur Bekmambetov, Sergei Lukyanenko
IMDb Rating:6.5 (16,358 votes)
Awards:1 nomination
Duration:146 min
Languages:Russian, English
Timur Bekmambetov  ...  (Director)
Timur Bekmambetov, Sergei Lukyanenko  ...  (Writer)
Konstantin Khabensky  ...  Anton
Mariya Poroshina  ...  Svetlana
Vladimir Menshov  ...  Geser
Galina Tyunina  ...  Olga
Viktor Verzhbitsky  ...  Zavulon
Zhanna Friske  ...  Alisa
Dmitry Martynov  ...  Yegor
Valeri Zolotukhin  ...  Kostya's Father
Aleksei Chadov  ...  Kostya
Nurzhuman Ikhtymbayev  ...  Zoar
Aleksei Maklakov  ...  Semyon
Aleksandr Samojlenko  ...  Bear (Medved)
Yuri Kutsenko  ...  Ignat
Irina Yakovleva  ...  Galina Rogova
Yegor Dronov  ...  Tolik
Konstantin Khabenskiy  ...  Anton
Viktor Verzhbitskiy  ...  Zavulon
Dmitriy Martynov  ...  Yegor
Valeriy Zolotukhin  ...  Kostya's Father
Aleksey Chadov  ...  Kostya
Aleksey Maklakov  ...  Semyon
Aleksandr Samoylenko  ...  Bear (Medved)
Yuriy Kutsenko  ...  Ignat
Georgiy Dronov  ...  Tolik
Sergey Trofimov  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: First film of the year

Summary: The dizzying supernatural Russian epic started in Night Watch continues with Day Watch, in which once again the battle between the forces of Light (the Night Watch) and Dark (the Day Watch) threatens to crack open the world as we know it. The plot centers around Anton (Russian superstar Konstantin Khabensky), an Other (one of many beings with varied supernatural powers) whose son, Yegor, has joined the Day Watch, who are grooming him to be their superpowerful savior. Anton's protoge, Svetlana, also has high-capacity power, and if Yegor and Svetlana come into conflict, the resulting devastation could shatter everything. The key to success seems to lie with the Chalk of Fate, a simple piece of chalk that can rewrite reality. Day Watch is full of plotholes and underdeveloped story points (at one point, to keep him safe, Anton's consciousness is switched into the body of his Night Watch colleague Olga--but mere moments later the Day Watch knows what's happened, before any suspense could be mined from it; as a result, this promising plot twist seems only to exist to allow for some girl-on-girl action), but it's forgivable. As with the first film, Day Watch bubbles over with its wildly imaginative world, its ravishing style, and its fantastic visual effects. If a Hollywood blockbuster had half as much creativity, it would be praised to the skies and be the hit of the year. Don't let the subtitles put you off (particularly since even the subtitles reflect the movie's wit and imagination)--Day Watch is a cinematic feast that any movie fan should devour. --Bret Fetzer

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