Day Watch (Dnevnoy dozor) Review
Written by: alex1176
The second chapter in the epic fantasy trilogy based on the novels by Sergei Lukyanenko is a better film than "Night Watch". Director Timur Bekmambetov has given this terrific sequel a faster pace and a much easier-to-follow story. His amazing visual style has not been spared, but the confusing nature of the first installment is thankfully gone. In its place is more character development, surprising humor and awesome action sequences.
After a brief recap and an epic prologue (set in 14th century Northern Iran) , "Day Watch" picks up where "Night Watch" left off. Hero Anton Gorodetsky is on patrol while training the newest member to the Night Watch team, when suddenly he gets the call that a murder has occurred in the vicinity. After a chase scene between Anton, Svetlana (the trainee) and the perpetrator ensues, we realize the killer is Egor; Anton's son who has chosen the dark side. Later on, Anton becomes the victim of a setup and must clear his name, while saving his son from evil and stopping Armageddon from occuring. Not a light task, but the wildcard in the struggle between Good and Evil is the Chalk of Destiny and those who wield it have the power to change fate.
As I've stated before, the movie's weird inventiveness has been carried over from "Night Watch", but the story is easier to understand and that alone makes it a better movie. The exhilariating action scenes and dazzling special-effects are the icing on top of this tasty cake. Fortunately, I live in a city where "Day Watch" is playing in theaters and I had myself a good time. I saw it on June 26th. It is the third "horror" sequel I have seen this summer. The first two were "28 Weeks Later" and "Hostel: Part II". "Day Watch" is a better movie than those two. If you have the opportunity to see it in the big-screen, than I'd recommend you do so. It is every bit as good as the big-blockbusters that Hollywood is churning out this season.