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PEOPLE: From the director of the movie Wanted — comes the first of 2 movies that were supposed to be a trilogy: Night Watch. (Followed by Day Watch.)

QUIRKS: This is a Russian-language fantasy movie involving the never ending battle between the forces of darkness and light.

Based on a 4-book Russian fantasy series.

Expect vampires, witches, visions, surrealism, owls that aren’t what they seem, vomiting of blood, brief medieval battle scenes, secret societies, magical abortions, telepathy, and extreme weather.

When it came out, it was the #1 all-time box office movie in Russia.

VISUALS: Incredibly fantasy visuals! This takes place in “our” normal world, but there are some parts that are *incredibly* trippy. The Gloom, for example. You don’t want to deal with The Gloom, trust me.

MORALS: You probably shouldn’t perform abortions via magical spell. And if the good guys use the same tactics as the bad guys — are they really good?

BAD STUFF: There are really several separate plots of characters that don’t relate to each other very much, which is always a turn-off to me. Throw in the fact that we watched it with subtitles, and we started to get confused about who is who. Once again, another foreign movie where we think 2 different females are actually the same female. That can be a bit off-putting.

Carolyn said there wasn’t as much of an interconnecting twist at the end as she would have hoped… And I agree. However, since this is just the first movie of a “trilogy” (that was never completed; they only made 2 movies), I consider it more of an intro to the 2nd film than a complete story in itself.

It did wrap up a bit too conveniently. “Oh, we know what the problem is now, so it’s instantly solved. Yay.”

CONCLUSION: Despite it’s flaws, this was a solid, dark, urban fantasy movie with great visuals.

RATINGS: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IDMB: 7.5/10 (rounded down to 7/10).

RECOMMENDATION: If you love modern fantasy movies with good visual effects, this is a good start! Hopefully Day Watch will be even better than Night Watch.

SIMILAR MOVIES: City Of Lost Children has some of the fantasy + darkness + urban elements — though it takes place in the 1800s, and this movie takes place in the present.

MOVIE QUOTE: “…And so it will be, until a man emerges who is meant to become the Great One. And, if he chooses the side of Light, then Light will win. But, those, to whom the truth has been revealed, say that he will choose Darkness. For it is easier to kill the Light within oneself, than to scatter the Darkness around… The prophecies are coming true.”

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Christie loved it. Ian & Benj really liked it. Jordan liked it. I’m surprised so many people have seen this!

Mood: hungry
Music: KMFDM – Sieg Sieg