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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Konstantin Khabensky
Mariya Poroshina
Valeri Zolotukhin
Vladimir Menshov
Directors
Timur Bekmambetov
Screenwriters
Timur Bekmambetov
Laeta Kalogridis
Running Time
131 minutes

Day Watch
From Russia with love. And also vampires


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Day Watch

Plot
Anton Gorodetsky (Khabensky), a member of the Night Watch - an ancient order charged with enforcing a truce between the forces of good and evil - is framed for murder. Meanwhile, Dark Lord Zavulon (Verzhbitsky) schemes to use Anton’s alienated son to start an apocalyptic war.


Verdict
It’s perhaps a shame the series was wrapped up inside two films - though there are loopholes for further adventures. It relates to Night Watch the way X2 relates to X-Men: you need to have seen the earlier film to have a hope of following the plot, but it’s a bigger, deeper, more exhilarating ride.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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