Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor): Fox Searchlight
EW Staff
April 22, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Night Watch (Movie - 2005)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
115 minutes
Limited Release Date
02/17/06
performer
Konstantin Khabensky, Vladimir Menshov
director
Timur Bekmambetov
distributor
Fox Searchlight Pictures
author
Timur Bekmambetov, Sergei Lukyanenko
genre
Foreign Language

We gave it a F

The forces of light and dark are constantly at war — even a fair-weather movie fan can tell you that. But if you view that eternal cosmic chiaroscuro from, say, Moscow, it’d look something like Night Watch (a.k.a. Nochnoi Dozor). Director Timur Bekmambetov (working from the sci-fi novels of coscripter Sergei Lukyanenko) was more interested in shades of gray: Two contingents, supernaturally endowed ”Others,” police each other in a sort of ethereal Cold War, and both are morally ambiguous. ”To me, Moscow isn’t light or dark,” says Bekmambetov, who’s at work on the second film in his trilogy. ”It’s striped like a sailor’s vest, and leaves the choice up to you.”

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