Highly recommended Russian horror/action/fantasy epic.
There’s the same mix of mundane everyday Russian life alternating with epic other-worldly action. Vampires, black magic, ancient power. It provides a next-generation update on several genres all at once.
Action scenes, hinted at in the trailer, include the spectacular assault on a labyrinthine fortress on horses that can ride through brick walls, a sports car driving up and skidding around the outside of a huge hotel and, oh yes, the destruction of major Moscow landmarks…
The film expects viewers to pay close attention, open their minds and be blown away by this violent, darkly humorous, black magic epic.
Zhanna Friske as Alisa - a dangerous adversary with a horny hairdo
The only English subtitled DVD available at the moment is from the alldvd online store. But as the film progressed, the timing of the subtitles on my copy got worse, sometimes lagging behind the speaker by several seconds. The picture was slightly soft, as was the audio. Home cinema perfectionists may want to wait for the inevitable US release, that will follow Day Watch’s appearance in US cinema’s in June. It’s certainly a film that will bear, and necessitate, repeat viewings!
24framespersecond (linked here) has just reported that Day Watch will also get a cinema release in the UK in October.
How the third film, Dusk Watch, intends to build on these two films and conquer the US remains to be seen...