Vampire epics are all the rage these days and it seems the same is true in Russia. Night Watch is the first of a trilogy of films following the battle between the light and the dark.
This is the story of the “others” humans with special abilities, some of whom choose to feed off the darkness of humanity and others who choose to live off the light. They are in a war for our future, a war that has been held at bay by a fragile truce. The others of the light who ensure that the dark forces don’t break that truce are called the Night Watch.
Night Watch is filmed in a bombastic style that doesn’t hold any punches. The camera spins, the cuts are fast and furious and often it’s over the top. But this works as a way of creating a hyper reality, a world that’s a part of our own but just slightly off it, the world where the “others” live and fight for the future of mankind.
Night Watch matches its energetic story telling style with an energetic story. The plot and characters are a bit complex and tangled leading to a conclusion that is really more of a beginning. The way it gets there is clever as well as spectacular. The visual style may a bit much but it helps the fantastic story come to brilliant life and ends up being a whole lot of fun.
In the end, Night Watch is more fantasy than horror but the images are not for the faint at heart. This is the kind of cult film that asks you to use your brain as well as your senses and pays you back with one hell of a ride.
The coolest addition is the subtitles. The are not simply English translations at the bottom of the screen. They come to life as well, turning colours, moving around the screen and bringing true emphasis to the meaning conveyed. It was never so much fun to read a film.