Russian cinema has traditionally been known for art-house faves or the odd Soviet propaganda movie, but Timur Bekmambetov's movie takes its influences straight from Hollywood as it tries to create an epic fantasy film with blockbuster potential. Based on a trilogy of Russian novels by Sergei Lukyanenko and featuring digital effects made by every film studio in Russia, Night Watch tells of an epic struggle between supernatural forces of light and darkness who have long held an uneasy truce, monitoring one another for violations.
But there is a prophecy (isn't there always?) that says a chosen one will be born who will tilt the balance of the truce, based on whether he or she chooses light or darkness (it's a freewill issue). Our hero is a reluctant, psychic, alcoholic bum (Konstantin Khabensky), whose troubled past will come into play. There's so much going on that it's impossible to lose interest, but it does feel as if there are too many different powers at work--there are more supernatural abilities on display here than in your average X-Men comic, and there always seems to be a convenient power on hand to save the day.
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