Andrew’s been nagging at me for months to rent this movie on iTunes he’d heard good things about. Since he was diagnosed as sick this weekend, I humored him. It was about the only way he was going to get me to watch a Russian vampire movie – well played!
In any case, it was a LOT better than I thought it would be. Night Watch (directed by Timur Bekmambetov) tells the story of a struggle between good and evil. Good and evil vampires. In Russia. In Russian. With subtitles. And I have to admit, the story was interesting, but more than that, I was VERY impressed with the quality of the film (was it shot in HD?) and some of the effects and visual wizardry employed. They couldn’t have had much of a budget so it’s even more impressive in that respect – some of the effects are eye poppingly good. Even the subtitles were done in an interesting way – no kidding.
I’d seen the director’s name before and it was bugging me why it was ringing a bell – turns out that Timur Bekmambetov directed Wanted – the upcoming Morgan Freeman/Angelina Jolie/James McAvoy action flick. It’s Timur’s first American film. He also recently announced that he might be getting involved in a Knights Templar film (that will get in the way of the completion of more vampire flicks).
There are several more installments to the Night Watch series so I’m sure we’ll be renting them soon (though I think one’s actually in post-production right now).
In any case, if you like vampire/fantasy/horror type films, check out Night Watch. Here’s the English trailer for ya:
If you want to read more about Timur, here’s a couple of links:
A piece on his subtitles (you really need to see them to understand how nifty they are)