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The apocalyptic sci-fi thriller Day Watch (aka Dvevnoy Dozor, 2006) constitutes the second installment in a planned supernatural trilogy by Russian director Timur Bekmambetov. As preceded by 2004's blockbuster Night Watch and followed by Twilight Watch, this sophomore film picks up on the byzantine tale of a world where, centuries ago, the powers of light (representing goodness) and the powers of darkness (representing evil) called a truce. Each side set up a law-enforcement team to guard and monitor the other's activities -- the powers of darkness established and controlled the Day… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Narrative incoherence continues to reign supreme."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Madly over-plotted, with overlapping time frames and puzzling sub-plots, it makes no concessions to neophytes."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Visually, it mixes a gritty reality with eye-popping horror-fantasy, but the story short-circuits the film by adding a level of incomprehensibility, particularly in its second half."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"... a mindless muddle - loud, slowly paced, and overdone; in other words, it is exactly like a bad Hollywood blockbuster, except for the subtitles."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"There's a lot more to make your eyes goggle, too, as the Watches chase each other up, down and under the streets of Moskva."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"Although more flashily assembled, pic's relentless onslaught charms less over a running time almost 25 minutes longer."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"[Director] Bekmambetov is a reckless and juvenile storyteller with a regrettable knack for empty spectacle."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Let's hope the humor is intentional; it's frankly hard to tell."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Day watch is nonsense. But it's glorious nonsense."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"mporei to epiko toy pragmatos na einai telika perissotero sto kefali ton synteleston opos kai i idea oti kanoyn kati megalytero apo holigoyntiano mplokmpaster, alla pantoy diakrineis ayti tin periergi slabiki ithiki kai se arketes periptoseis tin ieri tre"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Day Watch deploys head-spinning cinematography and cool special effects. It's a trippy affair, even if it's just about impossible to track."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It delivers more cutting-edge eye candy but defies any attempt at understanding."
‑ Peter Debruge, Miami Herald
"Watch's supernatural police and Bekmambetov's rich visual palette give the film enough strength at least to throw a couple elbows to set itself apart from other nameless films with plenty of effects, but little vision."
‑ Jason Morgan,
"While it's not as good as the first film, Day Watch is a nice alternative to the American horror flicks that have been polluting the cinemas this year."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"As ornate as a high class Russian samovar, Day Watch continues the battle between Light and Dark in Timur Bekmambetov's unmistakable high octane fashion."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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