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Day Watch (Dnevnoy dozor)
  Release Date: 06/01/07

Starring: Konstantin Khabensky, Mariya Poroshina, Vladimir Menshov, Galina Tunina, Viktor Verzhbitsky

Director: Timur Bekmambetov

Rating: (R)
  Action/Adventure, SciFi/Fantasy, Horror
  Running Time
  132 min
  Fox Searchlight Pictures
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Cars drive up walls, battles clash on city streets, and a creepy kid with a Crispin Glover haircut augurs the apocalypse in this follow-up to the Russian blockbuster Night Watch. The sequel is more expensive and less coherent, with giant effects and a convoluted plot involving a mystical piece of chalk. All that is not nearly as impressive as director Timur Bekmambetov's preternatural gift for finding strange faces and odd personas. His cast of freakish actors holds this mess together when the wheels of the plot go popping off.

Featuring the cinematic vision of cutting-edge director/writer Timur Bekmambetov, "Day Watch" is the next installment in the best-selling sci-fi novels of Sergei Lukyanenko. When the previous installment, "Night Watch," was released in its native Russia in July 2004, it became an instant smash hit breaking all film gross records in post-Soviet history. A dazzling mix of state-of-the-art visual effects, amazing action sequences and nail-biting horror set in contemporary Moscow, "Day Watch" revolves around the conflict and balance maintained between the forces of light and darkness--the result of a medieval truce between the opposing sides.