Day Watch: Director's Cut (3 stars)

Day Watch: Director's Cut

20th Century Fox ((15) 140min)

The second instalment in director Timur Bekmambetov's Russian fantasy horror trilogy (based on the books of Segei Lukyanenko) focuses on a murky world where vampires, wizards and demons are locked in the eternal battle of good vs evil. The truce is once again threatened as both sides scrabble for possession of the Chalk of Fate, which has the power to rewrite history.

It's an exhilarating ride, packed with glossy set-pieces and sophisticated SFX though it does have a tendency to drift into mystic mumbo jumbo. But who cares when the finale whips up a maelstrom of CGI as supernatural forces lay waste to Moscow, a crazed mix of The Matrix and Ghostbusters 2. Bekmambetov loves camera tricks and the twitchy editing can infuriate at times, but more often adds to the frenzied pacing. Be warned, though. Night Watch is essential prior viewing or the denouement will be frankly baffling.

This Director's Cut includes a further eight minutes, with a 'making of' film and trailer as extras. (Henry Northmore)

Day Watch (Dnevnoy Dozor)

  • 3 stars
  • 2006
  • Russia
  • 2h 12min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov
  • Cast: Konstantin Khabensky, Maria Paroshina, Vladimir Menshov

Wild, witty and gory Russian film, with time-travelling vampires and an imminent apocalypse. A man who serves in the war between the forces of Light and Dark comes into possession of a device that could restore life to Moscow.