Monday, February 22, 2010

Night Watch

If you're into Buffy the Vampire Slayer (in which case you are probably following the blog), you will probably enjoy Night Watch. It's a 2004 Russian movie. It's set in Moscow, in a world where "others" live among humans. There are Day Others (who have some super-powers - some are shape shifters, others can see the future, etc.) and Night Others (vampires). The Day Others go on Night Watch to ensure that the Night Others don't break the terms of the truce. I haven't seen the second movie (Day Watch), but I presume that the Night Others go on Day Watch for the same purpose. The truce was reached in Medieval times, after a battle during which the Day and Night Others nearly annihilated each other (a lot of "other" in this sentence!), and they realised that neither could win.

I won't tell you about the plot - I don't want to spoil it. It's very gritty and dark, and it's also got great humour (though not every review I've read seems to agree on that), and references to Buffy! It's described as a mix between The Matrix and The Lord of the Rings. If you want to know more about the plot, check out this review.

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