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An admission of defeat on "Daywatch"

Posted at 4:45 PM on November 12, 2007 by Euan Kerr

I was really looking forward to seeing "Daywatch," the sequel to "Nightwatch" the supercool vampire flick set in modern day Moscow.

The problem is I couldn't keep it all straight. It's been a year and a half since I saw "Nightwatch" and director Timur Bekmambetov is so committed to barreling on through his tale that he makes no attempt to fill in any of the story from the first film.

It's great that he has the confidence that his story is so seared into audience minds, but I am feeling a little old this week, and I was desperately trying to remember who involved with whom from the first film, aided only by the subtitles, which can't do justice to the non-stop dialog. And the move is almost two and half hours long too.

Which is frustrating, because, while it's never possible to say a story about vampires, and other superbeings is realistic, this one seems to have a ring of plausible authenticity. Most other films I would just say 'to heck with it' and find something else to watch. But Bekmambetov's vision of a post apocalyptic Russia is pretty amazing, and worth the effort.

So... if you are going to watch this DVD, make sure you have recently watched "Nightwatch" too.

And soon there will be the third in the trilogy, named possibly "Twilightwatch" or "Duskwatch."


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