Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Waiting for the Night Watch

I can't wait to see Night Watch. If you don't know, it's a Russian film set in modern-day Moscow and is about the battle between the forces of light and darkness. Over a thousand years ago, the two armies signed a truce and ever since, the forces of light have controlled the day while the forces of darkness claim the night. The hero is one of the light guys who actually operates at night, trying to keep the dark guys (vampires) under control.

It was record-breaking in it's popularity when it was first released in Russia a couple of years ago, though American critics are divided about it. The film's got a dark, creepy look to it though, and it seems to be more adventure-oriented than something that tries to disturb with horrific imagery, and those are both positives for me. "Shocking" imagery has lost it's effectiveness on me; I'd much rather see someone artistically kicking vampire booty.

The movie goes into limited release in the U.S. this weekend. Unfortunately, the Twin Cities aren't part of that wave, so I'll have to wait until March 3rd like the rest of the country.

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