May 30, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

Day Watch

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
140 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/01/07
performer
Konstantin Khabensky, Maria Poroshina
director
Timur Bekmambetov
distributor
Fox Searchlight Pictures
author
Timur Bekmambetov
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Action Adventure, Horror
We gave it a B-

Last year’s Night Watch was an almost unwatchably hectic Russian mashup of The Matrix and vampires, with edits so merciless and mythology so thick and Slavic it was as if you were watching a videogame by Tarkovsky. Day Watch, its gentler sequel, is no less nonsensical as it continues the story of ”Light Ones” battling ”Dark Ones” in present-day Moscow. If you don’t take it seriously — i.e., if you’re able to laugh at the notion of a piece of chalk that undoes time — the sequel is a minor wackjob head trip. B-

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