Day Watch

January 1st, 2006


Day Watch

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A man who serves in the war between the forces of Light and Dark comes into possession of a device that can restore life to Moscow, which was nearly destroyed by an apocalyptic event.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 6.5/10 (18,540 voted)

Critic's Score: 59/100

Director: Timur Bekmambetov

Stars: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Mariya Poroshina, Vladimir Menshov

Anton belongs to the Forces of the Light as well as his powerful girlfriend and apprentice, but his son is a powerful teenager from the Darkness and Anton protects him. When the balance between Light and Darkness is affected by the death of some evil vampires, Anton is framed and accused of the murders, and he chases an ancient chalk that has the power of changing the destiny of its owner.

Writers: Timur Bekmambetov, Sergey Lukyanenko

Konstantin Khabenskiy - Anton
Mariya Poroshina - Svetlana
Vladimir Menshov - Geser
Galina Tyunina - Olga
Viktor Verzhbitskiy - Zavulon
Zhanna Friske - Alisa
Dmitriy Martynov - Yegor (as Dima Martynov)
Valeriy Zolotukhin - Kostya's Father
Aleksey Chadov - Kostya
Nurzhuman Ikhtymbayev - Zoar
Aleksey Maklakov - Semyon
Aleksandr Samoylenko - Bear (Medved)
Yuriy Kutsenko - Ignat (as Gosha Kutsenko)
Irina Yakovleva - Galina Rogova
Georgiy Dronov - Tolik (as Yegor Dronov)

Taglines: First film of the year


Official Website: 20th Century Fox [France] | Author Lukyanenko's Official "Dnevnoy dozor" Forum [Russia] |

Release Date: 1 January 2006

Filming Locations: Almaty, Kazakhstan

Box Office Details

Budget: $4,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: RUR 160,887,453 (Russia) (8 January 2006)

Gross: $450,686 (USA) (29 July 2007)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (unrated version)  | Spain: (DVD edition)  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

Anton is seen jumping through an advertising of the film 9th Company, the previous record holder at Russia's theatrical box-office.

Continuity: When Anton (In Olga's body) opens the shower curtain when Svetlana is screaming for him to leave, the next shot is of Svetlana holding the shower curtain closed and screaming at him.

[first lines]
Narrator: Why does the wind blow? It wipes the tracks where we have passed. So that no one can tell, whether we still exist.

User Review

Very good; shame a lot of references will be lost on Western audiences

Rating: 9/10

Well, I watched Day Watch with my American girlfriend in a St. Petersburg cinema a few hours ago, and we both enjoyed it. The relatively huge success of of the first episode obviously allowed the producers to pump more cash into this second installment, and it shows throughout the film. The CG sequences are slicker and more impressive, and so is pretty much everything else, including the consistently confident directing. Even the fact that the premise is so annoyingly weak doesn't spoil the fun as much as it did in the first film.

As a Russian though, the thing I liked best was the unmistakable Russian-ness of the movie. As far as film-making is concerned, I don't normally mean that as a compliment, but with Day Watch it is different. While it can definitely appeal to a wider international audience (my girlfriend, albeit a bit of a Russophile, is an indication of that), it is at the same time literally packed with all sorts of clever wordplay and references to various realities of Russian life, ranging from political satire to hilariously blatant product placement.

Even though I can enjoy a less obnoxious art-house film every now and then, on the whole I prefer clever commercial movies, and Day Watch falls into that category very neatly.


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