Russia’s over-caffeinated vampire twist on The Matrix continues with this second installment from writer-director Timur Bekmambetov. Once again, good Others and bad Others battle each other unbeknownst to most of humanity, and this time the world is even closer to being at stake. I don’t think being able to speak Russian would even help me to explain why.
Bekmambetov has a certain, Hollywood-influenced visual flair – at times Day Watch feels like watching a pirated and poorly dubbed Michael Bay movie that you bought at a street market in Moscow. His main original touch is to speed up the camera zooms, flash pans and jump cuts so that you’re left in a constant state of agitation. The end result nearly gave me a seizure (and, movie-wise, I don’t seizure lightly).