Dnevnoy Dozor (2006)
Sequel to Nightwatch picks up sort of around where the last one left off I guess. I watched this movie more than a month ago and there's an assload of stuff going on, so I forget the finer points of the plot.
As far as I recall the dude, Anton (Konstantin Khabensky), who is a Light Other, is framed for the murder of a Dark Other. Meanwhile, he is trying to find a way to spend time with his son (Dima Martynov), the Great Dark Other and his girlfriend (Mariya Poroshina), the Great Light Other. And then there's all this other stuff...
Okay, there's way too much shit going on in this movie, and it tends to devolve into a high calibre car commercial every twenty minutes or so, but it is strangely mesmerizing.
I quite like the mythology of the films (I should probably read the books - I hear they're good) and am willing to am willing to ignore the fact that some aspects of the plot and much of the cultural stuff is completely beyond me for the sake of interesting characters.
Granted, some parts of the film are a little extraneous, other parts a little broad. The film runs a little over two hours which is a really long time to watch one movie (ha, coming from the person who sat around in her pajamas all day to watch the extended version of Lord of the Rings. To be fair, I did not enjoy myself), and I found the ending somewhat unsatisfying, but hey whatever.
I dunno, I just really like the characters for some reason. They're so... normal, and unsexy in a sexy sort of way. I mean, they're all really good looking, but Mariya Poroshina doesn't have to run around in a leather bustier nor does Konstantin Khabensky have to wear a wife beater and constantly show off his pecks to keep the viewer interested.
And there's a lot of action and violence to keep me from getting too bored, so there we go.
Written and Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov based on the novel by Sergei Lukyanenko and Vladimir Vasiliev. Starring: Konstantin Khabensky, Mariya Poroshina, Vladimir Menshov, Viktor Verzhbitsky, Galina Tyunina, Dima Martynov, Zhanna Friske, Aleksei Chadov.