It seems that every filmmaker in the world can get his hands on high-octane CGI effects these days.
But what many of them seem to forget is that there are only two reasons to use CGI: economic concerns that make achieving comparable real-life effects too costly, or a director’s delusion that indiscriminately hurling special effects at the audience will make it forget the plot. The new fantasy-horror epic “Night Watch” embraces every aspect of the latter.
The film, an age-old tale of good versus evil, is the most commercially successful in Russian history. The title refers to a band of vampire peacekeepers patrolling the shadowy streets of modern-day Russia, fighting to maintain a balance between “light” and “dark.” The Night Watch, led by Anton (Konstantin Khabensky), must fight to prevent the forces of darkness from spreading. Countless archetypes and clich