Day Watch

Day Watch

name = Day Watch (Dnevnoi Dozor)

imdb_id = 0409904
writer = Timur Bekmambetov
Sergei Lukyanenko (novel)
starring = Konstantin Khabensky
Aleksei Chadov
Gosha Kutsenko
Igor Lifanov
Zhanna Friske
director = Timur Bekmambetov
producer = Konstantin Ernst
Anatoli Maksimov
distributor = flagicon|Russia Gemini Film flagicon|USA Fox Searchlight Pictures
released = flagicon|Russia January 1, 2006
flagicon|USA June 1, 2007
flagicon|Ireland October 4,
flagicon|UK October 5, 2007
runtime = 132 min.
language = Russian
country = flagicon|Russia Russia
preceded_by = "Night Watch"
budget = USD$4,200,000.
amg_id = 1:349564

"Day Watch" ( _ru. Дневно́й дозо́р, "Dnevnoi Dozor", also known as "Night Watch 2: The Chalk of Fate"), is a Russian fantasy action blockbuster marketed as "the first film of the year", opened in theatres across Russia on January 1, 2006, the U.S. on June 1, 2007 and the UK on October 5, 2007. It is a sequel to the 2004 film "Night Watch", featuring the same cast. It is based on the second and the third part of Sergey Lukyanenko's novel "The Night Watch" rather than its follow-up novel "Day Watch". The film's budget was USD$4.2 million. Fox Searchlight paid $2 million to acquire the worldwide distribution rights (excluding Russia and the Baltic states) of this film. [] [] This film grossed $31.9 million only from Russia box office. [] It is the second part in the Night Watch trilogy, although the third film ("Dusk" or "Twilight Watch") has not yet been produced.


It is New Year's Day of 2006, more than one year after the events of "Night Watch". Anton Gorodetsky, the protagonist of the first film, finds himself in the middle of an approaching conflict between the Light and Dark Others, who are still bound with an uneasy truce. Anton is still a Night Watch operative, now working with his trainee and romantic interest, Svetlana. As his son Yegor has now become a Dark Other, Anton is forced to secretly destroy evidence of Yegor's attacks on normal people, which violates the treaty, leaving the Night Watch unable to sentence Yegor.

To redeem for his previous mistake, an attempt to use a witch's service to kill the unborn Yegor (shown in the beginning of the first film), Anton seeks the legendary Chalk of Fate, a magical chalk that could rewrite history, which was once Tamerlane's property and one of the main reasons for his numerous military successes.

Meanwhile, Zavulon, the leader of the Dark Others and their Day Watch, is waiting for Yegor's birthday. At the birthday, Yegor would become a Great Other and acquire the power that would allow the Dark Others to break the treaty (which is only supported because the Others fear that the two sides will destroy each other). Zavulon's gratitude to Anton for covering Yegor's violations of the treaty doesn't stop him and the Day Watch from attempting to frame Anton for murder and bring him in front of the Inquisition. They succeed, despite the efforts made by Gesser, the head of the Night Watch, to protect Anton from the Dark Others by putting him in Olga's body. While in her body, Svetlana confesses that she loves Anton to the person she thinks is Olga, which pushes their relationship forward. This happens despite Svetlana's initial anger at Anton for not telling her that he was in Olga's body.

Anton obtains the Chalk of Fate from its hiding place in a Central Asian cafe in Moscow and uses it to summon Yegor. They initially get on well, but Yegor is resentful when Anton refuses his request to patch things up with Yegor's mother. Anton puts his large coat on Yegor, who seems to be cold, and leaves to order food. At this time, Svetlana rings Anton's mobile, which he left in the pocket of the coat, and Yegor, angry at her intrusion into his relationship with his absentee father, yells at her, "He has a family. We don't need you." He smashes the phone and leaves with the chalk, which he takes to Zavulon. Zavulon cannot use or even touch the Chalk, because doing so would be a direct violation of the treaty, so he has Yegor give it to his minion/lover Alisia to do with as she wishes, although it is implied that Zavulon knows what she will do with it.

Yegor's birthday party begins soon after that; the guests are Dark Others (some of them are Russian pop stars), although Anton makes his way to the party as Yegor's father to expose the real perpetrator of the murder he has been charged with - his vampire neighbor, Kostya's father. He is unable, however, to avert a disaster: as Svetlana rushes to the party to find Anton, Yegor confronts her. She tries to avoid a conflict but Yegor repeatedly challenges her and expresses resentment at her relationship with his father; Svetlana accidentally strikes Yegor and spills a drop of his blood, which Zavulon interprets as a violation of the Treaty and thus uses as a pretense to declare all-out war on the Light Ones.

Yegor, now a Great Other, unleashes an apocalypse upon Moscow, killing most of the guests and blinding Svetlana. The city is nearly destroyed, starting with the Ostankino Tower; a fierce battle between the Light and Dark Others follows, with few survivors on either side. In the midst of the chaos, Anton, who survives, finds Alisia who is trying to revive her dead lover, Kostya, but without success. She cannot revive him because her actions did not cause his death. The scene implies the user of the Chalk can only change decisions that he or she made, not anyone else's. Anton convinces Alisia to give him the Chalk so that he can prevent the destruction of Moscow and the deaths of scores of Others, but is almost immediately caught by a panicked Svetlana and an enraged Yegor. The two Great Others fight for Anton, but nearly kill him in the process. Saved at the last minute by Gesser, Anton runs through the ruins of Moscow to the house where he, thirteen years ago, made his visit to the witch — the visit that caused the entire sequence of events, starting Anton's own initiation into the Night Watch. Anton writes "NO" (нет, pronounced "nyet") on a wall in this house. Moscow reverts to its normal, undemolished state and the film returns to 1992 and the first scene of "Night Watch".

In the epilogue, as a result of the Chalk's influence, Anton rethinks his deal with the witch, and therefore never inadvertently agrees to harm his wife's unborn child, who would have been Yegor. He walks out of the house and into the street, where he meets Svetlana. Zavulon and Gesser watch them from a park bench, eager to see if Anton will recognize Svetlana, despite now having never met her because of the rewriting of history. Gesser's prediction turns out to be accurate; despite not knowing how or why, Anton recognizes Svetlana and they walk off together, implicitly striking up a less harried relationship than the one they have/had in the first two films.


*Konstantin Khabensky as "Anton"
*Mariya Poroshina as "Svetlana"
*Vladimir Menshov as "Geser"
*Galina Tyunina as "Olga"
*Viktor Verzhbitsky as "Zavulon"
*Zhanna Friske as "Alisa"
*Dmitry Martynov as "Yegor"
*Aleksei Chadov as "Kostya"
*Valeri Zolotukhin as "Kostya's Father"
*Nurzhuman Ikhtymbayev as "Zoar"
*Aleksei Maklakov as "Semyon"
*Aleksandr Samojlenko as "Bear"
*Gosha Kutsenko as "Ignat"
*Irina Yakovleva as "Galina Rogova"
*Yegor Dronov as "Tolik"


Roughly 20 visual effects vendors were utilized for the 800 shots using visual effects, compared to "Night Watch"'s 400 effects; the main studio was the visual effects supervisor Vladimir Leschinski's Dr. Picture Studios. It took about a year to complete the visual effects.cite web|url=|title="Day Watch": Russian VFX Comes of Age|author=Desowitz, Bill|date=2007-06-01|accessdate=2008-03-29|work=VFX World]


According to Channel One (producer of film), by January 4, 2006 about two million people in Russia and CIS had already watched the movie. The release of the film across Russia was timed for the long holiday period (from January 1 through January 9) and created demand among the ticket-buying public unprecedented in the post-Soviet period. Gemini Film states that preliminary assessment for "Day Watch" box office by June 25, 2006 is $31,965,087.

Russian vs North American releases

One of the key differences between the North American release and the Russian original is that while they both open with a particular sequence, the North American version is truncated.
* Anton and Anatoly play basketball in the computer room.
* Alisa visits Galina Rogova's little daughter to find out if she saw Gorodetsky.
* Anton calls his ex-wife (Yegor's mother) to find out where Yegor is.
* In the subway, Anton escapes from the pursuing Dark Others by jumping into a running train. The pursuers kill a night guard who tries to stop them.
* At the party Anton grabs a microphone from a singer and starts singing Communist songs.
* Yegor is trying to suck out life's force of Svetlana through the needle he put into her at the beginning.

In addition, there are many trims of existing scenes and excised lines. Also, there are some cuts for violence, e.g. Yegor pouring a pot of hot sausages over a vendor and Anton's brutal beating by the security guard.


The Unrated DVD is the same as the Russian release of the DVD.

See also

*Night Watch Movie
*List of characters in the "Night Watch" universe

External links

* [ Official Russian website]
* [ Gemini Film official Russian website]
* [ Fox Searchlight official US website] , including links to high-resolution trailers
* [ Fox Searchlight official international website (UK)] , including clips and trailers
* [ Official Day Watch Blog]
*rotten-tomatoes|id=day_watch|title=Day Watch
*imdb title|id=0409904|title=Day Watch (Dnevnoy dozor)


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