Watched Night Watch last night. It's a Russian horror/action flick in the style of American movies like Blade and Underworld (it even says so on the case!). Like those films, it's all flash and overbearing, gimmicky shots. It's also done in a style that more or less rips off Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Now this type of movie can be fun if you're in the mood for mindless fare, but unfortunately it makes little sense. The plot details the perpetual battle between the forces of light and darkness, centering on the Night Watch, a group of humans and good supernatural beings who keep evil at bay. There is also a Day Watch, but I guess they're being saved for a sequel. Anyway, we have licensed vampires, witches, wereowls, werebears (but he never transforms) and a cursed woman who is somehow connected to a menacing funnel cloud (made up of crows I think) that threatens an airliner (which, as far as I could tell, has no real significance to the story). There is also The Other, a child who could swing the balance in favor of either light or dark. Or something like that. Characters are introduced and hardly used, others disappear with no explanation of what happened to them. Many other things happen that make no sense. And I won't even mention the outrageous bit with the heroes' truck early on. Now I ask you, is it really that hard to tell a story that makes some sort of friggin' sense? Did the filmmakers think we wouldn't notice the bewildering goings-on? How much vodka was consumed on the set? Apparently I'm the only one bothered by the inscrutable plot since the movie has now been optioned for an American remake plus sequels. Night Watch is just-watchable, but it's hard to enjoy it when you're constantly scratching your head and saying WTF? Edit: actually it looks like Fox is just distributing, not remaking, this flick in the U.S., and is co-financing two Russian-made sequels. Pfft.