Took time to watch these two films again this weekend. Anyone who knows me well, knows I am a sucker for any films that have subtitles. Maybe I am a cinema snob, but really, I do love the sound of other languages and seeing the imagination of other countries at work. I often find Hollywood ideas a little repetitive and predictable, and some films, despite the fact this is the industry i work in, a little too effects driven rather than plot driven and too many of these is like eating too much candy.
These two films are based on the books by Sergei Lukyanenko and some elements have been changed from the book, only to be expected in any film environment i guess, but as I have yet to read them myself I am keen to know what they are (Amazon sellers must love me!) so i ordered the four books from the series.
If you haven’t seen these films, I really do suggest you do, they are atmospheric and smart and the lines between good and bad are nicely blurred. The grand finale in Daywatch is an awesome sight and very nicely executed. I only posted the trailer for the first one as i wouldn’t want to spoil it, besides which you need to see Nightwatch first to make sense of Daywatch anyway.
Fox apparently bought up the rights to the third book, but nothing seems to have been done about it yet, thankfully. Nothing would ruin a Russian Tetralogy more than having half of it in English and that particular half repackaged in bright shiny Americanised newness. I hope the director of the Russian two, Timur Bekmambetov, gets to finish all four books.