Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 4
Rated 5 out of 5 by ymans17 Russian urban fantasy
It has become somewhat of a cliche to automatically consider the movie version of an existing novel to be inferior to its written counterpart. With these two movies, in any case, this is an unfair dismissal.
In terms of the plot, the movies heavily borrow elements from across the series of novels but often details or context vary enough to potentially confuse fans of the books. These differences also mean that readers of the books who then watch the films will not feel "spoiled" by knowing what happens in the end, and vice versa. The films do share the same urban fantasy feel which differentiates Lukyanenko's books from their contemporaries but are also worth watching on their own merits. The acting is fantastic, as is the soundtrack, and the effects more than rival mainstream Hollywood films. As a cautionary note, however, plot elements of the movie can be difficult to understand on the first watching. The film is also originally in Russian so most viewers will require subtitles, although I did not find this detracted from my enjoyment of the films in the slightest.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Daihawk Both movies in russian, didn't understand!Dai
English version of Night Watch freezes thru-out the entire movie. Russian version only of Day Watch.