In 2005, a sequel to the famous "Night Watch" of 2004 was released - Timur Bekmambetov's "Day Watch", becoming a real gift for fans of science fiction and proving to skeptics that Russian cinema is capable of creating wonderful things that are quite comparable with the best examples of Western science fiction cinema.
The film "Day Watch" by Russian director Timur Bekmambetov was released in 2005. It was one of the most anticipated and fully justified the hopes of fans of Russian science fiction. The total box office receipts of the second part of "Dozorov" exceeded 1 billion (which happened for the first time in the history of Russian cinema) with a budget of more than four million rubles.
Kinopoisk shows a not too high rating for today - about six. But the number of viewers and the box office speak for themselves. "Day Watch", like its predecessor "Night Watch", has received many awards and rather high marks from film critics, including foreign ones.
Several people became the producers of "Day Watch" at once, including Konstantin Ernst, Varya Avdyushko and Alexei Kublitsky. The director and co-author of the script was the creator of the first part, Timur Bekmambetov.
The film also has more than one artist. Several people were responsible for the visual part of the picture at once: Varya Avdyushko, Andrey Chagin, Valery Viktorov. The operator is the same as in the first part, Sergei Trofimov, and the editor is Dmitry Kiselev. The composer of all the main themes of both films is Yuri Poteeenko, a famous musician of Russian cinema, but in addition to his compositions, songs by contemporary Russian performers were used in Dozory.
Wikipedia claims that the plot of the film is seriously different from the content of the novel, and it is indeed different. The author of the original novel, famous Russian science fiction writer Sergei Lukyanenko, and director Bekmambetov also worked on the script. Lukyanenko says that the film-dilogy tells an alternative version of the fate of the main character of "Patrols" Artem Gorodetsky. But the main thing was preserved - the idea, characters, concept.
The story revolves around an ancient artifact called the Chalk of Fate. According to legend, he can rewrite a person's life. Tamerlane was the person who took advantage of the relic, creating a great destiny for himself. According to the same legend, after the death of the great conqueror, Mel rests in his grave.
Meanwhile, in Moscow, the confrontation between the two patrols continues. The son of Artyom Gorodetsky grew up and took the side of evil, doing terrible things, and some events almost cause a magical war in which all of humanity can die.
Artyom decides to find Mel in order to rewrite his son's lot. However, he soon learns that only his own destiny can be changed. Others do not know this, and Mel constantly changes hands - he is stolen, taken away, lured out, and each "owner" is trying to change the world and correct his own and other people's mistakes. In the end, the artifact again falls into the hands of Gorodetsky, the only one who guessed what and where to write in order to avoid the terrible events of recent years.
1. Anton Gorodetsky is the main character on which the whole story is tied. His personal tragedy becomes the starting point of the nearly accomplished Apocalypse. He is a participant in all events and a "battlefield" for the highest magicians of the dark and light forces. The role of Gorodetsky was played by the Russian film and theater actor Konstantin Khabensky, who was born in the winter of 1972 in Leningrad.
After leaving school, Konstantin studied for three courses at the instrument-making aviation technical school, and then dropped out. He went through many works, until one day he was in the theater and fell in love with acting.In 1990 he entered the theatrical institute of Leningrad, during his student days he played many major roles on stage, made his film debut in 1994.
Fame came to the actor after he became a member of the cast of the series "Deadly Power", and since then Khabensky has been constantly filming with eminent directors. The transition from dramatic to comic roles is easy for him, and according to viewers, he is the most popular actor in Russian cinema of the 21st century.
2. The great sorceress Svetlana, the love of Gorodetsky, was embodied by the actress Maria Poroshina. She was born in the capital in 1973 into a theatrical family; as a child, she studied music, dance and rhythmic gymnastics. She entered the Moscow Art Theater, but was expelled and decided to study the acting profession more deeply at the courses at the theater school. Shchukin, and then became an actress of the Sergei Vinogradov Theater, where she made her debut in 2000. Maria first appeared in cinema in 1999, and today she is one of the most sought-after actresses in Russian cinema.
3. The head of the entire night watch, the wise and just Geser, was played by Vladimir Menshov, an honored art worker, actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He was born in the fall of 1939 in Baku, in 1961 he entered the Moscow Art Theater, then completed his postgraduate studies in directing at VGIK, and in 1981 he received an Oscar from the American Academy of Arts for the cult Soviet film Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears, his third film, where he directed. Menshov still works in cinematography, filming, producing films, playing various roles and creating scripts. He has a huge list of awards and titles, including foreign ones.
4. The unusual sorceress, Geser's beloved Olga, was played by Galina Tyunina, Honored Artist of Russia. She was born in the fall of 1967 in a town called Bolshoi Kamen. Since childhood, Galina performed on the stage of the children's theater, and in 1988 she entered GITIS.
Galina is more of a theater actress, widely known among fans of live performances. Today she is the prima of Pyotr Fomenko's theater, and her filmography is relatively small. Tyunina has many theatrical awards. She is engaged in dubbing, filming in films and is constantly busy in the most high-profile performances, collaborates with the Saratov Theater and performs in Moscow.
5. Semyon, the cheerful driver of the Night Watch car, was played by Alexei Maklakov, an actor who needs no introduction. He was born in the winter of 1961 in the capital, then the family moved to Novosibirsk. Alexey graduated from the Novosibirsk Theater School and soon became a permanent actor in many Russian popular films and TV series.
6. Agent "Night Watch" Ignat was played by another star Russian actor Gosha Kutsenko, born in 1967. He was born in the Ukrainian Zaporozhye, in the family of the Minister of the Radio Industry. In the early 90s he graduated from the Moscow Art Theater and began working in cinema, theater, trying himself as a designer. In 2016, Kutsenko announced the end of his acting career in connection with plans to become a director.
7. "Changeling" Ilya, nicknamed "The Bear", was played by Alexander Samoilenko, a famous actor, director, producer, restaurateur and radio host. He was born in 1964 in Tashkent, graduated from the Shchukin Theater School, worked as an administrator in the theater, and then opened his own workshop for the production of scenery. Then there was a transition to the restaurant business, and at the same time, the actor is actively engaged in creative activities to this day, collaborating with the capital's theaters and film studios.
8. Tolik, "computer genius" of "Night Watch" - this role went to Georgy Dronov, a Russian theater and film actor and director born in 1971. He is a serial actor, known for his role as Alexander in the project "Sasha + Masha". Acted as the director of the series "Happy Together" and one of the creators of the show "Voronin".
9. The shape-shifting Tiger Cub, the Bear's beloved, was played by Anna Slya, a Russian actress. "Slyu" is her stage name, Anna's full surname is Slyusareva.Born in 1981, she dreamed of making music, but then realized that she wanted to become an actress. The role of the Tiger Cub in "Patrols" is the fourth work of Anna in the cinema, which made her famous.
1. People's Artist of the Russian Federation Viktor Verzhbitsky perfectly embodied in the film the image of a real demon, the head of the "Day Watch" of Zabulon. He was born in Tashkent in 1959, entered the theater institute there, where he studied with Bekmambetov. It was Timur who opened the way for him to the cinema, making him a recognizable actor, but Victor owed his success solely to his brilliant talent.
2. Alice, the love of Zabulon, was played by the famous Russian pop star Zhanna Friske, a member of the "Brilliant" musical group until 2003, and then performing in solo projects for 10 years. In 2015, Jeanne died of cancer.
3. Kostya Saushkin, a young vampire whom Alice fell in love with, was embodied on the screen by the Russian film and theater actor Alexei Chadov, born in 1981. After graduating in 2003 from the theater school. Shchepkina, Alexey has come to grips with his film career. Now, in 2019, he is filming in two projects that have not yet been released on screens: Oracle and Operation Valkyrie.
4. Kostya's father, Valery Saushkin, was played by the legendary Soviet and Russian actor Valery Zolotukhin. He was born in Altai in 1941, graduated from GITIS, became an actor of the Taganka Theater, and then its artistic director. He tried to take part in the political life of the country as a member of the Fair Russia party, but due to illness he could not continue this activity. Died in 2013 due to a brain tumor.
5. The role of a werewolf parrot named Gosha was played by Igor Lifanov, an actor born in 1965. He made his film debut in 1991 in the crime drama Marked, and then every year he starred in various projects of Russian cinema.