Film Screening 10th March, 2006

Poster for Night Watch (Nochnoy dozor)

Night Watch (Nochnoy dozor) 

8:00 PM, 10th March, 2006

  • MA
  • 114 mins
  • 2004
  • Timur Bekmambetov
  • Timur Bekmambetov, Laeta Kalogridis
  • Konstantin Khabensky, Vladimir Menshov, Mariya Poroshina, Valeri Zolotukhin

The forces of Light and Darkness live in an uneasy truce - for a thousand years the night has belonged to the Dark ones while the day belongs to Light. Both watch over one another - Nightwatch working for Light, while Daywatch works for Darkness. But now, that truce is about to be shattered, with ancient prophecies, curses and witchcraft all having their part to play in determining the outcome...

So far, so familiar. Yet theres a distinctly different feeling to this film, possibly due to it being made by Russians, in Russian. The visual effects, in this era where visual effects are commonplace, somehow manage to be strange and new. Nobody seems to have told the filmmakers that an action movie is meant to have one-note ciphers for characters, so instead we get people with a realistic edge to them - scruffy, conflicted and remarkably human.

As the first part of a trilogy, the ending leaves us on a cliff-hanger, but if you stick around during the closing credits you'll get a quick glimpse of what's going to be coming up in the sequel.

Simon Tolhurst

Poster for Into the Blue

Into the Blue 

10:50 PM, 10th March, 2006

  • M
  • 110 mins
  • 2005
  • John Stockwell
  • Matt Johnson
  • Paul Walker, Jessica Alba, Scott Caan, Ashley Scott

Our goodies' are Jared (Walker) and Sam (Alba), who live on a leaky boat in the Bahamas and search for buried treasure, and Jared's friend Bryce (Caan), who flies in from the mainland with a girlfriend (Scott) whom he says he picked up the night before. Luckily for them, on one dive they actually discover priceless sunken treasure; the only problem is, someone else is also after the loot (the 'baddies'), and they'll do anything to get their greedy little hands on it. This description might sound a little abstract, but the movie is actually a lot of fun with a good story to it. The opening scenes are a little deceptive in that Alba's character seems to have wandered over from the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, but then the plot kicks in and things get a whole lot better. Speaking of beautiful things, if you are not a fan Alba then come along to see the amazing underwater cinematography as only the big screen really does it justice.Into the Blue doesn't give the pretence of becoming the next Academy Award winner, and instead faithfully executes its focus - beautiful ocean scenery, beautiful bodies, and a significant degree of tension and action to carry the plot. So if you are an ocean person, have a thing for hidden treasure, and don't mind looking at a scantily clad Jessica Alba, then you are going to get a kick out of this film.

Tamara Lee