`Night' is an outlandish, but appealing, fantasy

March 03, 2006|By MICHAEL SRAGOW | MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

The smash Russian fantasy Night Watch arrives here with its graphic potency intact and a rush of inventive subtitles that ramp up its comic-book-like energy - when vampires summon their latest victim, the letters run red and trail off in wispy streams of blood.

The plot depicts one of those never-ending battles that start in antiquity and persist to the present day.

Night Watch (Fox Searchlight) Starring Konstantin Khabensky, Vladimir Menshov, Maria Poroshina and Galina Tunina. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Rated R. Time 116 minutes.

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