Four months ago, I noted a Studio Briefing item on the recent boom in Russian movie-ticket sales, which stated: “The most popular film of the year was a sci-fi thriller titled Night Watch, which set a record for a Russian Film, $30 million. The highest-grossing foreign film in Russia was The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which took in $14 million.”
As a sci-fi buff, I was intrigued to hear of this film — which is not to be confused with either the 1994 Danish thriller of that name or the 1997 remake starring Ewan McGregor and Nick Nolte — and it occurred to me that this might be yet another example of how North American theatres often get the artier films from overseas (like Alexander Sokurov’s Russian Ark or Andrei Zvyagintsev’s The Return) but don’t always get the more popular films.
JAN 27 UPDATE: It will open in mid-February, now. Click here for a trailer that compresses the entire movie into three minutes.