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Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor)

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Source: Catholic News Service

Visually splashy but violent adaptation of book one of Russian author Sergei Lukyanenko's best-selling fantasy trilogy set in modern Moscow, about a young man (Konstantin Khabensky) drawn into a battle between the forces of light and darkness, whose uneasy millennial truce is threatened by a prophesied child (Dima Martynov) who, in choosing sides, will tip the balance of power forever and usher in the apocalypse. Director Timur Bekmambetov's supernatural smorgasbord incorporates familiar themes of good versus evil, but the surprising pro-life sentiment implicit in several scenes is undercut by the overall gory mayhem and convoluted plot. Much strong but stylized bloody violence, a bathing scene involving brief top female nudity, sorcery and assorted supernatural elements, as well as scattered rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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