Nightwatch (1997)

OLE BORNEDAL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1997.  Dimension Films, Michael Obel Productions.  Screenplay by Ole Bornedal, , based on the film Nattevagten by Ole Bornedal.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Stylish thriller can’t get over its clichés enough to really sell its tale, but fans of Ewan McGregor might enjoy it anyway. He plays a university student who takes a job working as the night clerk in the city morgue, a position that promises to be incredibly boring but ends up being lethally dangerous instead. When a serial killer comes stalking the place, filling it with more bodies than are already there, McGregor starts to fall apart from fear, but police and the institution’s doctors think he’s just getting the freaks from the atmosphere of the place. Nick Nolte co-stars as the sympathetic police officer who can’t help but start to suspect McGregor of the murders when the evidence points that way, Patricia Arquette appears as McGregor’s exasperated girlfriend and Josh Brolin is quite disturbing as his out of control best friend. The characters are drawn well and some sequences are incredibly creepy, but the resolution is one-note and far too cheesy a cop-out for what is promised in the film’s first third. Based on the Danish film of the same name, both directed by Ole Bornedal.

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