Nightwatch

BB.5

(out of 5)


Stylish thriller can’t get over its clichés enough to really sell its tale, but fans of  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.  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,  appears as McGregor’s exasperated girlfriend and  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.


Dimension Films, Michael Obel Productions

USA, 1997

Directed by

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

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