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NIGHTWATCH

SYNOPSIS:
Martin Bells (Ewan McGregor) is a law student, anxious to supplement his income. The job of a nightwatchman at a large medical institution seems ideal, giving him quiet time to study. But Martinís nights turn to fear and danger when a serial killerís grisly crimes bring the corpses to the morgue. When he gets drawn into a risky relationship with Joyce (Alix Koromzay) by his friend James (Josh Brolin), Martin not only risks his relationship with girlfriend Katherine (Patricia Arquette) but his safety, as Inspector Cray (Nick Nolte) tracks the murderer closer and closer to Martin himself.

"Itís a bit disappointing to note that Steve Soderbergh (Sex, Lies and Videotape) had a hand in this new, bigger budget, English language version of Bornedalís orginally Swedish script. Because the script is not good enough to carry us into the desired thriller genre with any sense of cohesion. The fine cast (including a splendid Brad Dourif in a small but notable supporting role as the Duty Doctor) is limited by situations and devices that, in conforming to the genre, break down the filmís elements into simply that Ė devices. For instance, the Duty Doctor is called when Martin sees a corpse having moved or been moved from the morgue to a corridor. There is no point to this sequence, other than a manipulative device to build audience unease. OK, letís forgive that, but then it should have a pay-off, and it doesnít. The twist is not that novel as to warrant the build up: again, the payoff is not there, and the film is not quirky enough to override this sort of strategy."
Andrew L. Urban

"A suspense thriller starring Nolte, Arquette and McGregor. SOUNDS interesting! Although the film starts with promise, establishing a chilling mood with eerie, flickering lights, sombre music and a stark morgue setting, Nightwatch disintegrates into a murky mess of confusion when the script fails dismally. There have been some wonderful films, (such as Kissed), that canvass the topic of necrophelia, but this writer/directorís obsession with the morgue is not a rewarding experience. Bad miscalculation reveals the serial killer too early, at which time the ensuing events become almost ridiculous. Nolte and McGregor do the very best they can with the material at hand, and there are indeed moments of horror, suspense and repulsion at the proceedings. Brad Dourif and Lauren Graham do a terrific job, both creating haunting, memorable characters that ring true. This genre is not intended to be a feel-good movie, but need it be a feel-bad experience?"
Louise Keller

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NIGHTWATCH (MA)
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CAST: Ewan McGregor, Nick Nolte, Josh Brolin, Patricia Arquette, Alix Koromzay, Lauren Graham, John C. Reilly, Brad Dourif, Lonny Chapman

DIRECTOR: Ole Bornedal

PRODUCER: Michael Obel

SCRIPT: Stephen Soderbergh, Ole Bornedal (based on the film Nattevagten by Bornedal)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Dan Lausten

EDITOR: Sally Menke

MUSIC: Joachim Holbeck

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Richard Hoover

RUNNING TIME: 101 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATE: July 30, 1998 (Sydney only)







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