A massive hit in Russia and a cult favourite elsewhere, Timur Bekmambetov's 'Night Watch' introduced us to the 'Others', supernaturally powered forces of light and dark living under an uneasy truce in modern-day Moscow. Now, three years and many millions at the box office later, we have the sequel, an action film as odd as it is imaginative.

Returning from the first film, 'Light Other' Anton Gorodetsky (Khabensky) is still working the Night Watch, keeping the vampiric 'Dark Others' at bay and training in supremely gifted new recruit Svetlana (Poroshina). Aside from matters of the heart involving his student, Anton also has to deal with the fact that his son Yegor (Martynov) has thrown in his lot with the dark side. But Anton's problems get even worse when he's framed for murder - suddenly the truce looks very shaky indeed.

That's a very, very brief outline of the storyline - 'Day Watch' is noodle-like in its plotting and if you haven't seen the first film chances are you'll find yourself more puzzled than entertained. Whether some things have been lost in translation it's hard to tell, but there's no denying that 'Day Watch's scenes of heavy emotion are more rib-tickling than heart-rending.

While the mixture of melodrama and mayhem isn't convincing, director Bekmambetov stays in the good books with some bonkers action sequences on the streets of Moscow and a finale that makes up for some serious dips in the pacing along the way.

This is an acquired taste, but some will be more than eager for third helpings.

Harry Guerin