Horror, suspense, and one twisted serial killer make up Nightwatch, a little known movie that takes a while to get started, but once it does, it gets good.
Ewan McGregor (Star Wars: Episode I) stars as a law student who, to pay his way through school, takes a job at the city morgue, where the victims of a serial killer are being sent. He comes in contact with the police detective on the case (Nick Nolte) but ultimately becomes entwined in the serial killer's twisted game, getting blamed for the murders.
Nightwatch starts out really good, as McGregor ventures into the dark recesses of the morgue, where he must cross the freezer-room to make note that he did his rounds. The atmosphere is dark and creepy, and there is definitely a level of suspense. Admittedly, the movie gets really boring for forty-five minutes after that, revealing the sick nature of McGregor's best friend, and introducing the audience to a confused prostitute. The movie really loses track of its focus, and really loses the audience, and then...
Gets back on track in a hurry. The boring sequence that consumes much of the movie turns out to have some small indications of what to come, although you do not really notice until after the fact. The last half hour of Nightwatch is thrilling, suspenseful, and extremely well done, the terror being very realistic. The killer is sick and sadistic, but that makes him all the better.
Nightwatch is a masterfully done movie with great performances and an exciting ending, but the movie really drags on in the middle.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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