Nightwatch

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Released 1997

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Director:
Ole Bornedal
Released:
1997
Rating:
R
Nightwatch is an American remake of an edgy thriller that first made its critically acclaimed debut in Denmark. Martin Bells (Ewan McGregor) is a hard-working law student trying to make ends meet. When he sees an advertisement for a nighttime security guard at the local morgue, he takes the job despite advice from his friends. Martin soon discovers that the morgue is storing the mutilated bodies of prostitutes who were victims of a serial killer. As he makes his rounds, he takes the gruesome bodies in stride as part of the job but they become a lot harder to ignore when strange phenomena disrupt his routine. Inspector Thomas Cray (Nick Nolte) soon shows up and finds evidence pointing to Martin who becomes the lead suspect of the killings. Martin has a few ideas of his own about who the real killer is and he must uncover the truth quickly before he ends up in the electric chair.

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Variety Leonard Klady

    The new outing - which retains the essential twists of the original, a hit overseas that was never released Stateside - has been physically enhanced with American production values...

  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Nightwatch spends so much time churning up eerie atmospheric effects that it doesn't have time to develop its preposterous story in which Martin finds himself accused of the murders.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Jack Mathews

    Nightwatch is a seriously overcast B-movie with rote performances from everyone but Brolin, who gives James an edge of danger that says that if he isn't a killer, he will be.

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