Geek Culture Comes to Moscow

“According to an old joke, Americans made movies where boy meets girl, boy gets girl, and the Soviets made movies where boy meets tractor, collective farm gets tractor. That joke may now be once and for all buried as the first post-communist Russian blockbuster, Night Watch, opened in Moscow to enormous box office success. American films tend to dominate Russian screens as they do in countries world-wide, but this time, the Russians took a page from Hollywood’s book. Night Watch is part of a trilogy of science fiction films based on the work of popular Russian genre writer Sergei Lukyanenko, and deploying state of the art digital special effects.”