Picks and Pans Review: Nightwatch
It was the second close-up of a dead woman's bloody, empty eye socket that pushed me over the edge. According to the movie's plot, her eyes had been scissored out by a serial killer. He had also done unspeakable things to her with a knife. This is how he kills all his victims. "Why?" would seem to be the pertinent question. Not why he does it, but why show him doing it repeatedly in a movie. Ah, but don't ask why. "Explanations are just a fiction to make us feel safe," mutters the lead cop (Nolte) investigating the murders.
Nightwatch, a remake by writer-director Ole Bornedal of his 1994 Danish film Nattevagten is meant to be a psychological thriller but is just plain sickening. Why decent actors like McGregor (Trainspotting) and Nolte signed on is a puzzlement. (R)
Bottom Line: A bloody mess