Based on Alan Moore’s graphic novel, considered one of the best graphic novel about superheroes, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed heroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the ‘Doomsday Clock’ - which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union - is permanently set at five minutes to midnight.... More

When one of his former colleagues is murdered (The Comedian - hence the smiley-face logo with the blood stain on the poster), the washed up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion - a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers - Rorschach discovers a disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity... but who is watching the Watchmen?Hide

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So the wait is over and the hype can subside because the most eagerly anticipated movie of 2009 has arrived. Based on the graphic novel considered the Citizen Kane of its field (the 'best of the best' for those who don’t speak movie geek) its big-screen counterpart might be closer to Ben Hur, in that it’s a kingsized spectacle that fits in jaw-dropping moments wherever it can. ... More

More a tangled web of character studies than your trusty good-versus-evil square off, it's as interested in getting you inside the minds of its unique creations as pitching them into battle. Flashbacks are as important as fight scenes, and while the latter still produce the odd highlight, so do political satire and cyber fetishism.

Watchmen is better when it’s playing up its weirdness and dense layers of meaning, while the visual effects are most impressive as moments of stillness, with the sensationalised violence acting like punctuation. This approach doesn’t make for the most cohesive story, but the best bits happen on such an epic scale that it’s easy to forgive the film its flaws. It’s so ambitiously epic in scope that glitches are almost inevitable.

See this eye-popping experience on the biggest screen you can. All that CGI must have cost a lot of money.Hide

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I wouldn't rank it as one of the best on either paper or film but the movie was way better than I expected.

I read the comics years ago so couldn't remember what happened until half-way through: the ending is still the weakest part of the whole story.

The sense of mystery in the paper version was largely lost because the movie spends a lot of time developing pathos and engagement with the characters. That works in Rorshach's favour as that character really has major impact.

A big ups for DC for making this for the big screen. My five stars go to Dr Manhattan and his lack of modestly - or should that go to the special fx guy who rendered him so anatomically correct.

Over all I liked this flick. There was an overall unexpected 'adultness' about it that caught me off guard in many instances and kept on surprising me until the 2 and a half hour mark. Lots of action and cool plotlines. Not so many actual cool powers. **Spoiler** but theres a well built blue dude who has his penis swinging in the wind just about every time you see him, and the times he doesnt he wears a G- String with a nice bulge in it, and the other characters never bat an eyelid, ... More Hilarious. Dont take your kids....Hide

One star reviews sit alongside 5 star reviews... I was worried it was all hype and bullshit, but it totally rocked. I haven't read the book and it didn't matter at all, it's not hard to follow at all. Great plot, fun characters, a great night out.

This film and Dark Knight are the product of a new era of superhero films. Please support it as these are the types of movies that should be watched and become box office hits. This or support spoofs and instead of having a good movie each year you'll have a bad spoof. I seriously don't know how they always became hits with very low reviews though luckily people learned with Disaster Movie. So this or Spoofs. Seriously

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The Press Reviews

  • Okay, it isn’t the graphic novel, but Zack Snyder clearly gives a toss, creating a smart, stylish, decent adaptation, if low on accessibility for the non-convert. Full Review

  • As stimulating as it was to see the superhero movie enter the realm of crime fiction in "The Dark Knight," "Watchmen" enters into a realm that is both nihilistic and campy. The two make odd companions. The film, directed by Zack Snyder ("300"), will test the limits of superhero movie fans. If you're not already invested in these characters because of the original graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, nothing this movie does is likely to change that predicament. Full Review

  • Travelling towards us with the agonising speed of an incoming meteor we’ve stared at for fully 23 years, Watchmen finally hits the screen as something fanboys could only have dreamed of: a labour-of-love epic, stylish, violent and very, very faithful. Full Review

  • I loved this book, and while the movie failed overall to match the enormous impact the original story had on me that was always going to be a big ask. The world is ready for Watchmen, and I'll certainly be lining up to watch the Watchmen again. Full Review

  • Fans of Alan Moore’s landmark graphic novel, concerning a ring of Gotham superheroes brought out of retirement by an impending nuclear threat, will thrill to every pulpy line of dialogue and bloody act of retribution retained in director Zack Snyder’s slavishly faithful adaptation. But auds unfamiliar with Moore’s brilliantly bleak, psychologically subversive fiction may get lost amid all the sinewy exposition and multiple flashbacks. Full Review

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