Watchmen

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Watchmen

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.

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?

2009Rating: R16, contains violence, offensive language & sex scenes163 minsUSA
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Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

flicks

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.

4.0
0

Really enjoyable

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...

4.0
0

so anatomically correct

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.

5.0
0

Review

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.

5.0
0

See the watchmen or watch him

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...

5.0
0

See the watchmen or watch him

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...

5.0
0

Who is watching the Watchmen unfortunately I was

Watching this film I could just see the die hard fans squirming in there undies at convention screenings there dreams finally realised that now the whole world will know the genius of there much loved graphic novel. Alas after what felt like an eternity of back-story, well posed group hero still shots and nuclear war threats I kind of felt the genius was...

1.0
0

A strange and beautiful must-see movie!

And I mean beautiful in the broadest sense, stylisticailly, eccentrically, philosophically, violently, erotically, dramatically, and heart-wrenchingly - this film is STUNNING!!! Finally a comic book film that respects its adult audience. Have not felt this particular sensory rush since I saw 'The Matrix' in the cinemas. Go witness the beginnings of a cult...

4.0
0

Review

I went to see this much anticipated adaptation of Allen Moore's graphic novel the Watchmen last night and end in the end I walked away thinking at first that it was very choppy and and not very well done and it did not look like one of Zack Snyder's best work's. The visual effects were outstanding as were the Soundtrack . The actor's performance's were...

2.0
0

Watch the Watchman

Oh my gosh what was that! I can say what it was: Bloody, violent, stunning (visuals), a pleasure for your ears (Soundtrack) and mind. There wasnt a second where you could close your eyes its one peace of ongoing story telling with some really good performances of some actors. Who ever thinks that he/she loves action movies should watch Watchman.

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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.

4.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

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.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

4.0
0
Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

flicks

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.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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.

4.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

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.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

4.0
0

Really enjoyable

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...

4.0
0

so anatomically correct

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.

5.0
0

Review

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.

5.0
0

See the watchmen or watch him

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...

5.0
0

See the watchmen or watch him

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...

5.0
0

Who is watching the Watchmen unfortunately I was

Watching this film I could just see the die hard fans squirming in there undies at convention screenings there dreams finally realised that now the whole world will know the genius of there much loved graphic novel. Alas after what felt like an eternity of back-story, well posed group hero still shots and nuclear war threats I kind of felt the genius...

1.0
0

A strange and beautiful must-see movie!

And I mean beautiful in the broadest sense, stylisticailly, eccentrically, philosophically, violently, erotically, dramatically, and heart-wrenchingly - this film is STUNNING!!! Finally a comic book film that respects its adult audience. Have not felt this particular sensory rush since I saw 'The Matrix' in the cinemas. Go witness the beginnings of a cult...

4.0
0

Review

I went to see this much anticipated adaptation of Allen Moore's graphic novel the Watchmen last night and end in the end I walked away thinking at first that it was very choppy and and not very well done and it did not look like one of Zack Snyder's best work's. The visual effects were outstanding as were the Soundtrack . The actor's performance's were...

2.0
0

Watch the Watchman

Oh my gosh what was that! I can say what it was: Bloody, violent, stunning (visuals), a pleasure for your ears (Soundtrack) and mind. There wasnt a second where you could close your eyes its one peace of ongoing story telling with some really good performances of some actors. Who ever thinks that he/she loves action movies should watch Watchman.

5.0
0