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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BY Andreas Heinemann Flicks Writer
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.
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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