Watchmen

  • 18
  • Zack Snyder (2009)
  • US
  • 155 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This long-awaited adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's seminal comic-book mini-series is less faithful than totally obsessive - a fanboy's love letter to a complex, adult work that deconstructed the American superhero myth on its original publication in 1986. Lifting whole frames from the source material, director Zack Snyder (300, Man of Steel) delivers a dark, violent epic set in an alternative 1980s in which America was victorious in Vietnam, Nixon remains president and masked crime-fighters have been outlawed by legislation. It's here that brutal and obsessive mystery man Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) investigates the murder of former "mask" The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and unravels a complex conspiracy involving quantum superman Dr Manhattan (Billy Crudup). Hyper-stylised visuals capture the noir-style seediness of Moore's world brilliantly, with the opening credit scene a tour-de-force scene-setter for the events that follow. Those unfamiliar with the work may be completely bewildered, but stick with it - this is a bold and uncompromising take on one of the genre's sacred cows that stands up to repeat viewings.

Plot Summary

Adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's superhero graphic novel, starring Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson and Jackie Earle Haley. In an alternative 1985, America is on the brink of nuclear war with Russia and costumed superheroes have been outlawed, forcing most into retirement. When one of their own is murdered, the former crime-fighting vigilantes come together once again but they uncover a plot far bigger than they ever imagined.

Cast and crew

Cast

Laurie Jupiter / "Silk Spectre II"
Malin Akerman
"Dr Manhattan" / Jon Osterman
Billy Crudup
Adrian Veidt / "Ozymandias"
Matthew Goode
Rorschach
Jackie Earle Haley
Edward Blake / "Comedian"
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Dan Dreiberg / "Nite Owl" [II]
Patrick Wilson
Sally Jupiter / "Silk Spectre"
Carla Gugino
Edgar Jacobi / Moloch the Mystic
Matt Frewer
Hollis Mason / Nite Owl
Stephen McHattie
Janey Slater
Laura Mennell
Wally Weaver
Rob LaBelle
Richard Nixon
Robert Wisden
Big Figure
Danny Woodburn
Mothman
Niall Matter
Dollar Bill
Dan Payne
Silhouette
Apollonia Vanova
John F Kennedy
Brett Stimely
Jackie Kennedy
Carrie Genzel

Crew

Director
Zack Snyder

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Paramount
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 6 Mar 2009
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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