Watchmen

Watchmen

Zack Snyder (2009)

155min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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-like seediness of Moore's world brilliantly, with the opening credits 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.

Summary

At the height of the Cold War, former superheroes driven into retirement by public outcry are confronted with the murder of one of their number. As they face the possibility of a conspiracy to eliminate them, they must contend with a world edging closer to the brink of nuclear war. Sci-fi drama, based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' graphic novel, starring Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman and Billy Crudup.

Cast & Crew

Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl Patrick Wilson
Walter Kovacs/Rorschach Jackie Earle Haley
Laurie Juspeczyk/Silk Spectre II Malin Akerman
Dr Jon Osterman/Dr Manhattan Billy Crudup
Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias Matthew Goode
Edward Blake/The Comedian Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre Carla Gugino
Edgar Jacobi/Moloch the Mystic Matt Frewer
Director Zack Snyder
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Mar 2009
Drama