Zack Snyder (2009)

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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.


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

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
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