In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so uncover a sinister plot that puts all of humanity in grave danger.
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I hated, absolutely hated this graphic novel. I remember a member of the youth group I was helping out with, told me to read it because it was the best comic he ever read…I regret listening to him. It was pretentious and boring, so very boring, although it did have an interesting story idea. I actually was reading it while waiting in line for the midnight showing of The Dark Knight with the very same guy who recommended it. We went into the theater and the trailer for the following year’s release of Watchmen was attached. It blew me away. It looked fantastic and was one of the best trailers that year. When I finally got to see the movie, to me, it blew the graphic novel away. Went too far in some of its graphic scenes for sure, but when I walked out of the movie I was still thinking about its themes and the moral questions it raised. I like thinking about a movie when I am not only entertained but my mind is sparked with interest on what it was about.
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this film is amazing better than batman the dark knight. o.o
people complain so much about how the films based on games or comics don't stay true or change things around abit. well someone decided to listen and try it out and guess what, the watchmen is probably the most truest film to anything then any other film (if that makes sense) and yet people still complain, all i say is put a sock in it this movie is dam good and the director Zack Synder has not failed yet with any of his movies, hes going to be a class A director once he cuts down on the slow motion shots.
This film was noted as being the first "R" rated superhero film created. Well if you don't count The Punisher and Blade than it is. The story taken from the uncredited Alan Moore is a modern masterpiece, most famous for being added on Time Magazine's 100 best book list.
I think that this movie accomplished nothing in the field of superhero films except some exceptional shots and breathtaking effects. This movie is very dark and short which the graphic novel was not. Many things were removed or replaced from the original source which are annoyingly identifiable to someone who read the book.
This film to me was an adaptation that just didn't work. It was a movie called watchmen with similar characters and a similar story but nothing like the source material. Although the book was all over the place it was understandable, the movie was but for the wrong reasons.
Having said my review of it's adaptation, I think that the movie was okay in parts but it didn't have me leaving the theatre with the same feeling that the book did. The film doesn't capture the scope and atmosphere that Alan Moore intended. This is going to be a movie I would forget about in ten years but will be haunted by for remembering the great graphic novel. Besides the great special effects and brilliant performance by Jackie Earl Haley, at best I would recommend this as a rental.
Based off a graphic novel, the film takes place in an alternate world during the year 1985. Nixon is still the president and the world is becoming somewhat corrupt. A group of superheroes called The Watchmen have been outlawed and are now just costumed vigilantes. After one of their own is murdered, they decide to go against the law and unite once again. But as they dig deeper into the investigation, they discover a much more diabolical that includes the Russians having nuclear war with us.
There are two scenes in the film that I will remember for a long time because I loved them so much. The first one is a scene that explains how Dr. Manhattan (one of the superheroes, the big blue guy that you see in the preview.) came to be. What makes the scene so good is Billy Crudup who plays Dr. Manhattan, and the music. Crudrup narrarates with the exactly right tone of voice that makes the scene so intriguing. He makes you actually feel sorry for his charecter the fact that he is talking about his own accident that turned him into a giant blue figure. The great music adds to the intensity and fearness of that scene. The second scene I love is when Rorschach goes to jail. It's one of the few scenes when you can actually notice his wonderful acting because hee doesn't have his mask on. His facial expressions are great and I love his deep, scratchy (better than Christian Bale as Batman ) voice. The visual style in the film is also well put together.
For the first two thirds of the movie, I was thinking, "This film is the number 1 film of 2009 so far!" But as the movie came to the two hour mark and there was still 45 minutes left, it was then that I gradually got more dissapointed as time went by. The reason for this is it's all sort of confusing towards the the end and you don't care about the charecters anymore. I've heard that the graphic novel has a different ending so the writers should've probably stuck with that instead of changing it.
But when I looked back at Watchmen as a whole, I realized that it's a well made film. It does deserve its R rating because of a lot of blood and ample amounts of nudity. So if you don't like action or violence then maybe Watchmen isn't for you. But the director's style worked for me and I really enjoyed it.
Watchmen (PG) * * * *
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Watch out for Watchmen! Perhaps that best sums up this roaring movie. Now that a court case between Warner Brothers and Paramount Pictures over distribution rights has thankfully been resolved getting to see this finished print has been well worth the wait. With Warner Brothers presenting this live comic book adaptation across North America lucky viewers in this province get to lock horns with these would-be heroes at the Oakridge Cinemas, Esplanade 6, Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver City cites across B.C.
So many books based on comics have appeared over the last decade itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hard to keep track. Watchmen ranks as one of the best. And you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to be familiar with the hit DC comic to get into this 163 minute eye-opener that rocks right from the outset. Smart in the extreme is the writing here along with the direction of Zack Snyder who proves that his success helming 300 was no fluke. Quite the contrary, Snyder is a master of technique and atmosphere and subtly weaves this tale that spans the decades.
Our story begins I guess in the 1950s when a group of Ã¢â‚¬Å“ordinaryÃ¢â‚¬Â people donned costumes to clean up the crime plaguing big city life. Sound familiar? Well, letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s move forward a decade or two to the mid 80s as one of this illustrious group winds up dead. No one knows why so the remaining members of this brave band of vigilantes become a bit uneasy.
So the dye is cast and our once upon a time crime fighters immerse themselves in one heck of a mystery. Amidst a backdrop of dozens of worldly events throughout the 60s and 70s we hurtle as members of this team try to unravel whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on before itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s too late. Before you know it youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re whisked away to the future, the past and the unnerving present as each member of this heroic fraternity winds up in a battle of wills and might in an effort to save the world from unspeakable evil.
Stand-out performances that are understated turn flambouyant once those costumes are donned. Among the characters youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll either be cheering on or hissing through your teeth at include Patrick Wilson (Hard Candy) as the shy unassuming Dan Dreiberg and Billy Crudup (Mission Impossible III) as Dr. Manhattan. Now each of these Ã¢â‚¬Å“humanÃ¢â‚¬Â figures also has super power alter egos as does Malin Akerman (27 Dresses) as Laurie Jupiter.
Nostalgia reigns supreme in this action packed epic that is flush full of classic sounds pitch perfect for capturing the essence of the various time periods in question. And donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let the running time of a bit over two hours and forty minutes fool you. Brilliant writing links each scene together in such a way as to thoroughly bowl you over with the overall impact of some very bad people trying to hurt civilization with a group of washed up former heroes once again rising to the challenge in truly unchartered waters.
Comic book fans will love this movie as will those who appreciate witty dialogue, enormously engaging well developed characters and a little loving thrown in between all the rockÃ¢â‚¬â„¢em sockÃ¢â‚¬â„¢em fisticuffs sure to keep you on the edge of your seats throughout this provocative big budget extravaganza.
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Yet another big budget Sci-Fi/Fantasy thats all style and no substance. Not quite as bad as "The Day the Earth Stood Still" remake. But you still find yourself looking at your watch wondering when will it ever end. At two hours and forty minutes,it seems to drag on forever. What bothered me the most was that there was no chemistry between the main characters who are playing what turns out to be a violent live action version of "The Incredibles". There interesting by themeselves, but not as a whole. This should have worked. But like other recent films of this kind, the studios are more interested in the resale profits that visual and sound effects can bring to DVD and Blue-Ray. Bummer.
THIS IS NOT A MOVIE FOR KIDS!!! Honestly, I'm surprised it's only rated R. This is the strongest R rated movie I've ever seen. I am in the military and have seen quite a bit, but this movie is just completely over the top with gratuitous and graphic violence. Show me one time or even just let me hear the sound and I get it, but I don't need to actually see someone getting hacked in the head repeatedly with a clever and see blood spatter everywhere to know what is going on. Nor do I need to see an inmate get both his arms cut off with a metal grinder. If you're into gore, mixed with soft core porn, and a weak story line that tries to be philosophical (but fails on so many levels) then this is your movie. I went into this movie with high expectations. I loved 300 for it's breakthroughs in film technique and picture style. The violence in 300 was palatable to me because it was done with comic book like textures and colors. Intelligent viewers understood what we were seeing and didn't need it to be spelled out for us. The textures in 300 were completely void in Watchmen. It is in-your-face up-close-and-personal. To say the violence, gore, and sex is "graphic" is an understatement of HUGE proportions. The previews you see on tv are not even close to showing what this movie is really like. Parents, please take my advice and do not take your children to this movie. It is a VERY adult movie and not in any way a child's comic book super hero movie. While you're at it, you may want to think twice about seeing it yourself. I was thoroughly unimpressed with this movie. I hope the makers of 300 realize that they have done, and can do, much better than what they are currently offering moviegoers with Watchmen. That's my two cents. Take it for what it's worth.
What is up with the attempted Metaphysical HIGH BROW Hero Drama? Give me a break! I don't want my heroes with a Dark Side and "No"; I was never a Watchmen Geek. This movie did not do anything to entice me to go and read the novels. IMHO, you can blow this movie and the Millions spent to produce it out your A&S!