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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The Watchmen was a complete disappointment. I thought that the movie was going to be similar to other comic book movies; i.e. heroes vs. villains. Unfortunately, that concept wasn't introduced in that movie until after approx. 2 hours in... Yes, it was almost a 3 hr movie... Please do not waste your $.
An ex-group of heroes find themselves back together after one of their own is killed. They teamed up in the 60's but now it's the 80's and super heroes are outlawed by President Nixon.
Now Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) is out to bring them back together. While Dr. Manhattan, the only one with actual powers isn't even sure whether he wants to give up on humans or not. His girlfriend Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman) is his only link to humanity.
However since Dr. Manhattan's so obsessed with his work, he's pushing Spectre into the arms of Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson of Lakeview Terrace). But it's a bad time for Manhattan to give up on humans since bombs are about to drop and he's the only chance in stopping them.
The movie is often brutally violent and disturbing even. It's far darker than Sin City and the Dark Knight. So don't expect a totally fun super hero adventure. Just expect a complicated but entertaining movie. It has it's share of fun action but some might find that it doesn't have enough action. I still found it fascinating though with some great visuals.
I didn't really care that there was a lot of talk. I loved the characters and the performances. Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Supernatural season 1, Grey's Anatomy), gives a star making performance like many reviews have said. However, I think Patrick Wilson is also surprisingly excellent as a former hero who won't admit that he misses doing it. While he has excellent chemistry with Malin Akerman.
Jackie Earle Haley's performance is a little under-rated as well, I heard some complaints over it anyway. Yes, he sounds a lot like Christian Bale's Batman when he talks. Yet, he still probably gives the most engaging performance in the movie next to Billy Crudup. He totally owned the character as well.
This movie is unlike any other. This is a comic book movie that you have never seen before. Directed by Zack Snyder (300), Watchmen is based on the acclaimed comic book that focuses on normal people trying to be heroes. Well except Dr. Manhattan. He is a kind of super-hero. I am not familiar with the comic book, but I do know the hype behind this movie. And the expectations are high. However, these expectations were not met.
First, let me try to explain this story. Besides Dr. Manhattan (the blue guy), all of the other vigilantes are normal people trying to make a difference. The members of Watchmen are Dr. Manhattan, Silk Spectre, Night Owl, Ozymandias, Comedian, and Rorschach. The story is set in an alternate world that is a lot like Earth in 1985 and America and Russia are involved in a nuclear war with each other. President Nixon is on his third or fourth term and the government passes the Keene Act. This act forced the group to go in to retirement because it banished all masked avengers. But that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t sit well with Rorschach.
The movie kicks off with the death of the Comedian and Rorschach sets out to find out who did this and if one of the other Watchmen members are next. This starts a stream of events involving all members of the Watchmen and dealing with their troubles and their past while trying to find out the truth. Oh and trying to keep the the country from a nuclear attack. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t forget about that.
This comic book adaptation is dark and violent. It definitely earns its R rating. Zack Snyder is very good at fancy film-making. He really knows how to use the ever-evolving technology to his advantage. Visually this movie is amazing. There are scenes that are simply stunning. Never has there been a comic book movie that looks like this and deals with such a dark world. I give credit to Snyder because of how he was able to make this movie look and pull it off successfully. However, if you take away the technical aspect of the movie, you are not left with much.
The movie is Benjamin Button long (2 hours and 43 minutes) but there is not much to it. It didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t feel long and I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really bored at all, but there is just no substance to the story. If Watchmendid not have all of the uses of technology, this movie would have been borderline lame. The performances are good and I have already praised the look and feel of the movie. But with all this hype about the movie, it was not that impressive, especially if you just look at the story itself. The EFX overwhelm the story and I am almost certain that was a conscience decision. Is the movie good? Yes it is. But it was a little disappointing and not very impressive.
Fans will probably love it more than the average viewer. The die hard fans will have a lot of back-story to the characters and perhaps have a more distinct, better story in their minds. But as a film, it cannot stand on its own. It has to rely on the uses of technology. It must.