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In an alternate 1985 United States, superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the Doomsday Clock -- which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union -- moves closer to midnight.When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the outlawed but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion -- a disbanded group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers -- Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future.Their mission is to watch over humanity... but who is watching the Watchmen?]]>
Everybody's favorite graphic novel comes to the screen (after years of rumors and false starts), less a roaring work of adaptation than a respectful and faithful take on a radical original. Watchmen is set in the mid-1980s, a time of increased nuclear tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, as Richard Nixon is enjoying his fifth term as president and the world's superheroes have been forcibly retired. (As you can probably tell, the mix of authentic history and alternate reality is heady.) Things begin with a bang: the mysterious high-rise murder of the Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a masked hero with a checkered past, puts the rest of the retired superhero community on alert. The credits sequence, a series of tableaux that wittily catches us up on crime-fighting backstory, actually turns out to be the high point of the movie. Thereafter we meet the other caped and hooded avengers: the furious Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley), the inexplicably naked Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup, amidst much blue-skinned, genital-swinging digital work), Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman), Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson), and Ozymandias (Matthew Goode). The corkscrewing storytelling, which worked well in the comic book, gives the movie the strange sense of never quite getting in gear, even as some of the episodes are arresting. Director Zack Snyder (300) doesn't try to approximate the electric impact of the original (written by Alan Moore--who declined to be credited on the movie--and illustrated by Dave Gibbons) but retains careful fidelity to his source material. That doesn't feel right, even with the generally enjoyable roll-out of anecdotes. Even less forgivable is the blah acting, excepting Jeffrey Dean Morgan (lusty) and Patrick Wilson (mellow). Watchmen certainly fills the eyes, although less so the ears: the song choices are regrettable, especially during an embarrassing mid-air coupling between Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II as they unite their--ah--Roman numerals. In the end it feels as though a huge work of transcription has been successfully completed, which isn't the same as making a full-blooded movie experience. --Robert Horton
Amazing movie that makes you rethink all you know about justice and morality. Love it 10/10.Published 1 day ago by Pa5tey
It is three hours long. I would say that it is a movie worth watching but no on TV. The cut it up to the point that it is no good. Read morePublished 1 day ago by WTR
The directors cut offers a brutality that the original cut could not portray, high recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the movie and likes zack Snyder films.Published 8 days ago by Jeremy L.
There are few movies that I will watch over and over again. This is one of a handful of them. Each time I watch it, I see new things. Read morePublished 9 days ago by e40
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|Purchased a rental from amazon instant video..its not showing in my...||
I am having the same problem. It seems their "Instant" video is not very instant. I'm really frustrated and will probably never bother with this ridiculous service ever again. I'm very surprised that Amazon would fail this badly.
Jun 26, 2011 by AprilSunshine | See all 30 posts
|Why so many people insulting those who give negative reviews?||
It's the nutty people who are fans of the director. I wrote a bad review of 300 and was accused of being a pedophile. I thought the movie totally sucked. The original was 10 times better.
Jan 12, 2012 by Michael L. Wolff | See all 2 posts
This is the Warner press release for the DVD specs:
Director's Cut (additional 25 min.) Newly included footage contains more Rorschach and a scene of Hollis Mason's death.
The Warner Bros. studio has released the specs for the upcoming release of 'Watchmen' on DVD and Blu-Ray, hitting retail... Read More
Jun 4, 2009 by Jem | See all 6 posts
|not available on video on demand yet? anybody got it?||
Yup,ditto. I'm guessing VoD processing isn't nearly as fast as their automailer.
Jul 21, 2009 by Marcus A. Vitchell | See all 59 posts
|Is the rumored "Black Freighter Cut" coming out?||
Zack Snyder announced at a press junket about plans for Watchmen on DVD. It is as follows:
Summer/July: Director's Cut. This cut will feature "99% of what we shot," footage which Zack Snyder said he liked. The run time on this edition will be just over 3 hours long, compared to the... Read More
Jun 4, 2009 by Jem | See all 11 posts
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