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In an alternate 1985 America, costumed superheroes are part of everyday life. When one of his former comrades is murdered, masked vigilante Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) uncovers a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his retired associates, only one of which has true powers, Rorschach glimpses a far-reaching conspiracy involving their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the world's future.

Billy Crudup Jon Osterman/Dr. Manhattan
Malin Akerman Laurie Jupiter/Silk Spectre II
Jackie Haley Walter Kovacs/Rorschach
Matthew Goode Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias
Patrick Wilson Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl II
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Edward Blake/The Comedian
Carla Gugino Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre
Matt Frewer Moloch
Stephen McHattie Hollis Mason
Laura Mennell Janey Slater

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Dec 22, 2009 - Matt70 on Watchmen
didnt work for me.

ok the running time of this movie is way to long,the story jumps all over the place and it didnt have to be as gritty as it was.only recommend for comic book lovers and those with general knowledge of the world of watchman.

Sep 08, 2009 - Tharrah on Watchmen
An amazing movie!

I'm gonna go ahead and say I agree with everything scheme said, but yet again there is someone posting stupid drivel like "I wish they made it geared more for kids".

It wouldn't be the same story at all. What you meant to say was, "I should have seen another movie." You clearly just purchase movie tickets on a whim just expecting rated R titles to actually be rated G. The fact that you survived the trek to the theater and then made it home, and was capable of using a computer to successfully comment on this movie is a testament to your luck. The fact that you aren't dead from attempting to eat a loaf of bread with the plastic wrap still on it amazes me.

Apr 10, 2009 - lyns09 on Watchmen
dig it.

Everything I ever could have wanted out of a movie. love it.

(no rating) Mar 20, 2009 - madcritic on Watchmen

To much shlong,other than that,I wish they made it geared more for kids. Great flick though,worth the money!

Mar 17, 2009 - scheme on Watchmen

What kind of a review is that? "It is certainly not a family oriented movie"? So what? You couldn't have figured that out from the trailer, the movie poster, and the R rating? What's worse is you claim it's not a bad movie, but then proceed to give it one star for what I can only assume is your bias against movies that aren't specifically designed for you to bring your offspring to. The Jonas Brothers in 3D was showing right down the hall, feel free to take them to that instead - that just means one less kid kicking my seat in.

You know what? It's not a family oriented movie. Neither is The Godfather. Does that mean that The Godfather's a bad movie just because Little Timmy couldn't appreciate it? Absolutely not.

Don't get me wrong - Watchmen is not The Godfather. It's not close, however Watchmen the graphic novel is considered by many to be something of a Godfather of its kind. The movie does in fact carry the same plot and a relatively equal ending (all things considered). It's as close to a perfect representation of the novel as it's going to get. That is, in its entirety, why Watchmen is not being accepted by many people who were previously unfamiliar with the subject matter.

The problem with Watchmen is that it's a movie which requires you to think. American audiences are not big fans of this mystical ability we've been granted. It's easy to sit in front of a movie like The Dark Knight because every little plot issue is explained to you and the characters aren't incredibly deep. The Joker is a bad guy who does bad stuff and Batman is a good guy who sometimes crosses the line. Pretty easy stuff, and at the end Batman overcomes his challenges and wins like we knew he would. The problem people will have with Watchmen is that the characters don't win. They're not "good" and "bad", they're shades of gray. In real life we may see ourselves as shining examples of good (no matter how messed up all of us are), but the truth is that no one is Superman. No one is a perfect force of good in the world, and Alan Moore knows that. Alan Moore knew that if superheroes existed they wouldn't be perfect either. He knew that many of their choices would not be as simple as stopping a speeding train and saving every person aboard and then throwing the bad guy in the slammer. With Watchmen he created fully three dimensional, living and breathing characters whose motives and actions are questionable. The graphic novel and the movie were never made to be "non-stop thrill rides" - they were made to help you understand what a farce most "superhero movies" and comics are. In this right, both the movie and the novel succeed.

Some of the movie did not quite work out like one would hope, and that is regrettable. Malin Akerman is one of the worst actresses in Hollywood, and Rorschach was really not written to be as psychotic as he's supposed to be, but these problems are merely simple flaws. The rest of the acting is quite good, and the cinematography is at times completely breathtaking. Bottom line? If you're expecting to go into this movie and have everything told to you, you will be disappointed. There's no Neo, and there's no Superman. Everything is not and won't be wrapped up in a neat little package. However, if you want a good movie that has a different perspective on life and will make you think, then Watchmen is it. It is as close to the graphic novel as one will probably ever get.

Mar 15, 2009 - Nannybmc on Watchmen

Alright movie, but it is certainly not a family oriented movie.

Mar 14, 2009 - genglefins on Watchmen
Excellent Adaptation, with one peeve

There are a lot of fanboys out there who are really dropping trow on this movie. Picky complaints: no Black Freighter, no Squid, etc. A film is never going to be as detailed as a book. But the question is, does the film convey the same meaning, spirit, and tone of the original book?

The answer to that question is yes. I finished the book about a week before the film came out, and even watched some of the Motion Comics. The film really does a fantastic job of bringing the 2D book to life. I'm willing to bet money that most folks who felt the movie was too different from the book either didn't really read the book, or read it so long ago they don't remember the details correctly.

I was delighted by the movie and was smiling at all the details and darkness and humor. Rorshach is dead on. People who don't like the voice over apparently didn't realize its part of the original story and very important.

The film also helped me understand the relationship between The Comedian and Sally Jupiter better. There was definitely some perverse masochistic kink going on there.

My only real complaint about the film is the portrayal of Ozymandius. He is a skinny David Bowie White Duke type and it's obvious from the first time you see him that he is going to be the antagonist (he's not really a villain).

I wish they were truer to the story in portraying Ozymandius. He's really supposed to be a tall, buffed, blonde captain of industry, completely irresistible and beloved. Ozy's the Steve Job's of this world. He's got the Midas touch, every product he makes is innovative and instantly loved by the public. Every business decision is the correct one. "Smartest Man in the World" isn't a back-handed insult, it's the truth. This is my only real complaint.

Anyway, I can't wait for the DVD release. I hope it's six hours long with tons of commentary. Until then, it's back to the theater for me!

Mar 13, 2009 - gustavo on Watchmen

I read the graphic novel, and I'm a fan of the genre. This movie seemed very uneven to me. With the exception of Rorschach, the performances weren't especially inspired. The effects were good, with some weird exceptions: Nixon's nose could've doubled for a zeppelin, and Dr. Manhattan was too obviously computer generated. The voice-over narration was really annoying. (I hated it in "Blade Runner," too.) If you must see it, go to a matinee. And take a No-Doz. It's about forty five minutes too long.

Mar 12, 2009 - rnjette on Watchmen

I didn't like that movie, it is hard to understand if you haven't read the book, very good special effect

Mar 10, 2009 - B_Yule on Watchmen
Good Movie

Alan Moore might not care, but his classic graphic novel has been made into a decent movie. Put aside the changes to the ending and the characters that didn't fit into the main plot and you are left with a super hero movie that looks into the more destructive and paradoxical corners of the human mind.

Whether you've read the novel or not you will undoubtedly appreciate the movie's focus on character development as opposed to pointless action. However, the fact that a watered down comic book has more emphasis on creating interesting and fleshed out characters then the majority of the movies coming out of Hollywood is a different story all together.

In summary, 4 stars! A good time out, but not the movie of the year.

(no rating) Mar 10, 2009 - server on Watchmen

This movie was a total let down. It's crap wrapped in sex and graphic, gratuitous violence. No plot, no character development, NO POINT.

(no rating) Mar 07, 2009 - Anunaki on Watchmen
See it before your star reating

gona check it out but un like
( pneo59 ) not gona give it 2-1/2 stars with out waching it first.

(no rating) Mar 06, 2009 - Ross985 on Watchmen

Moviefreakpurple, Can i come with you to see it?

(no rating) Feb 28, 2009 - moviefreakpurple on Watchmen

I have been waiting for this film. yes I hope it is not a let down. go adventure and fantasy and last but not least action. I will keep you posted on my take.