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|A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 america in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the doomsday clock which charts the USA's tension with the soviet union - is permanently set at five minutes to midnight.|
"Snyder's Watchmen keeps moving so assuredly, it's nearly impossible not to get swept along. Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club
"...studded with inspired spectacles: fights and flights and imaginary creatures and reworked bits of history. Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian
"This movie will shake your windows and rattle your walls. Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The casting clicks; the visuals have leaped right out of Dave Gibbons' original panels; the action is brutal, stylish and well-staged... William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Editor's NoteFor those obsessed with the critically acclaimed graphic novel (which would be almost anyone who has read it), or for audiences looking for a stylish action film, WATCHMEN is worth--well--watching. But those who thought THE DARK KNIGHT was too gloomy should stay far away from Zack Snyder?s film. As far as superhero movies go, this graphic adaptation of the comic book series from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons makes even Christopher Nolan?s Batman films look like Saturday morning fare. Director Snyder and the screenwriters certainly deserve credit for crafting an adaptation of a work that has been deemed unfilmable since its 1986 release. Mammoth and mazelike, WATCHMEN follows a group of retired costumed heroes living in an alternate 1985 where Nixon is still president and fear of nuclear doomsday permeates the air. When a hero named the Comedian (an excellent Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is murdered, his former colleague--the unhinged, masked Rorschach (a perfectly creepy Jackie Earle Hayley)--begins investigating who is behind the death. The other masked crimefighters--Silk Spectre 2 (Malin Ackerman), Ozymandias (Matthew Goode), Nite Owl 2 (Patrick Wilson), and Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup), a godlike being who is the only one with actual superpowers--soon learn that there may be a plot to rid the world of their kind. Snyder?s previous work in action (300) and horror (DAWN OF THE DEAD) proves to be preparation for this visually stunning film. The fight sequences are fantastically shot by director of photography Larry Fong, and the action can alternately make viewers hold their breaths at its composition or gasp at the shocking violence. Most will agree that WATCHMEN is not a comic book movie for kids: there?s sex and violence aplenty, but it truly makes itself a film for adults with its smart, complex storytelling.
Cast & Crew
|Jackie Earle Haley|
|Jeffrey Dean Morgan|
|Alan Moore - Source Writer|
|Dave Gibbons - Source Writer|
|Lawrence Gordon - Producer|
|Larry Fong - Director of Photography|
|Thomas Tull - Executive Producer|
|Alex McDowell - Production Designer|
|Lloyd Levin - Producer|
|Michael Wilkinson - Costume Designer|
|Herbert W. Gains - Executive Producer|
|Tyler Bates - Composer|
|William Hoy - Editor|
|Deborah Snyder - Producer|
|Alex Tse - Screenwriter|
|David Hayter - Screenwriter|
|Zack Snyder - Director|
Video Format: DVD ...