- Original title
- Running time
- 163 min.
- United States
Alex Tse, David Hayter (Graphic Novel: Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons)
Jackie Earle Haley,
Jeffrey Dean Morgan,
James M. Connor,
Mary Ann Burger,
Co-production USA-UK-Canada; Warner Bros. Pictures / Paramount Pictures / Legendary Pictures / DC Comics / Lawrence Gordon Productions
Fantasy. Action. Sci-Fi. Thriller. Drama | Superheroes. Based on a Comic. DC Comics. Crime. 1980s. Cold War
- Movie Groups
Alan Moore Adaptations
| Dave Gibbons Adaptations
- Synopsis / Plot
- It's the 1980's and it's a different world. Superheroes have been outlawed, the only ones still in operation under direct control of the United States government. Suddenly, those heroes both still in action and retired find themselves targets by an unseen enemy, who wants to kill them one by one. A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, the film 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. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up 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 ragtag 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?
2009: Saturn Awards: Best Costume, Best DVD Special Edition, Best Fantasy Film
2009: Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA: Nominated for Best Sound Editing
2009: Online Film Critics Society Awards: Nominated Best Sup. Actor (Jackie Earle Haley )
2009: SFX Awards, UK: Nominated Best Film & Best Director
- Critics' reviews
"It’s a compelling visceral film — sound, images and characters combined into a decidedly odd visual experience that evokes the feel of a graphic novel. (...) Rating: ★★★★ (out of four)."
Roger Ebert: Chicago Sun-Times
"Forgettable after opening blast. (...) is nowhere near the caliber of the Spider-Man movies or "The Dark Knight." It may have more style, but it's only a jot more entertaining than "Catwoman." (...) Rating: ★★ (out of four)."
Claudia Puig: USA Today
"Snyder and writers David Hayter and Alex Tse never find a reason for those unfamiliar with the graphic novel to care about any of this nonsense. (...) Even the digital effects are ho-hum."
Kirk Honeycutt: The Hollywood Reporter
"Watchmen is less a fully realized comicbook epic than a sturdy feat of dramatic compression. (...) slavishly faithful adaptation. But auds unfamiliar with Moore’s brilliantly bleak, psychologically subversive fiction may get lost"
Justin Chang: Variety
"A mesmerising and brutalising experience, and will be, for some at least, more than worth the wait. (...) a movie that is reaching utterly beyond the confines of its genre. (...) as the first attempt to make a truly post-adolescent comic book movie, Watchmen is, literally, peerless."
Kevin Maher: The Times
"Okay, it isn’t the graphic novel, but Zack Snyder clearly gives a toss, creating a smart, stylish, decent adaptation, if low on accessibility for the non-convert. (...) Rating: ★★★★ (out of five)."
Ian Nathan: Empire
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