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2000s, Action, Alternative Reality, Superheroes

Watchmen

Released 2009 Rating (UK) 18
Source of story A graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore, illustrated by Dave Gibbons
Writer/s Script David Hayter, Alex Tse
Director Zack Snyder
Starring Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino
Elevator Pitch In an alternative 1980s USA, superheroes have been outlawed and so they have retired except for Rorschach an oddly masked investigator. But when one of them is assassinated some of the others band together to survive. Generally more isolated is Dr Manhattan a superbeing with extraordinary powers, which have included the subjugation of the Vietnamese rebels. But who is after them and why?
Content Quite a lot of extreme violence, often in flashback, perpetrated by one or other of the superheroes. Other flashbacks showing their origins. Tension as the government of the USA, headed by a comic President Nixon, prepares to nuke the Russians. Some nudity mainly of Dr Manhattan, who is a sort of blue glowing sculpted male. Some other nudity and sex between Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II.
A View I had only heard of this very unusual film before but on viewing found it fascinating and at times a bit distressing. The violence is violent, relationships between the superheroes unusual and the cityscapes grim. One critic said “Those unfamiliar with the work may be completely bewildered”. This is true, but probably essential viewing for movie buffs as well a graphic novel enthusiasts.

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