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Watchmen (2009)

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In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

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In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so discover a deeper and far more diabolical plot. Written by evan murphy

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Rated R for strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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6 March 2009 (USA)  »

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Watchmen: The IMAX Experience  »

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$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,243,001 (UK) (6 March 2009)

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$107,503,316 (USA) (22 May 2009)
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The movie rights to the Alan Moore graphic novels Watchmen and V for Vendetta were acquired together in the late 1980s. Moore was asked to write a script, but declined. The studio then had Sam Hamm write a script. Terry Gilliam considered directing this film as early as 1989, but after several re-writes assisted by Charles McKeown, decided the material unfilmable, except as a five-hour miniseries at a cost of one million dollars per page (with CGI not in use yet). Michael Bay was considered as director in 2003. In 2004, the rights had been sold to Paramount, where Paul Greengrass planned a loose adaptation set in the present day. Warner Brothers soon reacquired the rights for Darren Aronofsky, who also wanted a present-day setting, replacing Vietnam with Iraq and terrorism. Uncomfortable with that, Warner hired Zack Snyder, of 300 (2006) fame. Casting rumors over the years included Sigourney Weaver (Sally Jupiter); John Hurt, Robin Williams, Doug Hutchison, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Glen Hansard, Sean Penn (Rorschach); Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Keanu Reeves (Dr. Manhattan); Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey, Ron Perlman, Thomas Jane (Comedian); Richard Gere, Kevin Costner, John Cusack, Joaquin Phoenix (Nite Owl II); Nathan Fillion (either Comedian or Nite Owl II); Jamie Lee Curtis, Hilary Swank, Jessica Biel, Hilary Duff (Silk Spectre II); Tom Cruise, Jude Law (Ozymandias). In the finished film, Jackie Earle Haley is the only one of the seven primary cast members who was even in the film industry when the movie was first attempted. See more »

Goofs

When the coffin is being lowered into the grave Dr. Manhattan's glow is not reflected off of it. This is because Dr. Manhattan can turn off the glow if he so chooses. One would not be glowing at a funeral, so Dr. Manhattan in turn is not. See more »

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News Vendor: Hey, all this time you've been coming down here, I never caught your name.
Teenager at Newsstand: Bernard.
News Vendor: Bernard? You're kidding? That's
News Vendor: [chuckles]
News Vendor: my name too.
Teenager at Newsstand: Not that big a deal. There's lots of people called Bernard.
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The opening credits themselves often cast shadows in the frame that correspond with the flashes from photographer's bulbs. See more »

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Features The Jesus Film (1979) See more »

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Written by Irving Gordon
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole (as Nat King Cole)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Best movie I've seen in a long time
10 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Firstly, I have not read the graphic novel. This was deliberate, since I knew there was going to be a movie, and reading any book tends to ruin the movie. I'm sure there are a whole bunch of things in the graphic novel that they left out or changed, and it's hard for those who have read it to imagine how people could understand the subtleties of the story without it. But trust me, the morally complex, multi-layered characters and plot were very well delivered by the movie alone. There was nothing that seemed like it didn't make sense or wasn't quite explained. The movie was just about perfect.

I'm surprised to hear a lot of reviews saying that this is just an action movie for teenage boys; I thought quite the opposite. There was much less action than I expected, the movie centered mostly on emotions and ideas conveyed through dialog, narration and character flashbacks. The action scenes were all fairly short, though when there was action it was delightfully innovative. There were a lot of nasty and unexpected twists like limbs snapping, guts sticking to the ceiling, bones audibly crunching... Every time something violent happened, they made it interesting and shocking rather than recreating the generic ho-hum violence of every other movie. (And there was no obligatory 30-minute-long final action scene culminating in the conclusion of the plot... oh joy! Those get so boring.) Plus, many of the scenes were rather bold for a mainstream film, and showed certain things that are normally hidden off-screen or completely avoided. The only example I feel I can give without spoiling anything is the full frontal male nudity, something that is rather conspicuously hidden in almost every Hollywood movie. This movie isn't concerned about hiding little things like that, just as it isn't concerned about hiding certain subjects that most movies wouldn't show.

This movie definitely isn't for everyone. People expecting another Dark Knight will be disappointed (or, as in my case, thrilled), as this movie is completely unique. People who want an action movie and don't want all that talking and thinking will be disappointed. But to those looking for a long, complicated, deeply moving epic that will really make them think about the very concepts of right, wrong, and heroism (and who haven't read the book, which based on other reviews seems to ruin it): Do NOT miss this movie!


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