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Tales of the Black Freighter (2009)

Video  -  Animation | Short | Action  -  24 March 2009 (USA)
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A mariner survives an attack from the dreaded pirates of the Black Freighter, but his struggle to return home to warn it has a horrific cost.

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A mariner survives an attack from the dreaded pirates of the Black Freighter, but his struggle to return home to warn it has a horrific cost.

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Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood  »

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Gerard Butler got his role in this after Zack Snyder couldn't find him a role in Watchmen (2009). See more »

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The Sea Captain: I give my life for nobility! Even if I fail in my attempt, I take solace in the fact that I will see my family again in Heaven!
Ridley: Heaven? Oh there is no Heaven captain. Believe me sir. I would know by now.
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Pirate Jenny
Written by Marc Blitzstein, Berthold Brecht, and Kurt Weill
Performed by Nina Simone
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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alan moore should be happy...
19 April 2009 | by (Palo Alto, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

...as this pretty much proves the essential nature of comic books. Not having the pieces integrated puts the movie(s) at a decided disadvantage . This DVD also included an excruciatingly overlong Culpepper Minute...although I do like the irony of it being called a minute and lasting an eternity, perhaps it was named the same in Moore's Watchmen. I don't recall...I will say Stephen McHattie as Hollis Mason was outstanding in this.

Anyways, to me the Black Freighter story here ends up coming across hackneyed, and hack-kneed (and twisted-head, snapped-off-arm, etc...). The shocking gore piles up, and the story in my opinion is just not strong enough to stand on its own. While I'm at it, the Watchmen movie was alright, but reading the whole piece, in episodic installments, truly was a better way to enjoy it.

So Moore is right in that his art-form was superior, despite the clearly loving attempt at a cinematic treatment. And yet, many folks will just not pick up anything that is book like (even if candy bars came with pages and a spine, I sense people would flee), so having the Watchmen and related items released is not such a heinous crime. Better than writing greeting cards to supplement one's creative pursuits.

Anyways, if you watched the movie, and have not read the book, I'd only seek this out if you truly dig the graphic dark side of human behavior, but you'd be better served by exploring the graphic novel side that holds it all together.

Thurston Hunger

3/10


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