7.6/10
479,800
1,378 user 481 critic

Watchmen (2009)

Trailer
2:33 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Zack Snyder

Writers:

David Hayter (screenplay), Alex Tse (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Popularity
154 ( 70)
11 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Watchmen (2019)
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own.

Stars: Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tom Mison
Avatar (2009)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Director: James Cameron
Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A group of intergalactic criminals must pull together to stop a fanatical warrior with plans to purge the universe.

Director: James Gunn
Stars: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper
Deadpool 2 (2018)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (a.k.a. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg Cable.

Director: David Leitch
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin
Man of Steel (2013)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An alien child is evacuated from his dying world and sent to Earth to live among humans. His peace is threatened, when survivors of his home planet invade Earth.

Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon
Wonder Woman (2017)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Director: Patty Jenkins
Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright
Black Panther (2018)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

Director: Ryan Coogler
Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o
Aquaman (2018)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land.

Director: James Wan
Stars: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, Thor must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his world, at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela.

Director: Taika Waititi
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett
Deadpool (2016)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A wisecracking mercenary gets experimented on and becomes immortal but ugly, and sets out to track down the man who ruined his looks.

Director: Tim Miller
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller
Iron Man (2008)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.

Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard
Jurassic Park (1993)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A pragmatic Paleontologist visiting an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park's cloned dinosaurs to run loose.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Malin Akerman ... Laurie Jupiter / Silk Spectre II
Billy Crudup ... Dr. Manhattan / Jon Osterman
Matthew Goode ... Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias
Jackie Earle Haley ... Rorschach
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Edward Blake / Comedian
Patrick Wilson ... Dan Dreiberg / Nite Owl
Carla Gugino ... Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre
Matt Frewer ... Moloch
Stephen McHattie ... Hollis Mason
Laura Mennell ... Janey Slater
Rob LaBelle ... Wally Weaver
Gary Houston ... John McLaughlin
James M. Connor ... Pat Buchanan (as James Micheal Connor)
Mary Ann Burger Mary Ann Burger ... Eleanor Clift
John Shaw ... Doug Roth
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Someone's killing our super heroes. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Watchmen: The IMAX Experience See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,214,334, 8 March 2009

Gross USA:

$107,509,799

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$185,382,813
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Director's Cut) | (Ultimate Cut)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital | Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Early in the movie, as U.S.-U.S.S.R. tensions escalate, the 1983 song "99 Luftballons" plays. This song by German singer Nena originates from a Rolling Stones concert in Berlin, when her guitarist noticed a mass of balloons being released. He wondered if the balloons drifted over the Berlin Wall to the Soviet (East German) side, whether something so innocent could trigger nuclear war. See more »

Goofs

When Laurie and Dan talk inside a coffee house, you can see people outside through a circular window. A woman and other people appear and disappear suddenly. See more »

Quotes

Fat Thug: [Reaching into Rorschach's cell] You're dead, Rorschach! We got a prison full of killers out here! What do you got?
Rorschach: [Grabbing Fat Thug's hands] Your hands. My pleasure.
[Rorschach breaks Fat Thug's hands and ties them to the prison bars]
See more »

Crazy Credits

Gerard Butler is given second opening credit in the Ultimate Edition (on the fuselage of the airplane in the montage), due to him playing the part of the pirate in the 'Tales of the Black Freighter' segments. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Director's Cut is 20 minutes longer than the Theatrical Version. Differences:
  • While Rorschach is in The Comedian's apartment, two uniformed cops enter to investigate noises.
See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Darkest Comic Book Movies (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Clyde
Written by J.J. Cale
Performed by Waylon Jennings
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label Nashville
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Stays True to the "Big Joke," But This May Confuse Some.
3 March 2009 | by thebryandavisSee all my reviews

Before anyone sees this film, Zach Snyder should be given a pat on the back. He did what a dozen directors struggled to do for twenty years: he made a Watchmen movie. It seems unthinkable that anyone could properly put the greatest graphic novel of all time on the screen. But Snyder has done pretty much that.

While it is not Alan Moore's Watchmen, it is the closest thing that anyone else could have put on the screen. Snyder approached the material with enough reverence that fans of the comic will appreciate the film. As Snyder has openly declared, the final act does include significant changes, but the alterations that take place fit better on the big screen than the original ending would have. It works because it cuts down on a lot of the necessary back story which Snyder could not include.

Even though many pages of the book were not included, Snyder did take the time to try and preserve other information by including short "historical" sequences in the fantastic opening title sequence. By this point, viewers will also have had a chance to appreciate the stellar, and time appropriate, soundtrack. Unlike the hard rock recordings the Snyder chose for the background of 300, Watchmen's background fits the tone and mood of most of the scenes. The only questionable choice was the selection of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," not because of the recording, but rather its awkward placement. Some may also question Snyder's inclusion of gore not present in the book. While the comic does include it's share of violence, Snyder did overtly change several scenes to be more violent. These changes, while flashy on film, may disturb squeamish moviegoers. However, changes aside, Snyder has captured the essence of the book and packaged it in a beautiful 2 hour and 40 minute delight. Overall, it is a satisfying film experience for someone familiar with the source material.

But this might be a different experience for anyone who does not know the book. There is a lot to digest, and the overwhelming visuals may distract some moviegoers from the bigger picture. The interaction of these unique characters remains an integral point to understanding this film, and when the book was pared down for the movie, the relationships of the masked adventures became a bit more forced. The best part of the comic was the glimpse of what is "beneath the hood," and we have less of that in Snyder's adaptation. Additionally, the ending, while simplified, is still a bit convoluted.

Fans and those previously unfamiliar with Watchmen should go in with an open mind. Snyder has performed what Doctor Manhattan might deem a miracle, so it may take more than one viewing to truly appreciate this unique adaptation.


834 of 1,109 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 1,378 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed