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Under the Hood (2009)

A television interview with Hollis Mason, The first Nite-Owl, about his life and the superhero community.

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Eric Matthies

Writers:

Dave Gibbons (graphic novel), Hans Rodionoff
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ted Friend ... Larry Culpeper
Stephen McHattie ... Hollis Mason
William S. Taylor ... William Long (as William Taylor)
Glenn Ennis ... Hooded Justice
Darryl Scheelar ... Captain Metropolis
Niall Matter ... Mothman
Apollonia Vanova ... Silhouette
Matt Frewer ... Moloch
Jay Brazeau ... Bernard / News Vendor
Rob LaBelle ... Wally Weaver
Dan Payne ... Dollar Bill
Frank Cassini ... Lawrence Shexnayder
John Destry John Destry ... Bartender
Jennefer Jenei Jennefer Jenei ... Woman on Street
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carla Gugino ... Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre I
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A television interview with Hollis Mason, The first Nite-Owl, about his life and the superhero community.

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements, brief violent and suggestive images, and smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Watchmen: Under the Hood See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Under the Hood is based upon a series of text excerpts written by Alan Moore, featured in the original Watchmen graphic novel. The text portions, taken from a fictional character's autobiography, explained plot points and inside information which couldn't be fit into the main story. See more »

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Version of Watchmen (2009) See more »

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"I dressed up. As an owl. And fought crime."
1 September 2013 | by Al_The_StrangeSee all my reviews

This short mockumentary is produced as a side-feature to the Watchmen film. It basically offers a wealth of interviews intended to offer more depth and insight to the characters and the world they live in.

The biggest value in watching this feature would be in better understanding the history of the Watchmen's characters; history that's perhaps referenced in the main film, but rarely elaborated on. However, it's not like the film never gave too little information; everything in Under the Hood is extra credit, to satisfy those fans who might be curious to know more. It's pretty interesting, but in the end, it doesn't resonate as strongly as the main film, or the Tales of the Black Freighter, which actually told a relevant story. The best that Under the Hood can do is lend the film a greater sense of authenticity, and translate even more of the Watchmen comic for viewers. Otherwise, I was left feeling that this was a little pointless.

For what it's worth though, the film is consistent in keeping up with the look, style, and era of the main film. It uses simple, interview-style camera-work and editing, and it even has a few old-fashioned commercials thrown in. Acting and writing is not bad. Most sets, props, and costumes appear authentic.

Best recommended to Watchmen fans.

3/5 (Entertainment: Average | Story: Average | Film: Average)


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