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Director:  Zack Snyder

Based on Alan Moore’s cult graphic novel, Watchmen is an action-adventure mystery set in the mid-1980s, in a mythical USA, where a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union looms large. Government-controlled, costumed vigilantes are an accepted segment of society, but independent crime fighters are no longer allowed to work their magic.

When Edward Blake a.k.a. The Comedian (Morgan) is murdered. Walter Kovacs a.k.a. Rorschach (Haley) is convinced that costumed heroes are being killed off so he makes contacts with his former companions to investigate. They are a diverse collection of people all with their own motivations for becoming costumed heroes including a lust for power, psychotic desire for vengeance, superiority complex or, in the case of Doctor Jonathan Osterman a.k.a. Doctor Manhattan (Crudup), having actual ‘superpowers’ as a result of a nuclear experiment gone wrong.

Haley stands out as Rorschach in the scenes where he is unmasked.  Performances by the other protagonists are average. In some places, the film feels artificially stylized and inappropriately cartoonish. That, in turn, undercuts the film’s key point that these superheroes have very human flaws and limitations. The postproduction of the film is top notch. Especially the scene where Dr.Manhattan suffers from a nuclear experiment is put together brilliantly. Even the opening credits set to tunes of Bob Dylan’s The Times, They Are A-Changin’ are to watch out for.

The multi-layered story of Watchmen was never going to be fully contained in a single film but this is an excellent adaptation and fans shouldn’t be too upset about what has been left out or changed. Even the tweaked ending retains the impact of the original. While the film adaptation of Watchmen by Zack Snyder (300) is not the masterpiece that some may have hoped for, it is an immensely satisfying cinematic experience.