Saturday, March 7, 2009

Who Watches The Watchmen?

When the superheroes we expect to protect us turn bad, what happens then?

Things get more complicated amidst the backdrop of a US-Soviet Union cold war when the Comedian - one of the retired superhero played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan - got mysteriously murdered.

Rorschach, a masked fellow Watchmen, tries to prove his personal theory on the situation by uncovering a plot against fellow members Night Owl (Patrick Wilson) and Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup). The conspiracy eventually reared its ugly head. However, complications proved to much for them to handle.

I have not read the mystery adventure comic version by
Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. However, colleagues who are fans of the Watchmen comics testify that most of the film's story line and detail did stay true to this 1980's comic novel.

As an independent viewer of the movie, I give it four stars for its unconventional story line, plot, and cinematography. Aside from Dr. Manhattan's character, there were not much fancy firepower wonders. This is understandably so since only Dr. Manhattan has actual powers. The movie might also be too long for some at two-and-half hours.

The movie generally ended the way the comic did. However, the depth of introduction and built up of the characters in the movie leads me to think that the
Zack Snyder can actually make a sequel out of it. And this time, without the limiting ideas of staying true to the comic.

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