Based on the wildly popular graphic novel by Dave Gibbons and Alan
Moore, 2009's Watchmen may forever change your concept of superheroes, and
not for the better, but to a Sci-Fi nut like me, this
Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Thriller was great fun to watch.
In an alternate 1985, costumed superheroes are a part of everyday life,
Richard Nixon is in his third term as President, and we are about to go to
nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Then, the government bans all costumed
crime fighters, and a group who call themselves the Watchmen, now in their
second generation, decide to join the first generation, mostly their
parents, in retirement.
As the world stands on the brink of all-out nuclear war, the Comedian,
one of the original Watchmen, is brutally murdered, and Rorschach, one of
the younger vigilantes, sets out to hunt down the person or persons
responsible. As it turns out, though, this was not a simple murder, and
the reasons behind it are not easily discovered, even after he enlists the
help of others from his group. It also turns out that crime fighters in
this alternate reality are much more brutal than the superheroes that most
of us have grown up with, and there is a lot of brutality in this movie,
even perpetrated on one another.
I'm willing to bet there were plenty of people who didn't like this
movie, but I was riveted for the whole three hours (yeah, that's not a
misprint - this puppy was just over three hours long in Director's cut
form). The caps are from the Blu-ray version.
||Carla Gugino (non nude)