Movie review: Watchmen
Set in an alternate 1985 on the brink of nuclear war, â€śWatchmenâ€ť is a mature and complex adaptation that could be considered too close to its source material.
The film is based on possibly the most acclaimed graphic novel of all time, â€śWatchmen,â€ť by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The series was first released in 12 issues in 1986-1987. You wonâ€™t see Mooreâ€™s name anywhere in the credits, though, as heâ€™s forsworn all film adaptations of his work.
At its simplest, â€śWatchmenâ€ť is a superhero murder mystery. When superhero-turned-government agent The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is murdered, his former colleague Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) goes into action. Rorschach suspects someone is targeting the now-outlawed masked vigilantes for extinction.
Rorschach warns former colleague Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup), the only superhero who has superpowers. Caught in a scientific accident, Jon Osterman transformed into the bright blue Dr. Manhattan, a superbeing who can manipulate material and see into his own future.
His connection to humanity is Laurie Juspeczyk (Malin Akerman), the second Silk Spectre. Her mother, Sally Jupiter (Carla Gugino), had been at the heart of the first group of costumed crimefighters in the 1940s.
Both Rorschach and Laurie have a connection to Dan Dreiberg (Patrick Wilson), the second hero to call himself Nite Owl. After meeting with Rorschach, Dreiberg warns Ozymandias (Matthew Goode), the worldâ€™s smartest man, of the assumed conspiracy to kill the former â€śWatchmen.â€ť
Ozymandias, aka Adrian Veidt, had retired prior to the passage of the Keene Act, which outlawed masked superheroes. Veidt parlayed his fame and intelligence into a multibillion-dollar enterprise with a focus on alternate forms of energy.
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