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Thursday, May 6, 2010


WATCHMEN (2009). Director: Zack Snyder.

This is based on an influential comic book mini-series by Alan Moore that examines what would happen should super-heroes appear in the "real" world and they turned out to be as screwed up as everyone else. According to this there was a super-group called the Minutemen that first appeared in the 1940's. But now super-characters have basically been banned from operating, and someone is going around killing them off one by one. A psychotic character named Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) is on to the plot, which comes to embroil Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson) and Silk Spectre (Carla Gugino), and seems to point in the direction of one of their own. This has some effective scenes, but basically it's long and somewhat tedious, with the same dumb ending of the mini-series. The acting is okay; Matthew Goode has some flair as the wealthy hero Ozymandias. Even comic book fans, however, may find this a big disappointment.

Verdict: You can miss it and still have a full life. **.

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