By 1985 (in an alternate world history), the USA won the Vietnam War and costumed vigilantes are part of the society. This is the case until the Nixon government decides to outlaw vigilantes. As this is happening, Edward Blake/The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is murdered and Walter Kovacs, aka Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley), investigates that murder. As he advances in his investigation, Rorschach will ask for the help of Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson), John Osterman/Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) Laurie Jupiter/Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman) and Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias (Matthew Goode). However, Rorschach and Nite Owl II notice that Edward Blake's murder is the prelude to something that threatens the existence of humanity.
While watching this film, it's surprising to see that the scriptwriters managed to condense such a thick source material. The final result is that the storyline flows almost effortlessly. Moreover, Watchmen is not a superhero film like any other in that it's not afraid to adventure itself into the darkest corners of human nature. In fact, such an exploration is done in order to talk about our superheroes' individual cynicism or faith in the world. Besides, the plot twist at the end will amaze you.
Unfortunately, the cast's performance was uneven and also unimpressive. While Crudup managed quite well to portray a hero with no emotion and faith in the world, I just wasn't impressed by Malin Akerman even though I'm sure she's a competent actress. On another note, the film made me discover Patrick Wilson and Jackie Earle Haley.
|Screenplay:||David Hayter and Alex Tse|
|Starring:||Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Goode and Jeffrey Dean Morgan|