Watchmen: Directors Cut
A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, the film is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society and the “Doomsday Clock”–which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union–is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes, only one of whom has true powers–Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. The mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the Watchmen? Now out on DVD, the directors cut. Check it out!
“Watchmen has been long anticipated. I must admit up front, I knew nothing about it, except that fanboys were crazy for it. This is a movie that makes Batman and even Dark Knight, look like Disney Land or Mary Poppins. This is called the darkest movie that comic book characters will ever see. To say it’s Nietzschean doesn’t begin to explain how really dark it is. Having said that, it’s 2 hours and 40 minutes. It’s incoherent, to be quite honest. A little bit more of a plot line would have really helped. The director is the same guy who did 300, which I thought was wonderful in terms of its visual imagery. But this one is very hard to follow unless you actually know the story of Watchmen, which apparently is ‘who’s watching the watchers?’ and it goes from generation to generation. But, this is a dark view of not only the heroes but of mankind in general and our capacity for violence. It is an incredibly violent movie with some truly stomach-turning violence. Having said that, you will not notice that the 2 hours and 40 minutes have gone by, which is unusual for this long a movie. And, please do not ignore the soundtrack. This is one of those soundtracks that is maybe even better than the movie. So, the movie is not for everyone; it’s certainly not for young kids. It’s incredibly violent, and as I said, incoherent. But, it will keep your attention for 2 hours and 40 minutes, which is no small feat these days.”