Watchmen

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Warner Bros. / Paramount Released 2009

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Director:
Zack Snyder
Released:
2009
Rating:
R

The film is set in an alternate history 1985, during the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, against a background of increasing fear of nuclear war. This is an alternate history in which superheroes have been a permanent fixture of crime fighting in the United States. The film centers on the Watchmen, a team of superheroes. After the group is outlawed by Congress, its renegade member Rorschach discovers a plot to kill the remaining Watchmen. After failing to convince his fellow superheroes, Nite Owl II, Dr Manhattan and Silk Spectre II, Rorschach is framed for the murder of Moloch. Finally, Rorschach is able to lead the Watchmen in an attempt to uncover the emerging conspiracy.

Metacritic Score

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Snyder stands revealed here as more of a beginner than a visionary in his uncertain approach to making an on-screen world come alive.

  • 50

    Variety Justin Chang

    The movie is ultimately undone by its own reverence; there's simply no room for these characters and stories to breathe of their own accord, and even the most fastidiously replicat...

  • 40

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    As it is, the film is more curiosity than provocation, an artifact of a faded world brought to zombie half-life by the cinematic technology of the present.

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    • Production budget - $130,000,000
      Domestic gross - $107,509,799 (31st)
      Worldwide gross - $185,258,983 (35th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $116,540,622
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $200,820,738

    • Music:
      Unforgettable
      Written by Irving Gordon
      Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
      The Times They Are A-Changin'
      Written and Performed by Bob Dylan
      99 Luftballons
      Written by Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen and Karlo Carges
      Performed by Nena
      The Sound of Silence
      Written by Paul Simon
      Performed by Simon & Garfunkel
      Ride of the Valkyries
      Written by Richard Wagner
      Performed by The Budapest Symphony Orchestra
      Me and Bobby McGee
      Written by Fred Foster and Kris Kristofferson
      Performed by Janis Joplin
      I'm Your Boogie Man
      Written by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch
      Performed by KC & The Sunshine Band
      You're My Thrill
      Written by Sidney Clare and Jay Gorney
      Performed by Billie Holiday
      Protest
      (Act II, Scene 3)
      From the opera "Satyagraha"
      Written by Philip Glass
      Something She Has to Do
      From The Hours (2002)
      Written by Philip Glass
      Everybody Wants to Rule the World
      Written by Chris Hughes, Roland Orzabal and Ian Stanley
      Performed by Studio Group
      Hallelujah
      Written and Performed by Leonard Cohen
      All Along the Watchtower
      Written by Bob Dylan
      Performed by Jimi Hendrix
      Clyde
      Written by J.J. Cale
      Performed by Waylon Jennings
      Control Voice
      Written and Performed by Vic Perrin
      The Outer Limits Theme
      Written and Performed by Dominic Frontiere
      Desolation Row
      Written by Bob Dylan
      Performed by My Chemical Romance
      First We Take Manhattan
      Written and Performed by Leonard Cohen
      Panic
      Written and Performed by Dominic Frontiere
      Man On The Moon
      Written by John Petersen
      Pruit Igoe & Prophecies
      Written by Philip Glass
      Performed by Philip Glass Ensemble

    • Filming locations:
      Bloedel Floral Conservatory, Vancouver, British Columbia
      British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, British Columbia
      Burnaby, British Columbia
      Canadian Motion Picture Park Studios, Burnaby, British Columbia
      Marine Building, Vancouver, British Columbia
      Nat Bailey Stadium, Vancouver, British Columbia
      New Westminster, British Columbia
      Old Terminal Pub, New Westminster, British Columbia
      Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam, British Columbia
      Tanex Industries, New Westminster, British Columbia
      Vancouver, British Columbia

    • Taglines:
      1. Who watches the Watchmen?
      2. We're society's only protection.
      3. This city is afraid of me. I've seen its true face.
      4. A world at peace. There had to be sacrifice.
      5. Justice is coming to all of us. No matter what we do.
      6. We were supposed to make the world a better place.
      7. The existence of life is a highly overrated phenomenon.
      8. I am used to going out at 3am and doing something stupid.

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