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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    Robert Wisden

    Robert Wisden

    Robert Nixon

    Patrick Wilson

    Patrick Wilson

    Dan Dreiberg / Nite Owl/Dan Dreiberg (Nite Owl)

    Carla Gugino

    Carla Gugino

    Sally Jupiter (Silk Spectre)

    Malin Akerman

    Malin Akerman

    Laurie Jupiter (Silk Spectre II)

    Jerry Wasserman

    Jerry Wasserman

    Detective Fine

    Matthew Goode

    Matthew Goode

    Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt (Ozymandias)

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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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