Watchmen (2009)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 41 mins

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In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so discover a deeper and far more diabolical plot.
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Cast: Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson

Crew: Zack Snyder (Director), Larry Fong (Director of Photography), Tyler Bates (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Action, Drama, Mystery

Release Dates: 27 Mar 2009 (India)

Tagline: This city is afraid of me. I've seen its true face.

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Did you know? The first trailer for the film, which premiered with The Dark Knight (2008) sparked so much interest that it sent the graphic novel back onto the bestseller list. Barnes and Noble Bookstores reported selling out of the novel nationwide. Read More
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as Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre
as Rorschach
as Dan Dreiberg / Nite Owl
as Dr. Manhattan / Jon Osterman
as John F. Kennedy
as Young Hollis Mason
as Dollar Bill
as Captain Metropolis
as Detective Gallagher
as Henry Kissinger
as NORAD General
as John McLaughlin
as Pat Buchanan
as News Vendor
as Edward Blake / Comedian
as Detective Fine
as Teenager at Newsstand
as Janey Slater
as Laurie Jupiter / Silk Spectre II
as Karnak Scientist
as Large Man At Happy Harry's
as Older Boy Bully
as Moloch
as Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias
as Paul Klein
as Young Moloch
as Ted Koppel
as Janet Black
as Hollis Mason
as Lee Iacocca

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
This city is afraid of me. I've seen its true face.
Who will save us now?
Justice is coming to all of us. No matter what we do.
The existence of life is a highly overrated phenomenon.
I am used to going out at 3am and doing something stupid.
We were supposed to make the world a better place.
We're society's only protection.
A world at peace. There had to be sacrifice.
Who watches the Watchmen?
Goofs:
Audio/Video Mismatch
In the opening sequence at 09:44 (ultimate cut) the stem of the flower disappears and the flowers hover freely.

Character Error
Doctor Manhattan describes a "circulatory system" appearing on the grounds of a government base. However what is depicted is clearly the nervous system, as it features a brain and spinal cord, but no heart or lungs. (This error is repeated from the novel.)

Character Error
Near the beginning of the movie, Hollis Mason is listing the other members of the Minutemen besides him. He forgets to mention the Silhouette, who served with Nite Owl I in the Minutemen.

Character Error
A newscast lists the arrested Walter Kovacs' age as 35. However, all other plot points, plus the actor's age (47), show that the character's age is 45, not 35.

Character Error
When Adrian/Ozymandias is being interviewed in his office the reporter states that he is the second Watchmen to reveal his secret identity the first being Hollis Mason/Nite Owl I. Mason was a member of The Minute Men (the precursor to The Watchmen) which didn't form until he had retired and passed the Nite Owl mantle to Dan.

Continuity
The third and final inkblot shown to Rorschach by the psychiatrist is not the same after his flashback.

Continuity
In the prison, as Silk Spectre and Night Owl are fighting the inmates down the cell block, Silk Spectre's boots go from high stiletto heels to flats.

Continuity
In Dan Dreiberg's underground laboratory, Rorschach rather pointedly drags his finger through a thick coat of dust over a cover on his work bench to indicate its lack of use. Later when Laurie Juspeczyk pulls the dust cover off of the "Archimedes" ship, there is no cloud of dust.

Continuity
In the main titles, Nite Owl stands up and his head completely covers the "1940" on the sign behind him. In all subsequent shots of the photograph of "Minutemen 1940" the banner hangs unobstructed above his head.

Crew/Equipment Visible
(at around 5 mins) During the opening fight, as the Comedian is thrown across the room, Director Zack Snyder can be seen huddling between the drawer and brick wall, lower, left-hand corner of the screen. (Snyder points this out during his "live" Blu-Ray commentary.)

Crew/Equipment Visible
At Karnak in some close ups of Nite Owl's face, the reflection in his goggles shows actor Billy Crudup in his motion capture suit covered in blue dots, instead of a full rendering of Dr. Manhattan.
Trivia:
In the beginning, during the opening credits, we see the original Nite Owl I stop a thief. There are Batman/Fledermaus posters hanging on the wall of the alley. We can assume the people he rescues are Mr. and Mrs. Wayne, the parents of Batman, coming out of the theatre. Thus, there's no need for Bruce Wayne to become Batman in the Watchmen's Universe.

All of the U.S. flags in the film have 51 stars, because in the film's alternate history, Vietnam became the 51st state after America won the Vietnam War.

In the opening montage, Neil Armstrong says "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky" on the moon. In urban legend, the child Armstrong, searching in his neighbors' backyard for his lost baseball, overhears Mrs. Gorsky from the bedroom saying "Oral sex?! I'll give you oral sex when that kid next door walks on the moon!" and so, years later, says "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky" as the first lunar transmission to Earth. This story has been debunked by Armstrong himself and other sources.

The first trailer for the film, which premiered with The Dark Knight (2008) sparked so much interest that it sent the graphic novel back onto the bestseller list. Barnes and Noble Bookstores reported selling out of the novel nationwide.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays Edward Morgan Blake, the Comedian. Morgan initially turned down the role after reading the first 3 pages of the script, assuming the character was only a cameo. His agent persuaded him to read the entire script and then make a decision.

In the scene where Silk Spectre and Nite Owl rescue the people from the burning tenement, Silk Spectre can be seen briefly putting paper cups into a compartment. This is a reference to a panel in the comic where Nite Owl offers coffee to the people they have just rescued.

When Dan and Laurie are having dinner you can hear someone in the background say "I'm glad I ordered the four-legged chicken!" In the corresponding scene in the original graphic novel, there is an image of a waiter carrying a four-legged chicken.

The song played during the love scene between Night Owl II and Silk Spectre II is Leonard Cohen 's 1984 version of Hallelujah. This song is often used in movies (by several cover artists) depicting a moment of sadness or heartbreak. In this case it is used in exactly the opposite situation. Significantly, the part used includes the last verse which is usually omitted in most cover versions, but which is fitting in the context of the scene.

Rorschach's name refers to the famous Rorschach inkblot test used in psychotherapy. In the graphic novel, we learn that the material from his mask was intended for a dress belonging to Catherine Genovese, better known as "Kitty" Genovese. Her murder in public view sparked an outcry about bystander apathy.