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This is an adaptation of Alan Moore‘s landmark comic book series. 'Watchmen’ kills off one of its main characters in the first three minutes in a brilliant, though brutal, scene that announces this as no ordinary superhero movie. Based on a groundbreaking graphic novel that has been revered for more than two decades, it poses the question: what kind of person thinks he has what it takes to right the wrongs of the world? The film took years to make it to the big screen; directors came and went and a lawsuit over who owned the rights threatened to scuttle it on the eve of the release. But the result is breathtaking.

Director Zack Snyder has created a world so vivid that it looks and feels as though you could step right into it. The sets are beautiful: 1980s New York, re-created in Vancouver, is seedy and sophisticated. Snyder has edited the novel well; a lot of the original dialogue remains but its most cringeworthy lines have been omitted. It's very much a character-driven story although none of them are particularly likeable.

‘Watchmen’ is a complex piece of work - an action flick, melodrama, political satire and bleak commentary on human nature. It's also beautiful, brutal, sad, exciting and chilling. I cannot say enough good things about this movie. If you are a comic book or superhero fan check it out, even if you are not into the genre of film. You won't be disappointed.

DVD Extras

Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World
The Phenomenon: The Comic That Changed Comics
Immerse Yourself in All 11 Watchmen Video Journals
My Chemical Romance \‘Desolation Row\’ Music Video