Film of the Day: Watchmen (2009)

Watchmen - Jackie Earle Harley as Rorschach.
Jackie Earle Harley as the enigmatic Rorschach. Photo: Paramount

Based on Alan Moore’s tImeless graphic novel, Zach Snyder attempts to bring this monumental achievement in the comic genre to the big screen. In an alternate 1985, Richard Nixon continues his tenure in the White House – massively popular with the electorate after his crushing defeat of the Viet Cong.

However, the American public have lost interest in their superheroes, one of whom, Dr Manhattan (Billy Crudup) was largely responsible for the war’s victory. Now he and his fellow crime-fighters are branded as vigilantes, and have been banned by the law.

When one such super ‘hero’, ironically named the Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is killed, the former heroes begin to investigate and discover a terrifying plan is under way…

Also starring Matthew Goode, Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Harley and Patrick Wilson.

154 mins

Watchmen – Monday at 10.55pm on Film4