The year is 1985 and the US government have outlawed masked crime fighters. Most of them retired and the one with real super powers, Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) is working for the government. Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) is the only one who still walks the streets, handing out his own brand of justice. When a retired masked-man, The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), is found murdered, Rorschach suspects a plot against the masked heroes. As he goes around, tapping the retired ones they awaken from their slumber to something that could that could threathen the very fabric of world's precarious balance.
Watchmen is arguably one of the greatest graphic novels ever written. Scripted by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons, the breadth and width of it complexity is mind blowing. The news that it was making its way to the big screen was met with trepidation from most of its fans. Alan Moore, disappointed with how his others books were treated, decided to distance himself from the film. But after watching the film, I think Zack Snyder has done best possible job anyone could do with this multi-layered epic. And hats off to Jackie Earle Haley for bringing the eerie Rorschach to life.
Rating: * * *