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Watchmen: Zack Snyder’s masked-man epic movie review- the amazing effect have reach box office in one week

By • Mar 11th, 2009 • Category: ! Daily Info & Reviews, Entertainment

Watchmen: Zack Snyder’s masked-man epic movie review- the amazing effect have reach box office in one week

Some films are “must-see,” but “Watchmen” is more than that: Zack Snyder’s masked-man epic is the “must-discuss” movie of 2009. Like some spandex-cinema version of “Eyes Wide Shut,” “The Passion of the Christ” or “Fight Club,” the movie has divided not only the critics but also the paying audience many had crown it as a best movie for 2009, yet some had refer it as a worst movie, not mention for those who dissapointed with the storyline and, in a curious way, stirred debate among people who haven’t even seen it. Watchmen was originally published by DC comics as a 12-comic book series between 1986 and 1987, before subsequently being collected into a trade paperback. It is the only graphic novel to win the prestigious Hugo Award or to be named among Time magazine’s “100 Best English Language Novels from 1923 to the Present.”

Watchmen: Zack Snyder’s masked-man epic movie review- the amazing effect have reach box office in one week

synopsis
Watchmen
” is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society,the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered, an investigation is initiated, the washed up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion – a ragtag group of retired superheroes, The retired superheroes reunite and set out to prevent their own destruction with an extra mission to watch over humanity. In the course of doing so, they unwittingly discover a deeper and far more diabolical plot, only one of whom has true powersRorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity… but who is watching the Watchmen?”
Characters of Watchmen
The Comedian / Edward Blake: Along with Dr. Manhattan, he is the only government-sanctioned superhero after the Keene Act banning superheroes is passed. Although he attempted to rape the first Silk Spectre in the 1940s, issue nine reveals that years later he fathered her daughter Laurie as part of a consensual sexual relationship.

Watchmen: Zack Snyder’s masked-man epic movie review- the amazing effect have reach box office in one week

Doctor Manhattan / Jonathan Osterman: A superpowered being who is contracted by the United States government. Scientist Jon Osterman gained superpowers when he was caught in an “Intrinsic Field Subtractor” in 1959. Doctor Manhattan was based upon Charlton’s Captain Atom, who in Moore’s original proposal was surrounded by the shadow of nuclear threat. However, the writer found he could do more with Manhattan as a “kind of a quantum super-hero” than he could have with Captain Atom. In opposition to other superheroes that lacked scientific exploration of their origins, Moore sought to delve into nuclear physics and quantum physics in constructing the character of Dr. Manhattan. The writer believed that a character living in a quantum universe would not perceive time with a linear perspective, which would influence the character’s perception of human affairs.

Nite Owl / Dan Dreiberg: A retired superhero who utilizes owl-themed gadgets. Nite Owl was based on the Ted Kord version of the Blue Beetle. Richard Reynolds noted in Super Heroes: A Modern Mythology that despite the character’s Charlton roots, Nite Owl’s modus operandi has more in common with the DC Comics character Batman. According to Klock, his civilian form “visually suggests an impotent, middle-aged Clark Kent.

Ozymandias / Adrian Veidt: Drawing inspiration from Alexander the Great, Veidt was once the superhero Ozymandias, but has since retired to devote his attention to the running of his own enterprises. Veidt is believed to be one of the smartest men on the planet. Ozymandias was directly based on Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt, whom Moore had admired for using his full brain capacity as well as possessing full physical and mental control.

Rorschach / Walter Kovacs: A vigilante who wears a white mask that contains a symmetrical but constantly shifting ink blot pattern, he continues to fight crime in spite of his outlaw status. Moore said he did not foresee the death of Rorschach until the fourth issue when he realized that his refusal to compromise would result in him not surviving the story.

Silk Spectre / Laurie Juspeczyk: The daughter of the first Silk Spectre (with whom she has a strained relationship) and The Comedian. She had been the lover of Doctor Manhattan for years. Silk Spectre was based only in part on the Charlton character Nightshade; Moore was not impressed by the character and drew more from heroines such as Black Canary and Phantom Lady

Watchmen: Zack Snyder’s masked-man epic movie review- the amazing effect have reach box office in one week

“Watchmen” clocked in with $55.7 million in ticket sales to claim the top spot at the box office, making director Zack Snyder’s comic book adaptation about a team of twisted superheros the biggest opening of 2009 so far.

Still, it was not quite as big as the $70 million take of Snyder’s “300” in 2007.

Dan Fellman, head of distribution for “Watchmen” studio Warner Bros., said it was unfair to compare the two films.

“They’re two different movies,” Fellman said Sunday. “This is a movie that runs two hours and 45 minutes. That really only leaves the exhibitor with one showing a night. If you have an 8 o’clock show, the next show is at midnight. So with essentially one show a night, I think this is outstanding.”

Fans of the subversive comic book series by writer Alan Moore and illustrator Dave Gibbons waited years for Snyder’s big-screen version. The anticipation was complicated last year when Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox fought over who owned rights to the $125 million film. The studios eventually settled in January, keeping the March 6 opening intact.

Many “Watchmen” enthusiasts raced to IMAX theaters to see the exploits of Dr. Manhattan and company on the bigger screens. Greg Foster, chairman and president of IMAX Filmed Entertainment, said the movie sold out on all 124 IMAX screens it was playing on during the weekend and was the second largest opening in company history behind another superhero film, 2008’s “The Dark Knight.”

With no other new releases to compete against, “Watchmen” easily bumped off “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail,” which had held the top spot the two previous weekends. The Lionsgate comedy took in $8.8 million, good for second place, according to studio estimates Sunday. 20th Century Fox’s “Taken,” starring Liam Neeson, took the No. 3 position with $7.5 million.

Watchmen: Zack Snyder’s masked-man epic movie review- the amazing effect have reach box office in one week

For the year, movie attendance continues to soar, with revenue at $1.9 billion, up 16 percent through the same point in 2008. Even factoring in 2009’s higher ticket prices, movie attendance is running 14 percent higher than last year.

Disney’s “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience” dropped from No. 2 to No. 9 at the box office.

“There have been some casualties this year,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Media By Numbers. “Not every film can be a hit – even during this box-office bonanza we’re having right now. It dropped about 78 percent the second weekend. It’s a young audience. The ones that wanted to see the Jonas Brothers came out last weekend.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Monday.
box office film chart for 2009

Watchmen: Zack Snyder’s masked-man epic movie review- the amazing effect have reach box office in one week

1. “Watchmen,” $55.7 million.

2. “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail,” $8.8 million

3. “Taken,” $7.5 million.

4. “Slumdog Millionaire,” $6.9 million.

5. “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” $4.1 million.

6. “He’s Just Not That Into You,” $4 million.

7. “Coraline,” $3.3 million.

8. “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” $3.1 million.

9. “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience,” $2.8 million.

10. “Fired Up,” $2.6 million

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