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watchmenWatchmen Rated: R Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes I didn't think this would be my kind of movie.  I'm not a comic book fan, but I was pleasantly surprised by The Watchmen. I didn't know anything about the controversy behind this film.  I was unaware that Alan Moore, who created the comic book series, didn't want this movie to be made.  There are also tons of his fans who feel the same way.  After hearing about these "issues" I thought I would be an outsider watching the movie and not understanding all the subtleties of the comic book that were left out. That was not the case.  This was all I needed to know for  the film: There were a group of regular people who dressed as superheros in the 1940's and helped protect America. Only one of "The Watchmen" really has superpowers, the rest are mere mortals with great fighting skills. Some are still around and it is now 1985 and there's a new generation of regular superheros, but they've basically forced into retirement by President Richard Nixon.  That's right, we apparently loved Nixon so much we dumped term limits so he could remain Commander in  Chief.  We've also got a big problem with the Soviet Union and the two countries are on the brink of a nuclear war. Some of these heros are getting knocked off.   Hence the line, "Who will watch the Watchmen?" The special effects were great and I found myself sucked into the movie immediately.  Yes, it's long but worth it. If you're going to go, it's a must to see it on Star Cinema's IMAX. starcinema

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