- 2 hr 42 min
Watchmen is an action film based directed by Zak Snyder, based on the graphic novel written by Frank Miller. In an alternate world, the Minutemen, who are essentially a team of real life superhero's and vigilantes are established in 1938. Several of them die, are murdered etc... some survive. Years later, the Watchmen form from their ashes and someone has murdered one of their members, The Comedian; a crass, hardened war veteran with a pension for destruction and cynicism. One of the Watchmen, Rorschach finds Nightowl and decides to investigate the murder. Nightowl has since retired and wants little to do with the investigation. Rorschach attempts to warn his old friend and Watchmen member, Dr. Manhattan who's powers were obtained after a horrible genetic accident. Dr. Manhattan has grown weary and tired of his world. His lover and partner, Sally Jupiter AKA Silk Specrte II has become distant and confides in Nightowl for comfort. Rorschach goes to Ozymandias, a billionaire/philanthropist turned vigilante and former member of the Watchmen. Ozymandias dismisses the death and notes that Comedian wasn't much of a man worth being upset over anyway. Rorschach continues to press on in his investigation eventually leading to his arrest. Once in prison, Rorschach makes it clear he is not locked in prison with the inmates, many of whom he help put away, but that they are locked in with him. When Dr. Manhattan learns of Sally's affair with Nightowl, he goes to Mars as he has lost everything that meant something to him. After Nightowl and Silk Spectre break Rorschach out of prison, Dr. Manhattan flies Silk Spectre to Mars where she asks him to save the world from the nuclear bomb that is set to be dropped. He reveals he no longer has any interest in humanity. It is revealed that Ozymandias is behind everything, including Comedian's murder. The Watchmen confront him after Dr. Manhattan and Silk Spectre see that his plan has worked and NYC is destroyed along with many other places. After a final fight and Ozymandias's death, Rorschach forces Dr. Manhattan to vaporize and kill him which sends Nightowl into a rage. In the end, Manhattan flies to another galaxy. Nightowl and Silk Spectre return to Manhattan which is eventually rebuilt and the chronicles of the Watchmen are logged from Rorschach's journals.