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"WATCHMEN"
(2009) (Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson) (R)

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QUICK TAKE:
Action/Drama: In an alternate reality where Richard Nixon is facing nuclear Armageddon in his fifth presidential term during the 1980s, a small group of retired superheroes tries to figure out if someone is out to kill them.
PLOT:
It's 1985, and Richard Nixon is serving his fifth term as President of the U.S., but is facing an increasingly dangerous nuclear showdown with the Soviet Union. The world is this way due to an original band of superheroes who changed history many decades ago, to be followed by a new group, known as the Watchmen, who took their place.

Yet, after demigod Doctor Manhattan (BILLY CRUDUP), a.k.a. Dr. Jon Osterman, changed the course of the Vietnam War alongside the far more human, flawed and homicidal The Comedian (JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN) -- Edward Blake in private -- Nixon outlawed superheroes, but privately kept those two on the government payroll.

Their former cohorts, however, have gone their own ways. While Laurie Juspeczyk, a.k.a. Silk Spectre II (MALIN AKERMAN), is romantically attached to Dr. Manhattan -- despite his genetically altered blue glow -- and is following in the footsteps of her mother, Sally Jupiter, the first Silk Spectre (CARLA CUGINO), Daniel Dreiberg, a.k.a. Nite Owl II (PATRICK WILSON), wonders whatever happened to their type, and secretly longs for Laurie.

Adrian Veidt, a.k.a. Ozymandias (MATTEW GOODE), the smartest man in the world, has become an ultra-successful businessman, but Walter Kovacs, a.k.a. Rorschach (JACKIE EARLE HALEY) -- so named for his ever-changing inkblot mask he wears -- is still carrying on the good fight, albeit as a shadowy vigilante. When The Comedian is murdered, it's Rorschach who's convinced that someone's gunning to bring down the rest of them, and starts investigating who that might be.

As that occurs and various members of The Watchmen are reunited, Dr. Manhattan and Adrian strive to create unlimited resources for all of humankind, in hopes of circumventing what looks like an inevitable nuclear war that Nixon seems prepared to wage against the Soviets.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
They might if they're fans of the original comic book series, film adaptations of comic books in general, and/or anyone in the cast.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • JACKIE EARLE HALEY plays the masked and bitter vigilante who's continued on his quest to deal with criminals. He's the first to be concerned that The Comedian's death was the beginning of a conspiracy against them and starts investigating that, all while fighting with and/or killing various thugs and such along the way.
  • PATRICK WILSON plays a former superhero who wonders what happened to the good old days, and longs for Laurie with whom he eventually has sex. When called upon, he returns to superhero duty.
  • MALIN AKERMAN plays that fellow superhero who has sex with him after breaking up with Dr. Manhattan with whom she was also sexually active. She also fights various criminals and thugs, and is tormented by a secret from her past. She uses some strong profanity.
  • BILLY CRUDUP plays a nuclear physicist who was turned into a demigod of sorts after being accidentally caught in a scientific experiment that altered him to the genetic core. Now capable of teleportation, changing in size and more, he often works fully nude, looking for a solution for the growing nuclear crisis, but he's quickly losing interest not only in Laurie (with whom he sexually interacts) but also most humans in general.
  • MATTEW GOODE plays the smartest man in the world, and one of the wealthiest, an industrialist who has a plan to deal with that nuclear crisis and is willing to sacrifice millions to save billions of people.
  • JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN plays a former superhero killed at the beginning of the film and thus is seen mostly in flashback. He smokes cigars, uses strong profanity, kills many for the sick pleasure of doing so, drinks, impregnated a local woman in Vietnam, tries to rape Sally and apparently later impregnates her, and generally doesn't care about anyone but himself.
  • CARLA CUGINO plays Laurie's mother, the first Silk Spectre superhero, now retired from the biz and who spends her time drinking. We learn that she had an affair with The Comedian after he beat and tried to rape her.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this dramatic action pic that's been rated R. Profanity consists of at least 19 "f" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. Sexually related dialogue and other related material is present, as are several sexual encounters (intercourse and heavily suggested male to female oral) with nudity, movement and sounds. A muscular superhero character is often seen fully nude (frontal and rear, all seen with blue skin), while a hooker exposes her bare breasts, and some lesbian related material occurs.

    Violence consists of people being killed by various means (and thousands if not millions of deaths are heavily implied late in the film), while all sorts of hard-hitting fighting (punches, kicks, and other blows including those that graphically break limbs and such) is also present, as is an attempted but interrupted rape. Some of that has very bloody/gory results, and those scenes and moments of potential peril (including the end of the world via nuclear Armageddon) might be unsettling and/or suspenseful to some viewers.

    The action and other behavior might be enticing for some kids to try to imitate, while all sorts of bad attitudes are present. Drinking occurs in various scenes with some drunkenness and implied alcoholism, as does some smoking, while tense family material is present as are various thematic elements.

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those concerned with bright flashes of light on the screen, there's some of that when lights in The Comedian's closet come on and flicker, more later from lightning, and then some in a flashback scene from electrical charges hitting Jon.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Daniel chats with his predecessor who has a beer and comments that he must be drunk already. Daniel also has a beer, but we don't see him drink any.
  • Rorschach talks of heroin and child pornography.
  • Sally has a margarita and offers one to Laurie who complains that it's only 2 o'clock.
  • In a flashback, The Comedian drinks in a bar as do others.
  • A former villain says that The Comedian was drunk in the past when the latter visited him, and we then see a flashback view of The Comedian and his flask.
  • A former villain possesses some sort of illegal medication that he states is for cancer.
  • There's a flashback to normal Jon's earlier girlfriend buying him a beer, and we see that in its mug.
  • People drink in a bar.
  • Adrian and others hold and then toast with champagne, and apparently that was poisoned for the others as they're all then seen dead.
  • We see a flashback to Sally's husband being angry with her, saying that The Comedian tried to rape her in the past, and now she let him "finish the job." He then asks if she was drunk or just lonely.
  • Sally has a drink and offers one to Laurie who turns down the offer.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • The Comedian's face is bloody (and some gets on his smiley face button) as he fights an assailant. After he's thrown out a window to his death many stories below on the street, we see pools of blood around him there.
  • We see two dead and bloody lesbians in bed, previously murdered, with the words "Lesbian whores" written in blood on the wall.
  • We see a dead and bloody superhero propped up against a wall (from unseen violence).
  • We see a distant view of the JFK assassination (rifle shot to the head, with blood), and then see that The Comedian was the shooter in the grassy knoll.
  • We see two dead and bloody people (from unseen violence).
  • We hear from Rorschach's journal, with him commenting on the gutters being filled with blood.
  • Laurie vomits (motion and sound, but no direct view) from Dr. Manhattan teleporting her from elsewhere.
  • In a flashback, The Comedian's face is bloody after being pummeled.
  • In a flashback, North Vietnamese soldiers fire upon a huge Dr. Manhattan who uses his powers to disintegrate them, while The Comedian fires a flamethrower into another one.
  • In a flashback, The Comedian's face is very bloody after a woman slices him there with a broken bottle.
  • About an earlier encounter with The Comedian, a former villain states he (the villain) was "pissing in my pants."
  • Some thugs follow Daniel and Laurie into an alley, intent on robbing them (or worse), but the superheroes fight them off, with some bloody results (a badly broken arm, with skin broken and blood out, a leg broken backwards, and a person's body used as a shield from bullets that draw some blood).
  • We see a flashback to normal Jon being trapped in an experimental room where electrical charges hit and then disintegrate him, first with organs and muscles exposed, then bones, and then nothing (in quick progression). Later, as he starts to reappear, we see another interior organ and muscle view of his body.
  • We see a flashback to Dr. Manhattan disintegrating several gunmen, with blood and guts splattering all over people and walls, with what appears to be a skeletal arm hanging from the ceiling.
  • A gunmen opens fire on Adrian and others in Adrian's office. One is hit in the leg (with blood spurting out), another in the back, and a third in the back of the head (with lots of blood coming out). He tries to shoot Adrian who knocks him aside with a pedestal or something similar, but the assailant has ingested a suicide pill and quickly dies, with foaming coming from his mouth.
  • We see a dead man with a bullet hole in his forehead.
  • Rorschach's face is bruised when exposed after his mask is finally removed.
  • We see what looks like a dead and bloody dog (from Rorschach presumably killing it - not seen).
  • In a flashback, some older punks pick on young Rorschach, followed by him attacking them, including knocking one guy down to the ground where he bites his cheek hard enough to pull up and break through the skin, with bloody results.
  • Rorschach tries to locate a kidnapped girl, finding what looks like her bloody panties in a small stove. Later, he sees two dogs outside tugging on the girl's severed, bloody leg. When Rorschach encounters the kidnapper, he eventually slams a cleaver down into the man's head. That's seen in full, with bloody results, followed by repeated blows seen in silhouette, including that of blood spraying and splattering out.
  • A prisoner readies a shiv to use on Rorschach in the cafeteria line, but Rorschach blocks that with his tray that he then uses to hit that other prisoner. He then grabs a container of hot oil that he throws into that prisoner's face, burning that and his hands.
  • Daniel has a nightmare where he and Laurie are standing facing each other, fully nude. She then peels his skin away to reveal his head in his superhero outfit, and then both are dressed that way as a nuclear explosion goes off behind them. The blast hits them, disintegrating down to their skeletons.
  • After Rorschach ties a prisoner's hands to the inside of his prison cell bars, another prisoner (who sees that man in the way) takes a rotary saw of some sort and cuts through both of the man's arms, with extremely bloody results (blood spraying everywhere, bloody stumps, etc.).
  • We see blood run out from under a men's room door after Rorschach wounds or kills a prisoner.
  • Adrian and others hold and then toast with champagne, and apparently that was poisoned for the others as they're all then seen dead. Adrian then uses a device to disintegrate their bodies.
  • A massive pulse blast tears through a major city, destroying buildings and presumably killing thousands or more (only a few are seen being obliterated).
  • Adrian uses some sort of device to disintegrate his large pet tiger (or something similar) as well as Dr. Manhattan, with first flesh off and then down to their skeletons until they're gone.
  • Dr. Manhattan disintegrates a person upon their request, with bloody results left in the snow.
  • Daniel smashes Adrian back against a wall of monitors and repeatedly punches him, but Adrian doesn't fight back (and has some blood on his face as a result).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • The person responsible for The Comedian and others' deaths obviously has a bad attitude.
  • Various criminals have bad attitudes for their actions.
  • Some viewers might not like the film's portrayal of women, what with one having a later affair with her would-be rapist who beat her (and she's now apparently an alcoholic), another quickly jumping into bed with a second man after breaking off a sexual relationship with another one, and others portrayed as prostitutes and such.
  • We hear from Rorschach's journal, with him comparing something to something else filled with "retarded children."
  • In the past, The Comedian beats up and then tries to rape Sally, but is stopped. It's later revealed, however, that she cheated on her husband with The Comedian.
  • In a flashback and after the Vietnam War is over, a pregnant local comes into a bar and demands something from The Comedian, the father of the unborn child. The Comedian refuses and makes disparaging remarks toward her and her country. In response, she breaks a bottle and slices his face, followed by him aiming his gun at her and then shooting her dead.
  • Rorschach operates as a violent vigilante.
  • As Rorschach walks by some hookers uninterested in them, one exposes her bare breasts and says it will cost him $50, but he keeps walking. That prompts her to become belligerent, saying "F*ck you" and "You f*cking homo."
  • Some thugs follow Daniel and Laurie into an alley, intent on robbing them (or worse).
  • We hear that many who've been around Dr. Manhattan have died from cancer, but later learn this was caused by someone else placing cancer-causing substances around them.
  • Some viewers might not like it when Dr. Manhattan states he doesn't think there's a God (based on what people are capable of doing).
  • We see a flashback to Dr. Manhattan kissing a young woman, thus infuriating his girlfriend at the time.
  • Some viewers might not like a crazy person being labeled as a "lone nut."
  • A prisoner angrily tells Rorschach, "I'm gonna f*ck you like I f*cked your mother."
  • We see a flashback to young Rorschach checking to see if his mom, a prostitute, is okay (as she fools around with some guy while standing in her lingerie or something similar). His mom slaps his face and tells young Rorschach (about him) that she should have had that abortion.
  • In a flashback, some older punks pick on young Rorschach for being the son of a prostitute. They call him a "whore" son and "retard," comment on him catching a disease from her, and one asks, "You think she'd suck my d*ck for a dollar?"
  • There's a brief scene featuring a man who's kidnapped and apparently killed a young girl.
  • A prisoner states (about Rorschach) that he's going to tear him a new hole.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" and/or "Blood/Gore" may be unsettling and/or suspenseful to younger viewers and/or those with low tolerance levels for such material.
  • There's talk of the Doomsday Clock (the proximity to nuclear war) as being 5 minutes until midnight, meaning such war with the Soviets is imminent.
  • We briefly see TV footage of a protestor fully engulfed in flames while seated on the street.
  • Daniel returns home to find his door broken up, so he cautiously proceeds inside, only to find Rorschach there and nothing happens.
  • There are various views of President Nixon contemplating and then taking the country ever closer to nuclear war with the Soviets (more unsettling in concept than in actual presented suspense).
  • We see a family trapped in a burning building. While Laurie goes inside the inferno, Daniel uses his ship's machine guns to shoot out the supports of a water tower atop the building. They then get everyone out, with Laurie turning and leaping out just as a massive, fiery blast shoots out toward her and the ship (but she's okay).
  • Upset, Laurie slams her hand against a huge, towering glass/crystal structure, causing it to crack and eventually break apart. A huge pointed piece falls toward her, but crashes into a force field of sorts that Dr. Manhattan has created for both of them (with the rest of the glass/crystal crashing onto that, with no harm to them).
  • Daniel loses control of his ship and nearly flies into the side of an icy cliff, pulling up just in time.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns/Rifles/Shotguns/Machine guns/Explosives/Knives/Cleaver/Shiv/Flamethrowers/Molotov cocktail: Carried and/or used to threaten, wound or kill others and/or cause property damage. See "Violence" for details.
  • We see rifles mounted on The Comedian's wall.
  • We see machines guns being held.
  • We see Russian missiles being paraded down a Cuban street.
  • We see a young woman placing a flower into the barrel of a gun (like the famous photo), but then hear that or other rifles being fired, but we don't see any impact.
  • We see various weapons in The Comedian's closet after his death.
  • We see a bank of TV monitors showing all sorts of images (all fairly small), including footage from one of the "Mad Max" movies with Mel Gibson's character holding a gun, as does another (but no shots are fired).
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "F*ck no," "Just what I f*cking needed," "Get the f*ck out of here," "It's all a f*cking joke," "F*ck you," "You f*cking homo," "Which of you is giving me a pity f*ck?" "I'm gonna f*ck you like I f*cked your mother," "What the f*ck /do you want?" "Who the f*ck are you?" "We both know that's bullsh*t," "Piece of sh*t," "This is all bullsh*t," "Your bullsh*t," "Lesbian whores" (written), "Bloating aging whore," "Bloody hell," "Tricky Dick" (for Richard Nixon), "What the hell /are you doing here/happened to you?" "You little bastard," "You don't really give a damn," "Sure as hell," "Moron," "I was pissing in my pants," "Damn you," "G*ddman you," "You son of a bitch," "Lone nut" (crazy person), "You retard," "Oh hell," "I'm gonna tear this guy a new hole," "To hell with it," "You bastards" and "You're such an asshole."
  • The fighting, stunts and other action might be enticing for some kids to try to imitate.
  • A few characters in the film have varying sorts of tattoos.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A heavy amount of suspenseful and ominous music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • The song "I'm Your Boogie Man" has the lyrics "I'm your boogie man. I'm your boogie man. Turn me on. I'm your boogie man. I'm your boogie man. Do what you want. I'm your boogie man that's what I am. I'm here to do whatever I can. Be it early mornin,' late afternoon. Or at midnight, it's never too soon."
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 19 "f" words (3 used sexually, and several more mouthed), 7 "s" words, 3 slang terms using male genitals ("pr*ck" and "d*ck"), 8 hells, 5 damns, 3 S.O.B.s, 1 ass (used with "hole"), 1 crap, 12 uses of "G-damn," 6 of "God," 4 of "Oh God," 3 each of "Jesus Christ" and "Oh my God," 2 of "For Christ's sakes" and 1 use of "Christ."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • We see the cover of Hustler Magazine in The Comedian's place, but the view is brief and distant, but appeared to show a couple kissing (no nudity was noted, but could be present).
  • On a twist of the famous V-J Day photo, a woman grabs another woman on the street and kisses her in a similar, bent-over pose. We later see that first woman and possibly the second dead in bed after that.
  • A man exits a hooker's place, followed by the next man going in.
  • We see some scantly clad women and stereotypically dressed gay men of the 1970s in front of Studio 54.
  • We hear from Rorschach's journal, with him commenting on all of the sex and violence, and that the night reeks of bad fornication.
  • Rorschach talks of heroin and child pornography.
  • We see Dr. Manhattan's full rear nudity, both in giant and then normal-size form (albeit blue-tinged, as is the case with all other views of his nudity). Laurie and Rorschach see his full frontal nudity, but we don't (at least in this scene).
  • Laurie shows cleavage.
  • Sally proudly shows Laurie some hand-illustrated porno magazine (possibly about Sally) that shows various sketches, including a man between a woman's legs, but we didn't note anything terribly explicit (it's a quick view of multiple panels so it's possible something's in such views).
  • There's mention of Sally having had a fling with The Comedian in the past. We then see a flashback where she goes off to change behind closed doors, and is down to her 1950s era style undergarments when The Comedian walks in and tells her he knows what she needs. She then punches him, followed by him doing the same back to her several times (chest and face). He then kicks her, slams her down face-first onto a pool table (with her butt now at his crotch), and prepares to rape her from behind (he undoes his belt and/or pants and uses his foot to spread her legs). But another superhero comes in and stops The Comedian by pummeling him with punches, with The Comedian sarcastically asking if that's how that guy likes it.
  • We see Dr. Manhattan in just small shorts.
  • The song "I'm Your Boogie Man" has the lyrics "I'm your boogie man. I'm your boogie man. Turn me on. I'm your boogie man. I'm your boogie man. Do what you want. I'm your boogie man that's what I am. I'm here to do whatever I can. Be it early mornin,' late afternoon. Or at midnight, it's never too soon."
  • We see marquee signs advertising nude women and adults movies, but only see the words and no imagery.
  • As Rorschach walks by some hookers uninterested in them, one exposes her bare breasts and says it will cost him $50, but he keeps walking. That prompts her to become belligerent, saying "F*ck you" and "You f*cking homo."
  • We hear Laurie's sexual sounds and then see an overhead head and shoulders view of her in ecstasy. Dr. Manhattan's hand goes up her body and a finger goes in her mouth where she sucks on it (saying it's like licking a battery), followed by another arm, and then a third and fourth (the overhead view suggesting he's performing oral sex on her below the camera shot). She then stops him, he complains that he doesn't know what stimulates her anymore, and she gets mad when she realizes this was just another manifestation of himself while another part of him was still working his lab. She complains about him still working while being in bed with her, and then sees four versions of Dr. Manhattan in the lab, all fully nude (we see full male frontal nudity on all of them). She then asks which of them was giving her a "pity f*ck."
  • As Laurie comments on Dr. Manhattan becoming disassociated with normal things in life as he transcends all of that, we see him examining one of her bras as if unsure of what it is.
  • We see a flashback to normal Jon and his girlfriend at the time kissing, and later hear him comment about the first time they made love. During that, we see him on top of her in bed, under the covers, in slow motion, with no nudity but movement and views and sounds of her pleasured reaction.
  • We see Dr. Manhattan's full frontal nudity.
  • We see a flashback to Dr. Manhattan kissing a young woman, thus infuriating his girlfriend at the time.
  • A prisoner angrily tells Rorschach, "I'm gonna f*ck you like I f*cked your mother."
  • We see a flashback to young Rorschach checking to see if his mom, a prostitute, is okay (as she fools around with some guy while standing in her lingerie or something similar). His mom slaps his face and tells young Rorschach (about him) that she should have had that abortion.
  • In a flashback, some older punks pick on young Rorschach for being the son of a prostitute. They call him a "whore" son and "retard," comment on him catching a disease from her, and one asks, "You think she'd suck my d*ck for a dollar?"
  • Laurie realizes there's no future with Dr. Manhattan anymore and that Daniel likes her, so she kisses Daniel and then straddles him. There's some slight disrobing (nothing explicit) with him ending up shirtless on top of her, and they try to have sex. However, he apparently can't, with her asking what's wrong and nothing else happens at that moment. We then see what turns out to be his nightmare where the two of them are standing facing each other, kissing, fully nude (both sides of bare butts, glimpses of her bare breasts and possibly his penis). Nothing else happens as a nuclear blast disintegrates them and he wakes up. Later, she walks down into his lab to see him looking at something away from the camera, fully nude (we see his full rear nudity). We then see them dressed in their superhero outfits, with hers including a thin leotard type bottom at her crotch area, although she has something like shorts on beneath that.
  • A prisoner states (about Rorschach) that he's going to tear him a new hole.
  • Daniel and Laurie make out on his ship, undressing and then her having sex on top of him, fully nude (we see her bare butt and breasts, along with movement). We next see them having sex in the missionary position, with views of his thrusting bare butt, while she accidentally hits a button that shoots flames out of his ship, just as both are climaxing. We next see them in a nude embrace, post-sex, but nothing explicit (nudity-wise) is seen at that moment.
  • We see Dr. Manhattan's full rear nudity.
  • We see Dr. Manhattan's full frontal nudity.
  • Sally shows cleavage.
  • We see a flashback to Sally's husband being angry with her, saying that The Comedian tried to rape her in the past, and now she let him "finish the job." He then asks if she was drunk or just lonely.
  • We see a bank of TV monitors showing all sorts of images (all fairly small), including one woman seemingly kissing another woman's bare breasts.
  • SMOKING
  • The Comedian smokes cigars many times in many scenes, while some minor/miscellaneous characters smoke cigars, cigarettes and/or pipes.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • A young girl sees her parents arguing (we later learn this is Laurie).
  • We see another flashback to Laurie's parents arguing, with talk of her making a mistake.
  • We see The Comedian's funeral, but don't know if any present are family members.
  • It's stated that by the time Adrian was 17, both of his parents were dead.
  • We see a flashback to young Rorschach checking to see if his mom, a prostitute, is okay (as she fools around with some guy while standing in her lingerie or something similar). His mom slaps his face and tells young Rorschach (about him) that she should have had that abortion.
  • We see a flashback to Sally's husband being angry with her, saying that The Comedian tried to rape her in the past, and now she let him "finish the job." He then asks if she was drunk or just lonely.
  • SPOILER ALERT: Laurie learns that The Comedian was her father, and she's not happy about that.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • There's talk of the Doomsday Clock (the proximity to nuclear war) as being 5 minutes until midnight, meaning such war with the Soviets is imminent.
  • The film's alternate reality where Richard Nixon is in his fifth term as President in 1985.
  • Adrian's desire to make resources infinite and thus wars obsolete.
  • Sally having a later fling with the Comedian who earlier beat and attempted to rape her.
  • The comment that humans are savage in nature.
  • Dr. Manhattan stating he doesn't think there's a God (based on what people are capable of doing).
  • There are various views of President Nixon contemplating and then taking the country ever closer to nuclear war with the Soviets.
  • Rorschach commenting that God doesn't make the world the (bad) way it is, but that man does.
  • The comment that if everyone on Earth died, the universe wouldn't notice, and one character's comment that life is vastly overrated.
  • The notion of sacrificing millions of people to save billions.
  • VIOLENCE
  • An assailant kicks in The Comedian's door, prompting The Comedian to throw his coffee mug at him (it misses) and then try to shoot him, but the assailant grabs his arm and the shot goes into the TV. The assailant then throws The Comedian back against a wall and proceeds to punch, kick and otherwise batter him quite severely, with The Comedian trying to punch him back, with his fist going through the wall, etc. The Comedian's thrown across the room several times, landing on and smashing furniture, while he throws various large kitchen knives at the assailant who grabs and seems to stab The Comedian's arm or hand and smash his head before blasting him out through a window. The Comedian falls many stories, but we don't see the fatal impact on the street below (although we do see his body on the street with pools of blood around him).
  • We see two dead and bloody lesbians in bed, previously murdered, with the words "Lesbian whores" written in blood on the wall.
  • We see a dead and bloody superhero propped up against a wall (from unseen violence).
  • We see a distant view of the JFK assassination (rifle shot to the head, with blood), and then see that The Comedian was the shooter in the grassy knoll.
  • We briefly see TV footage of a protestor fully engulfed in flames while seated on the street.
  • We see two dead and bloody people (from unseen violence).
  • We see a young woman placing a flower into the barrel of a gun (like the famous photo), but then hear that or other rifles being fired, but we don't see any impact.
  • A flammable device is lit and thrown against a window where it explodes.
  • Rorschach breaks glass along a door to gain entry.
  • Daniel mentions Rorschach dropping some bothersome person down an elevator shaft in the past.
  • There's mention of Sally having had a fling with The Comedian in the past. We then see a flashback where she goes off to change behind closed doors, and is down to her 1950s era style undergarments when The Comedian walks in and tells her he knows what she needs. She then punches him, followed by him doing the same back to her several times (chest and face). He then kicks her, slams her down face-first onto a pool table (with her butt now at his crotch), and prepares to rape her from behind (he undoes his belt and/or pants and uses his foot to spread her legs). But another superhero comes in and stops The Comedian by pummeling him with punches, with The Comedian sarcastically asking if that's how that guy likes it.
  • In a flashback, North Vietnamese soldiers fire upon a huge Dr. Manhattan who uses his powers to disintegrate them, while The Comedian fires a flamethrower into another one.
  • In a flashback and after the Vietnam War is over, a pregnant local comes into a bar and demands something from The Comedian, the father of the unborn child. The Comedian refuses and makes disparaging remarks toward her and her country. In response, she breaks a bottle and slices his face, followed by him aiming his gun at her and then shooting her dead.
  • The Comedian purposefully sets a U.S. map on fire.
  • We see some rioting in a flashback, with a man hitting a newspaper vending box with a baseball bat that he then uses to smash the windshield of a burning car. When Daniel and The Comedian fly up in the former's small spaceship like craft, someone throws a Molotov cocktail into its windshield. As a result, The Comedian gets out and proceeds to beat up many rioters (hard punches and kicks) before shooting more with his shotgun (we don't see the impact until the last one, a man who's shot from a distance and falls to the street).
  • Rorschach smashes a former villain into that man's fridge, pins him to the floor, bends or breaks his arm or finger, and then pins him against the wall, all to get him to talk.
  • We see a flashback to The Comedian falling many stories from the above attack, but again don't see the deadly impact with the street below him.
  • Mad at Dr. Manhattan, Laurie throws something at him that passes through his head and smashes a monitor behind him.
  • Some thugs follow Daniel and Laurie into an alley, intent on robbing them (or worse). One takes a knife at Daniel who breaks his arm in a bad fashion (with skin broken and blood out), with both then fighting the thugs and beating them up, one by one with various harsh punches, kicks and more. That includes a leg being broken backwards, Laurie breaking one's neck and stabbing something into another man's neck (no blood) before using him as a shield from another thug who fires his handgun at her. Daniel then grabs and injures or kills him.
  • We hear that many who've been around Dr. Manhattan have died from cancer, but later learn this was caused by someone else placing cancer-causing substances around them.
  • We see a flashback to normal Jon being trapped in an experimental room where electrical charges hit and then disintegrate him, first with organs and muscles exposed, then bones, and then nothing (in quick progression).
  • We see a flashback to Dr. Manhattan using his powers to blow a tank apart (at least in terms of separating all of its formerly individual pieces) and then reassemble it as a big ball of metal and such.
  • We see a flashback to Dr. Manhattan disintegrating several gunmen, with blood and guts splattering all over people and walls, with what appears to be a skeletal arm hanging from the ceiling.
  • A gunmen opens fire on Adrian and others in Adrian's office. One is hit in the leg (with blood spurting out), another in the back, and a third in the back of the head (with lots of blood coming out). He tries to shoot Adrian who knocks him aside with a pedestal or something similar, but the assailant has ingested a suicide pill and quickly dies, with foaming coming from his mouth.
  • We see a dead man with a bullet hole in his forehead.
  • Cops come after Rorschach with handguns and automatic weapons, but he shoots flames at them from a makeshift flamethrower (an aerosol can), hits others, and shoots a grappling hook against another cop's chest. A machine gun is fired at him and he blasts out through a window to the street below where he fights with more cops before being subdued.
  • We see what looks like a dead and bloody dog (from Rorschach presumably killing it - not seen).
  • We see a flashback to young Rorschach checking to see if his mom, a prostitute, is okay (as she fools around with some guy while standing in her lingerie or something similar). His mom slaps his face and tells young Rorschach (about him) that she should have had that abortion.
  • In a flashback, some older punks pick on young Rorschach for being the son of a prostitute. They call him a "whore" son and "retard," comment on him catching a disease from her, and one asks, "You think she'd suck my d*ck for a dollar?" In response, young Rorschach punches one punk in the crotch and hits him again before jumping on the second, knocking that guy down to the ground where he bites his cheek hard enough to pull up and break through the skin, with bloody results.
  • Rorschach tries to locate a kidnapped girl, finding what looks like her bloody panties in a small stove. The kidnapper then returns home, Rorschach hits him and then disappears, with the kidnapper then slowly approaching, handgun at the ready, a silhouetted figure that turns out to be a decoy. Rorschach then crashes through a window, tackles the man, and cuffs him. After seeing two dogs tugging on the girl's severed leg, Rorschach approaches the man with a large cleaver and then slams that down into the man's head. That's seen in full, with bloody results, followed by repeated blows seen in silhouette, including that of blood spraying and splattering out.
  • A prisoner readies a shiv to use on Rorschach in the cafeteria line, but Rorschach blocks that with his tray that he then uses to hit that other prisoner. He then grabs a container of hot oil that he throws into that prisoner's face, burning that and his hands.
  • Daniel has a nightmare where he and Laurie are standing facing each other, fully nude. She then peels his skin away to reveal his head in his superhero outfit, and then both are dressed that way as a nuclear explosion goes off behind them. The blast hits them, disintegrating down to their skeletons.
  • We see a family trapped in a burning building. While Laurie goes inside the inferno, Daniel uses his ship's machine guns to shoot out the supports of a water tower atop the building. They then get everyone out, with Laurie turning and leaping out just as a massive, fiery blast shoots out toward her and the ship (but she's okay).
  • There's a prison riot where some men throw another off a balcony, while another man is set on fire. Another threatens to do harm to Rorschach who's behind bars, but when he reaches through those bars, Rorschach grabs his arms and breaks them or his wrists before tying them on the inside of the bars. With others wanting to get to Rorschach, one takes a rotary saw of some sort and cuts through both of that man's arms, with extremely bloody results (blood spraying everywhere, bloody stumps, etc.). After cutting through the bars, one rushes at Rorschach who grabs the man and bashes his head down hard enough to break the toilet. As the water spreads, Rorschach steps up out of the way, with the man on the ground being electrocuted.
  • Laurie and Daniel arrive at the prison riot and take on the prisoners, hitting, kicking and flipping them around with various brutal blows. When they're done, an armed guard points his handgun at Laurie, who punches him. Rorschach then follows one prisoner into the men's room, and while we don't see the violence, we see blood run out from under the door.
  • Rorschach grabs a man's hand, squeezing it and smashing the glass he's holding inside it. He then keeps applying pressure and causes that man more and more pain.
  • Adrian and others hold and then toast with champagne, and apparently that was poisoned for the others as they're all then seen dead. Adrian then uses a device to disintegrate their bodies.
  • Rorschach dives at Adrian who moves out of the way, sending Rorschach into a wall of video monitors. Daniel then fires a laser or something similar at Adrian who deflects it with a large chair that he throws at Daniel, hitting him. He then fights both, easily defeating them. After a few moments of talking, they try again, with him again defeating them, with hard blows, including Rorschach smashing into a wall.
  • A massive pulse blast tears through a major city, destroying buildings and presumably killing thousands or more (only a few are seen being obliterated). It's suggested other major cities have suffered the same fate.
  • Adrian uses some sort of device to disintegrate his large pet tiger (or something similar) as well as Dr. Manhattan, with first flesh off and then down to their skeletons until they're gone.
  • Laurie shoots Adrian and appears to have killed him, but he then kicks her back, revealing he caught the bullet in his gloved hand.
  • In giant form, Dr. Manhattan crashes his huge hand down through an atrium at Adrian who ducks out of the way.
  • Dr. Manhattan disintegrates a person upon their request, with bloody results left in the snow.
  • Daniel smashes Adrian back against a wall of monitors and repeatedly punches him, but Adrian doesn't fight back (and has some blood on his face as a result).



  • Reviewed March 2, 2009 / Posted March 6, 2009

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