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He Watches the Watchmen

25 Feb 2009, 14:45 UTC
He Watches the Watchmen
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Science fiction/superhero fans are on tenterhooks waiting for the imminent release (in a couple of weeks) of the long-awaited film adaptation of the Watchmen graphic novel. I've been reading it the last few days, and man, is it an impressive...Science fiction/superhero fans are on tenterhooks waiting for the imminent release (in a couple of weeks) of the long-awaited film adaptation of the Watchmen graphic novel. I've been reading it the last few days, and man, is it an impressive piece of fiction. Dark, disturbing, unrelenting in its depiction of a doomed society, yet with glimmers of hope here and there to ward off any bitter aftertaste.I won't bore you by rehashing the premise; you can learn all you need to know right here. Suffice to say, it deals with a group of retired (and deeply flawed) superheroes who regroup when their former members start getting picked off one by one, to try and save the world from nuclear Armageddon -- or to save humanity from itself.The tagline for the movie is catchy: "They watch over us. But who watches them?" When it comes to the science behind the superheroes, the answer is Jim Kakalios, a physics professor at the University ...

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