This movie is one of those movies where you have to pay attention to every single thing from the moment the movie starts. Sometimes I admit, it was a little difficult to keep up and make sure I understood what was going on during the duration of the film.
The movie starts off in the 50s as the team of superheroes are saving the world and enjoying their popularity but as the decades go on, things go very wrong. Society catches up with the heroes and one by one they are punished in their own way for some of their actions and lifestyles. The city falls apart and the team disbands and go their seperate ways, hated by society.
The film picks up after that chronicling the lives of the newer generation of the team as they try to figure out who has been killing the orignal members one by one. There are a lot of characters to pay attention to but most of the time it focuses on Rorschack and Nightowl.
I enjoyed the angle that the film took as that not all superheroes have great lives. They even treat each other like crap and in the case of Rorschack, kill. It is an adult superhero movie that involves a lot of killing, mature themes of world war and nuclear war between countries, love, decisions, and rape.
I unfortunately never read the comic book that it is based on so I admit that I was going on without the total knowledge to help me out but the movie worked without it. The end is has a few great suprises and leaves you wondering if there really was any other way out of the situations that they all came to.
A very well done movie and proof that superhero movies can be done very very well and they aren't all for kids.
Final grade = A
+Great characters and look to the film
+Adult and serious tones work well
+Keeps you engrossed the entire time
-A little hard to follow if you aren't fully paying attention