In Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's 1986 superhero comic Watchmen, Laurie—alias the Silk Specter—is a profane, impatient, smart, and funny woman with conflicted feelings toward her past and her own altruism. As played by Malin Ackerman in this screen adaptation, she's a body in a slick latex suit, with no discernible personality. Director Zack Snyder (300) races through the story, faithfully reproducing this bit of dialogue from Moore and that bit of imagery from Gibbons but never pausing to develop a vision of his own. The result is oddly hollow and disjointed; the actors moving stiffly from one overdetermined tableau to another. With Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, and Carla Gugino. R, 163 min.
Director: Zack Snyder
Writer: Alex Tse, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Producer: Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin and Deborah Snyder
Cast: Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Patrick Wilson
Watchmen: The IMAX Experience