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7th-Mar-2009 02:36 pm
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I wanted to give a heads-up to anyone considering going to see "Watchmen." It's a pretty graphic film with some harsh triggers:

- The rape scene is pretty violent where the girl is beaten up pretty badly. I don't think the actual "sex" took place (I was having a really hard time through this), but it's pretty graphic and the intent was made VERY clear.

- (SPOILER) One character discovers she was the child produced from aforementioned rape. She's also approached by her "father" in a somewhat implied romantic manner. Nothing actually happened, but later on when you realize who he was to her... ugh.

- There's a LOT of nudity, including an unnecessary amount of full-frontal male nudity. I'm not exactly prude, but sitting there with friends watching this made me really uncomfortable.

- The sex is the movie is nothing short of soft-core porn. It was like that stuff on Cinemax or Showtime at 2 a.m. on Monday mornings. Lots of nudity, and this one part... it's hard to describe, like it was multiple-partner, but not... Anyway, still graphic.

- The violence is really, really graphic. Like, zooming in on exploded corpses gory. Lots of blood, guts, and bones all throughout it. There's also a murder of a pregnant woman, too, which was really disturbing for me.

- There's also two brief scenes in the blue guy's origin back story where it shows him as a blue skeleton, once with "nervous system" and once with more "organic-like" stuff... internal organ and such. I'm not sure if that would be triggering, but I'm throwing it out there, just in case.

I really, really don't recommend this movie. I went in thinking it was just another superhero movie (I hadn't read the graphic novel like the people with me had), but it was way more than I bargained for. I was a mess by the time we left the theater, mostly in an angry-hostile way, but a mess nonetheless.

So yeah... don't let anyone talk you into go seeing it if this kind of thing triggers you.
7th-Mar-2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
I appreciate this post muchly.
7th-Mar-2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
No problem. I've really appreciated it when others have posted movie warnings in the past. I thought I'd return the favor.
7th-Mar-2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
Ugh, that would really bother me too. The sight of bones (other than bare skeltons) is a big trigger for me. Plus the implied incest would bother me a lot too.
7th-Mar-2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Would a moving skeleton be a trigger as well? There were two brief scenes of that, but it was very CGI and nowhere near as gory or realistic as the other stuff I mentioned.
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7th-Mar-2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
No problem! I wish I'd known beforehand. Seriously, why don't they list this kind of stuff for movies before you go see them rather than having to wait for other people to tell you?

I was reading Yahoo movies user reviews of it and wow... it was amazing how this stuff just wasn't a big deal to people. O_o They were all like, "Yes, it has this, this, and this... but it's such a good movie!!!"

7th-Mar-2009 08:23 pm (UTC) - Absolutely seconded
It is an incredibly, incredibly intense movie. It goes out of its way to make the viewer uncomfortable in a whole bunch of ways. The rape scene is superheros and she fights back and it's like, "you may be a superhero, but you're still an available target". And then you find out that she went back and slept with him anyway, even after that. In the book it's made sort of clear that this is a broader statement about false female "empowerment", but in the movie it's just about her.

And the violence... like bones breaking, realistic slow-motion bullet holes, a bunch of stuff I couldn't watch or could barely watch.

Even the people I went with who didn't have post-traumatic anything came out wound up and uncomfortable. Which is sort of the point, of both the book and the movie, but the movie does it in way more graphic way.
7th-Mar-2009 08:29 pm (UTC) - Re: Absolutely seconded
I didn't realize she'd gone back to him, but I did spend most of the move completely confused as to what was going on and the rest of it just wanting to hurry up and leave.

The people I went with were rather uncomfortable, too. It may have been because I was the only female in the group and was obviously disturbed by it, but I think the whole rape thing really bothered them most of all.

I don't think I want to read the graphic novel anymore.
7th-Mar-2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
I would strongly recommend that people considering seeing the film read the comic collection first. I'm not triggered by screen violence, but I do think the story deals with some fairly intense and unpleasant subject matter, so viewers should probably know what they're getting into, because I imagine a lot of people would find it difficult to handle.
7th-Mar-2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
I think if I'd read the comic first, I would have been a bit more prepared for what was going on on-screen. Going in without any idea what was going to happen was a really bad idea on my part.
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7th-Mar-2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Great minds think alike, I suppose. ;-) lol I would have been a wreck, too, if I hadn't been with my bf as well. We also went out after the movie to get food and hung out being goofy in Wal-Mart afterward (because we're still 16 at heart, lol), so that really helped bring me back together.
7th-Mar-2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
i'm so, so glad you posted this.
7th-Mar-2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
No problem. :-)
7th-Mar-2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
i've been reading review after review wondering how they handle the rape scene and none of my friends have mentioned it. None.

Thank you.
8th-Mar-2009 04:02 am (UTC)
You're welcome. :-)
8th-Mar-2009 02:19 am (UTC)
i actually didn't find the rape scene as bad as i had been preparing myself for, since two other characters step in and stop the actual rape from happening. but yes, it was definitely a graphic movie. i read the novel beforehand and was with my most trusted friend so it wasn't very triggering for me as it might have been under other circumstances.

what bothered me more was reading a note on facebook one of my classmates had written about "spiritual truths" in the movie (which i disagreed with to begin with) and how the scene on mars where dr manhattan was telling laurie she was a miracle even through the way she was conceived was "clearly pro-life" and this is why abortion should never happen... UGH, that made me a little sick inside.
8th-Mar-2009 04:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, I completely spaced out during that whole scene with Dr. Manhattan. Making a rape victim feel guilty (whether directly or indirectly) for choosing an abortion is probably one of the lowest things you could do to them. I've never been there, but I can already imagine the decision was painful enough without adding the guilt trip on top of it.

I was really glad that the rape scene was interrupted and stopped by the other two characters. I was getting up to leave just as they came in. Next time, I'm going to read the comic before I agree to go to another film like that. A little preparation would have helped.
8th-Mar-2009 03:38 am (UTC)
We had previously posted a trigger warning here, but thanks for doing so again while it's more present in people's minds.

For what it's worth, I just got back from it and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I didn't find it at all triggering. YMMV.
8th-Mar-2009 04:09 am (UTC)
Oh okay, I didn't see it. I wasn't sure how long the movie had been out.

I'm glad you were able to enjoy the movie, though. :-)
8th-Mar-2009 04:43 am (UTC)
I'm not a fan of the series and have no plans to see the movie but I wanted to say a huge "thank you" for taking the time to post the warning(fyi).

I wish there was an online source for people that are abuse suvivors/PTSD that we who live with these conditions could post warnings about movies,books,tv shows. I don't rely on even my trusted friends to screen something for me because what "gets"(ie triggers) me won't affect them.
8th-Mar-2009 04:49 am (UTC)
No problem. :-) I usually come here and check to see if anyone's posted anything about a movie. Sometimes I ask people who've seen it about general things like rape, but that's not always reliable, especially for this movie where some people would say, "But she wasn't really raped."
8th-Mar-2009 11:59 am (UTC)
Wow! Thanks. I was mulling over the idea of seeing this movie due to the huge publicity behind it. But now, knowing this, I shall steer well clear of the movie, as I find such scenes extremlly triggery. Thanks for the heads up!
9th-Mar-2009 06:26 am (UTC)
Ew...I almost saw that last night and opted for "Slumdog Millionaire" instead...thanks for the head's up, I won't be seeing it.
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