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- rogue1971Feb 01, 2016by
Hugo Weaving's rich voice gives the title character the depth and strength he needs to carry this engaging film through a somewhat complex tale of a dystopian England. Natalie Portman's tragically bad British accents is not even noticeable once "V" makes his appearance. He quickly sets the stage for a "terrorist" attack that will wake the passive population up and spur them to overthrow the totalitarian government that has taken over after a deadly virus outbreak. Be sure to watch the DVD extras and marvel at the way Alan Moore and David Lloyd's intriguing graphic novel is brought to life. A must for any serious film collection.
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- cannonclubonlin...Jul 18, 2009by
A must see for those who love complex futuristic films.
Making a splash on the scene in 2006, V for Vendetta may not cater to any one set of movie-goers, but seems to fit into a niche of its own. Just as George Orwell's novel "1984" attempted to paint a portrait of our own future, this film seems to have done so with believability and impact. The Wachowski Brothers wrote the screenplay and can greatly be recognized with the high brow sci-fi "Matrix Trilogy" which gave them the credibility to do just about anything they want in film.
The story-line, although complex at times, seems to always come together and present the future through the eyes of a madman and his semi-captor cohort named Evey (Natalie Portman), a working class young lady, that has as many high ideals, but tries to understand V's (Hugo Weaving) motives, who hides his identity behind the mask of a madman. Little do we know that V was seeking vengeance upon the leaders of the government now lead by the Grand Prime Minister of Britian played by John Hurt. The tension that develops as our bold and charismatic freedom fighter, V schemes and plots to get payback from the people that scarred him for life.
This film has many different fight scenes with confusing and unexpected cat and mouse play between V and the so-called establishment that wishes to snuff him out. The mailing of the masks to various places even makes it harder to stop him since everyone wants to mimic his progress. The exactness and timing of certain events in this film make it a real knuckle-biter.
Natalie Portman delivers an astounding range of emotional power in this film and helps the film along by revealing a side to Evey that we don't see at the beginning.
I give this a 5/5 for action, intrigue, cleverness, and forcing us to find no middle ground between the opposing views that this film screams for us to do.
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- co_kind86Feb 24, 2011by
People should not be afraid of their government.
I have been wanting a copy of my own for quite a while, and finally went and got it. Now I can stop renting it all the time... Anyways, this movie is fantastic, the story, the acting, the action, all of it. It goes through what will happen if we allow a dictator to dominant our society because we are afraid of losing their "protection" from war, disease, famine, and natural disaster. Next to Boondock Saints, this is my favorite movie. It brings back some history, and applies it to a possible, and probable outcome of our civilization in a mere 10-20 years from now. V for Vendetta is in one word the true definition of awesome.
- talwick*Mar 08, 2013by
Amazing film combining a complex and moving plot with brilliant action
V for Vendetta is one of favourite movies of all time. It combines a complex and moving plot with strong philosophical arguments with brilliant visuals and action sequences. This movie will redefine the way you view your government, and your fellow citizens. It definitely worth watching.
- 7938tangoDec 04, 2008by
A Cautionary tale
This is a great movie. Adapted from the graphic novels of the same name, it is a lesson in what can happen when people become too apathetic about who runs things and what their motivations are.
The original tale is much darker, more anarchic than the movie. The creator claims that the movie was changed to 'bash' the Bush administration, but that's really too simplistic a view. While connections can definitely be made, the message of the film is a broiader one about what can happen in a totalitarian regime of any kind, anywhere in the world. A more obvious and direct comparison would be to Nazi Germany.
And the violence of the graphic novels is a little much for a large portion of the movie going public so changes had to be made in order to even get the movie made.
Anyone who thinks that it would be 'heaven' to have a government run on a religious basis should see this movie.
Set in England under the reign of the High Chancellor, 'secret police' are everywhere, propaganda rules the airwaves, and the smallest infraction of rules brings harsh penalties. Government, colluding with big business, keeps the public in the dark about the truth of things and afraid of expressing themselves. In short, everyone has to wear a 'mask' in order to avoid arrest. Not unlike the old Soviet Union.
Into this enters masked hero who calls himself V. He stands up to the bullyboys and offers the people a view of their previous freedom, and urges them to reclaim it.
With elaborate planning he sets in motion a series of events designed to bring and end to the totalitarian administration and let the people create a new land.
Caught in the middle of this is Natalie Portman's character Evy. An innocent caught out after 'curfew' she's saved from indecent assault by government agents by V, and ends up wound into his world.
Another person caught in the middle is Inspector Finch of the police force. He is perhaps the one person in the administration who is not comfortable with the way things are but plays along anyway to do his job. He's the only one who puts the pieces of the plan together and sees a train wreck coming yet is powerless to stop it.
John Hurt's bombastic Chancellor Sutler is a wonderfully manic control freak in the mold of any combination of historic dictators. He accepts no excuses and will do anything to keep an iron grip on the country and power. Watching him here it's hard to remember that Hurt also played Professor Broom of the Hellboy movies.
There is a slightly confusing bit in the middle, shown in flashbacks of a time before the Sutler regime, but if you look past that and view the movie at a whole it's not only entertaining but thought provoking.Read full review