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V for Vendetta (2006 film)

The 2006 film based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd.

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Great 3/4 of a movie, with a flawed ending

  • Mar 6, 2007
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Missed this one in the theater and it finally came up in the Netflix queue. As seems to be the case with movies made from graphic novels these days, the filmmakers did a great job of capturing the visual style of the comic while not necessarily retaining the story or underlying meaning. This was even more egregious in this case, where V is portrayed as a heroic figure whose victimization justifies the means by which he extracts his revenge with the added bonus of freeing the enslaved citizens of a nation. Sorry, but I think I understand why Alan Moore chose to remove his credit from the movie: in the graphic novel, the ending is ambiguous and serves to underscore the question of whether the means ever justifies the ends. The most effective sequence is Evie's torture and subsequent "freedom," but the film breaks down in the last fifteen minutes where the directors fall back on hoary blockbuster tropes with slow-motion mega-violence and big blow-'em-ups. For a movie that wants you to take it seriously as part criticism of where the U.S. and the U.K. might be headed in the name of fighting terrorism, the ending betrays any thoughtfulness for spectacle. Disappointing, to say the least. It's not the fault of any of the actors, who were uniformly wonderful, including the understated Stephen Rea as the inspector. This flub has to be laid solely on the screenwriters and directors.

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review by . October 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
   1984 would not have worked set in the United States. We seem to know that, no matter what, we will stand up and face down a system like the one Mr. Orwell described. Similarly V for Vendetta had to be set in Britain in order to work.      And, oh yes Virginia, it does work.      The plot is orwellian. It is also a little bit Ray Bradbury and just a little dash of That’s Incredible for those sad few of us who can remember that show.   …
Quick Tip by . August 09, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
If I had not read the graphic novel first, I'd have been bewildered. It adapts a challenging story well, despite the limits of two hours. I found the ending a moving one, cynic though I am. Recommended that you finish the book first, and then enjoy the visuals, story, and action.
Quick Tip by . August 09, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
one of my favorite movies of all times! lots of action and a plot that is followable and enjoyable.
review by . July 23, 2009
A cinematic giant, V is a great example of a perfect film (other examples in my methodology include Out Of Africa, The English Patient and Goodfellas). Literally no actor could be replaced, no scene cut nor any direction changed - perfect in every respect.      The main character, "V", is a model for every citizen. Unchanged, unhinged, unwaveable - he stands for everything we believe in. His motivation gains more credence daily , and I frequently urge people to …
Quick Tip by . July 26, 2010
I love this movie. there's something about it that has me watching it over and over again.
review by . November 05, 2008
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review by . November 17, 2008
This coming November   You'll need to remember   The gun powder treason and plot   For Portman and Weaving   Will have you believing   That this movie won't be forgot     Their brilliant acting   Will have you reacting   Between consternation and shock   As the regime of Norsefire   Breathes bigoted fire   And monitors you round the clock     When V rescues …
review by . August 12, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
"V for Vendetta" is one of the most boring revolutionary epics I've ever watched. With a screenplay and production by the Wachowski Brothers, I'd at least expect plenty of explosions and some neat special effects because, let's be honest, folks, the only reason that the first "Matrix" flick did very well was because of the whole slo-mo bullet biz. After the initial shock, the sequels of that particular flick were nothing more than fluff. However, it seems that the Wachowski boys were hoping that …
review by . August 11, 2006
Pros: Hugo Weaving and everything V     Cons: Plot is pretty intricate; attention and possibly two viewings is needed     The Bottom Line: "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." Damn straight.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. I wanted to see this movie when it came out in theaters, really bad. But I never go around to it. So, the day after …
review by . August 09, 2006
Wow! This is a terrific movie, a parable of future history from a liberal viewpoint. Warning- some people may find the movie offensive to their religious and/or political beliefs.    However, the movie is the telling of how "absolute power corrupts absolutely." With an incredibly strong performance by Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving and Stephen Rea, the movie tells of a fascist society that is shaken when a character known only as V blows up the Old Bailey Courthouse while the …
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V FOR VENDETTA: From DC comics and the Wachowski Brothers (THE MATRIX) comes this tale of revolution in an England of the future, one gone fearful and fascist; anyone different, from homosexuals to free thinking artists, is "black bagged" and subjected to torture and inhumane medical experiments. Hugo Weaving stars as V, the mysterious knife-carrying masked avenger who has lightning reflexes, lots of explosives, and intentions to blow up Parliament. He's also on a vendetta against the evil powermongers who made him the lonely monster he is. Natalie Portman is the innocent waif who saves him and winds up hiding out in his nifty secret lair, which is filled with forbidden books, art, and a jukebox that plays Cat Power and Julie London's "Cry Me a River." Meanwhile, there's a hangdog police inspector (Stephen Rea) picking up their trail, and a plethora of evil British government types regularly bullied into action by the intensely odious "Grand Chancellor" (John Hurt). Director James McTiegue keeps all thes...
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