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 1812 Overture plays loudly on the loudspeakers placed throughout the streets of London. Evey (Natalie Portman) is a naïf that V (Hugo Weaving) rescues from the guards when they are about to arrest her for violating curfew. Stephen Rea is the police inspector charged with tracking V, and as he trudges through his investigation, his faith in the government and his superiors is destroyed.
V and Evey are drawn to each other while Evie is at the same time repelled by him. After he commits a murderous raid on the TV station where Evey works, she saves him from being arrested. He takes her to his hidden bunker and refuses to let her leave. He continues his murderous spree and Evey, in the course of helping him with one of the murders, escapes from him. However, she is soon taken prisoner by the police and tortured while undergoing interrogation about V's whereabouts.
The end of the movie is truly stirring and brings to mind the revolutionary march scene from Les Miserables. The earlier scenes between Evey and V are very reminiscent of The Phantom of the Opera, although Evey never does see underneath V's mask. She doesn't need to because by the end of the movie she, and we, learn exactly who V is in a scene that is surely one of the great scenes of movie history.
This is not a movie for young children due to scenes of graphic, realistic violence. However, people who are resistant to viewing the movie because it is produced by the same people who produced the Matrix or because they don't like Science Fiction movies or Super Hero movies can put those reservations aside. The movie is in no way a Science Fiction movie or even an action thriller, although there are action scenes in it. To go back to the beginning of this review, the movie is a parable, and one that can be enjoyed even by people who don't like "genre" movies.
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 … more
November 5th is Guy Fawkes night, where the British light bonfires in memory of Guy Fawkes, who attempted assassination of King and Parliament with a plan to blow up Westminster Palace. 'V For Vendetta' plays off the Fawkes legend, bringing it into the future with a sane and cultivated hero who hides behind a mask. 'V' (Hugo Weaving), as he identifies himself, has been a victim of the oppressive political overthrowing of a free government, and decides that revolution and … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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...