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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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Vice vs. Virtue

  • Aug 11, 2006
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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 it was out on DVD, I made a point to stop off and snatch it up, forgetting any reviews I’d previously read.

Well my vivacious, and perhaps voracious, viewers, a very venerable welcome to the vision of one venturesome vigilante verily named V (whose vernacular is vastly more varied than my own). For those of you wondering about his flowery language use, as others have fussed about, don’t worry. He’s not Shakespearian throughout the whole movie, and in fact, I can only recall two times (one semi-long, the other a few parting sentences) where he spoke with broad eloquence. But in the semi-long one, notice how almost all his words began with the letter V…

V trounces around in a Guy Fawkes mask (you know, the guy who tried to blow up Parliament so many years ago?), dressed head to toe in black, making plans on how to overthrow the iron-fisted government that now exists in London. He stumbles upon Evey, who is cornered by three very unaccommodating men. After taking them out, he invites her to a concert he is conducting, leading her in turn to a rooftop where she gets the full view of an exploding building as the "1812 Overture" plays over the citywide speaker system. V is having a grand time. Evey is weirded out.

But this won’t be the first time they cross paths. V’s endeavors to unite the people of the country, while killing off those who did horrible things to him in the past and slipping past the police at every turn, open up a whole world Evey never knew existed (or at least tried to forget about) and must learn to get past her fears in order to truly live. Will the fifth of November always be remembered and because of V’s plot, the deeds and the day never be forgot?

I enjoyed this movie thoroughly, and if for nothing else, than for V himself. Hugo Weaving (Agent Smith from The Matrix anyone?) does a wonderful job, slipping out all those lines with perfect poise and all his little hand motions. I don’t think they could have done a better job casting the part. If you liked Weaving before, you’ll love him here – that is, if you remember it’s him under that mask. I kept thinking in terms of V until a thought popped in of, “I so love Hugo Weaving right now,” and then left just as quickly. And I loved the outfit, even if the hair did seem silly at times, mostly because nobody wears it like that anymore, but the almost clown-like mask is very effective; the smile may be there, but depending upon what V is doing, it can become very sinister looking very fast. (i.e. I’m smiling because I’m about to kill you)

Then we have Evey, played by Natalie Portman. I had to look up to see just where she was born, because at the beginning of the movie (and a few random parts throughout) her English accent seemed off. Well done, but at times it had a tweak of something southern in it and that threw me off a little. Still, she makes up for it in actually shaving her head for the part (when it arrives – ballsy girl, but it does give her the excuse to be different on the red carpet) and her acting is on par all the time, so I’ve no real complaints. The remainder of the cast, as far as I know, is all English – huzzah! I can only take fake accents so much, no matter how good they are. I like authenticity.

A star got knocked down because of the story. No, no, it’s a good story – it just seemed a little convoluted at times. Even now I’m still not entirely sure about all the details, such as what exactly they were doing to the people in the compound V was originally in, as well as a few other things. The original comic if rather large, so I hear, so it seems as though they had a lot to put into however much time they decided on, and still get everything across. If you’re watching this and someone starts gabbing to you and you miss about 5 minutes, then you’ve probably missed something you’d want to know. Yes, chock full.

It may be just me, but the sound seemed quiet too. It was hard to hear people talking; V I can understand the muffled voice with the mask, it only makes sense, but others just seemed to speak quietly. I kept having to crank the sound up so I wouldn’t miss something important (see above paragraph). Had this problem on my computer and the TV, and it was annoying both times.

All in all, a good movie, and even if the whole idea doesn’t interest you, you have to see it anyway, just to get a look at (and listen to) V himself. And then there’s that bit with V in that flowery apron making breakfast…


P.S. No, I do not believe this glorifies a terrorist, as some claim this movie does and is about. Trust me, if the U.S. were like this, you’d be out in the V costume too (see end of movie)

P.P.S. It had to be weird for Hugo Weaving to have so many V’s around him – first copies in The Matrix Revolutions and now this…


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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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