V For Vendetta

V For Vendetta

(2006)

People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

Graphic novel adaptation, written by the Wachowski's (The Matrix) starring a bald Natalie Portman and masked Hugo Weaving. Set in the future, in a cruel and corrupt, totalitarian Britain, where its citizens are whipped by a bullying nanny state. The nation gets an uppercut when a masked vigilante known as 'V' (Weaving), in a Guy Fawkes-like act, blows up the Old Bailey. Charismatic and skilled in combat and deception, V incites a revolution - urging the people to rise up against their oppressors.

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Brilliant! Whether Alan Moore wants to admit it or not, a film maker has finally captured the true ideals of his story. I could on forever about the obvious passion poured into this film, but I'll just say this. Please please and see it, you won't regret it!


A spellbinding adventure. Expertly executed action, with a thoughtful message. I agree with Nick, it's the most satisfying Moore adaptation.


Although it had a smidgen of 'Hollywood'/box office about it, I found this film deeply affecting. Several things stand out quite a subtle film in many ways - I'll mention 3 things - 1. Evey's incarceration struggle to find 'truth', 2. the various scenes where 'ordinary' people show that we're not just mass conformists - and we can see through rhetoric, spin etc all the scenes showing their disdain for power mongers - e.g. the frequent 'bollocks' dialogues/scenes and the TV sequence satirising... More the high chancellor - very anarchistic. Loved this film.Hide


I agree this is very good - most of the time entertaining and somewhat thought provoking. But somehow it all felt a bit serious for my taste.


First off I will confess that I have not read the graphic novel this is based on - so I can't give anyone the skinny on how it compares. My only real association was that this was the movie Natalie Portman shaved her head for! Strictly on its own merits, I enjoyed this film. It brought together a lot of interesting disparate elements - The Matrix, Batman, 1984, The rise of Adolf Hitler - and accomplished disparate actors - Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea - to form a seamless... More narrative. It took me a while to get over the rgeous Natalie Portman speaking with an English (or close enough) accent, and the fact that the only time you see Hugo Weaving without his mask - he doesn't actually have a face. Incidentally Hugo is excellent as always despite the obvious limitations imposed by said mask. His voice is a joy to listen to, as was demonstrated by his eloquent delivery of a (somewhat painful) early speech of extended 'V' related alliteration. Lots of provocative musings about responsibility (personal, group, media, state, etc.), coincidence versus karma, and the danger of letting fear overcome freedom. Watch it if you feel like an ideas movie with a lot of stunning visuals and exciting action.Hide


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The Press Reviews

  • This is the best Moore-to-big-screen translation yet... Full Review

  • Now a big-budget movie has come along to perform a wholesale act of image rehabilitation, transforming Fawkes from terrorist into one of those folk heroes whose retribution-dispensing agenda dovetails nicely with the greater od of an entire nation. He's like Robin Hood, the Scarlet Pimpernel and Jean Valjean all rolled into one... Full Review

  • A compelling, rousing and at times strangely moving entertainment. Full Review

  • Mad as hell and out to rile up a politically lethargic youth audience, V for Vendetta sometimes trips on its ambitions. But who gives a damn? At least this grabber of a movie actually has ambitions. Full Review

  • Flawed, for sure, but the best Moore adap so far. The Wachowskis again craft a sinister, spine-tingling and relevant vision of the future. Full Review