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 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.
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