V for Vendetta is a 2006 dystopian thriller film, based on the graphic novel of the legendary Alan Moore and David Lloyd. The film was directed by James McTeigue and produced by the infamous Joel Silver and the Wachowski Brothers (The Matrix), who are also responsible for the screenplay.
In a non-specific future, London has turned into a totalitarian dystopia. SEXY AS HELL, Natalie Portman (who shaves her head for this film, and still manages to be as hot as ever) stars as Evey, an average working citizen who is saved by V (Hugo Weaving), a freedom fighter fueled by revenge. V saves Evey from the secret police and realizes that she might make an amazing ally in his fight against this regime. Using terrorist tactics, the two are soon under investigation by a detective (Stephen Rea), who is assigned to take on the case to stop V from doing any more damage.
A very interesting fact about this film is that Alan Moore, who was disappointed by the film adaptations of some of his other works (From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), decided that he would not view the film upon its completion. He subsequently distanced himself from the project, going so far as to remove his name from the project entirely. Personally I think this is bullshit, but whatever because this film is FUCKING AWESOME.
Seen by many political groups as a model of government oppression; V For Vendetta has been effective propaganda in furthering their causes. The hacker sect “Anonymous” has taken to using the Guy Fawkes mask that V wears as their “mascot” when they appear in public. The mask and November 5th Guy Fawkes Day are being used in the Occupy Wall Street Protests, as well as the official symbol of International Bank Transfer Day.
As a comic book fan, this movie is one of the best I have ever seen in the genre. Its tone is very dark and mature, which puts it on a much more serious playing field than say something like Spider-Man. If you are a fan of the genre, or even movies that make political statements (this one has many, especially subtle ones reflecting the time it was made), then this is for you. Even though you may not agree with what the film is trying to portray about society and its messages, it’s still an entertaining piece of work.
I highly suggest you check this film out if you haven’t already since it has been around for quite some time. It will be a good comparison piece for you readers, as it has many differences from its graphic novel equivalent in which it’s based on, as this is a more modernized take. (Kim’s review of the graphic novel can be found here) If you enjoy this, then you should check out in both print/film Alan Moore’s critically acclaimed Watchmen, which many say is the greatest graphic novel of all time.
4 out of 5 StarsV For Vendetta (2006) Warner Brothers Pictures R, 132 Minutes