|V for Vendetta
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- Free your minds
This movie speaks to those who are tired of having pop "culture" force on them as news. The purpose of democracy is to protect freedom, not restrict it, and this movie shows how a culture can decay when freedom is traded for safety....more info
- 3 stars out of 4
The Bottom Line:
Even after multiple viewings I cannot deny that V for Vendetta has serious flaws--the scenes with Natalie Portman and V don't really click--but the film has scenes of such power and skill that it lingers in the memory far more than more accomplished but less ambitious movies....more info
- Absolutely Wonderful
I saw the movie atleast 5 times. It is a must see. I enjoyed watching the movie each and every time. I always learned something more whever I watched the movie...more info
- The Revolution
This is an awesome movie, based on a true story, only the original outcome for Guy Faux wasn't quite so spectacular, It COULD have been, but they found the expolosives back then. Keep in mind whats happening worldwide, and remember,,,,,,,,,...more info
- A GREAT ADAPTATION OF MOORE'S CLASSIC ANTIHERO
Hugo Weaving is absolutely brilliant in this extremely compelling twist on Alan Moore's terrorist-hero ( despite the fact that Moore did not like the film version ), and I personally loved the not-so-veiled correlations between the evil Chancellor Sutler's ( played with meglomaniacal glee by John Hurt ) administration, and that of a certain former president. I can understand how the 'religious' right might be a tad offended by this film, but I was fascinated by James McTiegue's, and the Wachowski Brother's provocative political criticism, and the relevance their movie achieve's because of it.
Natalie Portman demonstrated some real acting talent as Evey, and Stephen Rea was wonderful ( as usual ). This is a movie that will definitely be hated by some, adored by others ( myself included ), and misunderstood by more.
There is plenty of satire, derring-do, mystery, pathos, and mayhem in V FOR VENDETTA, and not just a little social commentary. ...more info
- Thanks for the recommendation
Never would I have thought to watch this movie on my own. Comic books/graphic novels have never interested me. Fortunately, a friend recommended it to me, so I broke out of my usual selections and gave it a shot. This is both an entertaining and thought provoking film, one which shines a revealing light on our own recent and current political climate.
If more people would, as I did, take a chance and view this film, they might find themselves having a better appreciation for freedom and see the dangers we succumb to when we willingly sacrifice our liberty for security. This film offers a vision of what occurs when a paternalist government seises ever more power "for your protection." We should look at our own politicians skeptically, whether they promise to protect us from the danger of "terrorists" or "greedy capitalists." Yes, this review is political, as so in the movie. ...more info
- Read the graphic novel, skip this rubbish
Want to know what Alan Moore, writer and creator of the V for Vendetta thinks of this movie? He thinks its crap. Want to know what Alan Moore, writer and creator of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen thinks of that film adaptation? Also rubish. Constantine? More rubish. Want to know why Alan Moore has sworn off Hollywood? Because they have taken his masterpieces of writing in the graphic medium and have turned it into basura. Its with extreme trepidation that I await the much anticipated Watchmen. Despite the fact that Moore has told Terry Gilliam, who initially was tapped to direct it, that its unfilmable. We'll see.
What I do know is that movie is does not deserve to have Moore's talent attached to it. If you watch this movie and you wonder, "why is Moore's original graphic novel so widely praised?" then you wont see it in this travesty of his work. Do yourself a big favor, go find the original graphic novel, read it, compare it, then see for yourself.
The only possibly redeeming outcome of this poor adaptation is that anyone with any half a brain will want to go to the source and read the graphic novel directly. 'Nuff said. ...more info
- (Two-Disc Special Edition) by Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving
Different than the original graphic novel from the 80's, BUT still sends an important message. Hugo Weaving is great as "V". A very "Hollywood" film, but entertaining none-the-less....more info
- One of the most important movies ever!!!
Why did I love V so much?
In the world we live in today V is pretty much mandatory viewing.
Now, before I launch into how great V is let me give credit to V's source material.
Like some of you I had never even heard of 1984 until my Amazon bud pointed it out to me.
Thank you Mr. Sullivan.
I was genuinely surprised by just how much V borrowed from this classis novel.
I'm not telling, go read it.
Is V the superior of the two? I would have to say yes.
I didn't care very much for the third act of 1984 and that's where the two differ.
1984's ending just sort of..........happens.
V's ending...........total redemption, total revenge, total justice.
I'm sure you're asking why is V so important in today's world.
Let's see...........does The Patriot Act, the illegal phone tapping or the phony war in Iraq ring a bell.
The majority of American's have been duped into thinking that loyalty to country is the same as loyalty to government.
We as a people have a right and a duty to question our leaders and EVERY SINGLE action they take in our name.
To those fools that say, we have to give up our rights to be safe from the terrorists.
Those who are willing to give up their rights to feel safe never deserved them in the first place.
Who said that?
Google it and learn.
Stop being brainwashed by the government and the media. As an American citizen your loyalty belongs to the Constitution not to America's leaders who have done nothing but trample the Constitution for the last fifty years if not longer.
Oh, and if I hear, "But in a democracy" one more time I'm going to scream!!!!!!
Is this the state our public school system is in where they are teaching our children this garbage.
Greece was a democracy.
America is NOT a democracy, never was, never should be.
We ARE a Constitutional Republic. Period.
I have heard countless politicians including our OWN PRESIDENT refer to America as a democracy.
What an embarrassment.
What's the difference you ask?
In a democracy the majority rules.
In a Constitutional Republic, the Constitution exists to protect the minority from the majority.
What a travesty that so few American's know this or even care.
THIS is the essence of V.
One man stood up.
One man had the courage to tackle the system.
One man had the brilliance to expose and systematically destroy everything that was wrong with a future England that has turned into a totalitarian regime.
What does that have anything to do with America you ask?
The Patriot Act, the phone tapping, the war in Iraq and probably the soon to be war in Iran.
We are very quickly sliding down a slope we won't be climb back up unless we start reigning in our leaders and forcing them to be accountable for their mistakes.
Will that happen?
The majority of American's seem to be content to sit on the sidelines waving their little flags and chanting God Bless The Government. Sorry, God Bless America.
What will it take? Tanks rolling down YOUR Street before you believe?
I've heard too many people say, "That would never happen here".
Ask anyone from Bosnia, Darfur, or any of the former Soviet Republic's. They once would have told you the same, but then what could never happen........DID.
V is so much more than just a movie about some guy running around in a mask seeking revenge/justice.
V is a warning for every single man and woman in America to wake up.
If you value your freedom, your liberties and your lives then heed the warning of V.
"People should not be afraid of their government, government should be afraid of their people".
Brilliant acting, brilliant directing, pretty much everything about V is brilliant.
But as brilliant as all these things are, they take a back seat to V's overall message.
Freedom cannot be given away to feel "safe" from external invaders.
Freedom is an honor to be cherished and to be fought for, not to be traded away by our leaders whose only concern is making as much money off the taxpayers as possible.
Let me wrap this up,
Brilliant, disturbing, an absolute must see for every American that loves America.
- Blueray is the Bomb
Great movie that was spectacular re-watching on a bluray player in HD 1080P. Highly recommend this seller they were fantastic. Product reached me quickly...more info
- It's Bad
An all-around dreadful film. Terrible dialogue, subpar acting, wrapped in a story filled with absurd, juvenile politics with obvious and obligatory nods to the present-day "War on Terror" for easily amused critics to fawn over. Provoked no emotional or visceral reaction from me, other than laughter at its banality, and when it ended, astonishment at how such garbage could be so widely praised. If you're out of high school, and like good films, pass on this. ...more info
- Unpleasant, but not in a good way
I enjoy the sub-genre of apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, or dystoptian future fiction, so seeing this film was a no-brainer for me V for Vendetta [HD DVD].
Unfortunately, the things I found distasteful about this movie outweighed any of the positive aspects that other viewers have mentioned (e.g. cautionary tale, visuals, etc.).
The comparisons to Orwell's 1984 are appropriate, but Orwell's motives were far more interesting: a committed socialist who warns of a state in which even his own ideals are misused to abuse the population. The same book coming from a committed fascist would not have seemed so sincere.
Portman's Evey is tortured by someone who believes he is teaching her a lesson and seeks her submission and service. Imagine being abducted and tortured by someone who later revealed that it was for your own good and it was only a ruse to convince you of their rightness. Literature that deals with this behavior is usually concerned with sociopaths and killers. Psychologists tell us that some victims of abduction and abuse can indeed demonstrate a loyalty to their abuser.
I doubt that extolling a torturer was the intention of the film-makers, so for me their otherwise good intentions were seriously marred by what is on screen.
The cardboard cutout stereotype of the perverted religious figure was hackneyed a long time ago. I guess the best I can say of that image is that I am thankful that we still live in a tolerant society where such stereotyping is permitted, even if it is obvious and sophomoric.
On a lesser point, I felt that Portman's performance was bland and unconvincing, and I think it wasn't necessary in such an international near-future to have her try to approximate an English accent. I found the accent distracting.
This one is worth a rental, or loan from the public library.
- Better than I had expected....
For a while I fell into the trap of listening to the reviewers and if enough of them said a movie was bad, then I would not spend my money at the theatre. Well, I've stopped doing that and this movie is one of the reasons why.
I loved the story and the way it was crafted....more info
- Long Live V
A very underrated film that with all thats going on the world makes for interesting viewing, the comic was written during Mrs Thatcher period in office and years later makes you think. In the UK you didnt really notice the film and Im one of the many people that found it on DVD and just loved the film.. The Blu Ray version has all the extras from the DVD but with the crisp quality and great sound. This will work on a UK Region B player and
well worth the money....more info
- God is in the rain...
While there's plenty of action in this movie, there's also a lot of deeper meaning. Questions that I think are very relevant, especially now.
For instance the idea that one man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter. For me it gives some insight into the current situation in the middle east. The 'terrorists' don't think of themselves that way, they actually do think of themselves as fighting for the freedom of their people [at least most of the rank and file]. Trying to shuck the yoke of oppression that's kept them in poverty for so long.
[though I suspect that the people really oppressing them are their leaders; using various other targets as a scapegoat to divert suspicion from themselves the true oppressors]
But the scene that most resonates with me is after Evie [SPOILER ALERT!] has her revelation. After V tortures her, making her believe that Creedy's fingermen had her. When she finally has her epiphany; arms out stretched, looking up into the glory of the thunderstorm. "God is in the Rain" [SPOILER OVER]
The archetype of redemption struck right through me. The world changes as revelation pours over you. That moment comes I hope to all of us at one time or another, and the scene evokes it with shocking clarity.
I strongly recommend this film.
- The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain
V for Vendetta'' would be worth seeing just as an anomaly, a big-budget Hollywood release that could be interpreted as sticking it to the American and British governments by showing the catastrophic fates these countries meet in the not-too-distant future, precipitated by disastrous policymaking. But "Vendetta'' is also richly satisfying entertainment the way movies are at their best, when they prod you to think.
Making his first feature, James McTeigue, the Wachowski brothers' longtime assistant director, finds a tone and pacing that are appropriate to bring a portentous comic book to the screen. He takes it seriously without pretending that it's Shakespeare. British graphic novelist Alan Moore wrote it in the 1980s as a harsh criticism of the political right. That the story has such resonance today indicates that Moore (who has disowned the movie) was on to something.
The opening scene offers a quick lesson in English history. London in the 17th century is re-created to show infamous saboteur Guy Fawkes foiled in his attempt to blow up Parliament, an act for which he is hanged in front of a mob of thousands. They're almost certainly computer generated, but the special effects aren't obvious. The film is almost old-fashioned in relying on solid storytelling instead of trickery to engage the audience.
Flash forward, way forward, to London in 2020 or so. A totalitarian regime has taken control, terrorizing citizens and routinely lying to them via a government-controlled TV station. It's unclear whether the news readers are telling the truth when they dryly report that the former United States is in a state of chaos brought on by a civil war.
The British people's self-appointed savior (Hugo Weaving) goes only by the letter V. But we know what that stands for. Sure enough, he's hell-bent on bringing down the government by carrying out Fawkes' failed mission. Keep the mental image of Weaving as the "The Matrix's" ubiquitous Mr. Smith, because he's little more than a disembodied voice, albeit one with majestic resonance perfect for intoning the long-forgotten principles of democracy. V is never seen without an eerie Fawkes mask covering his entire face -- the heavy lines of the eyebrows and mustache form semicircles around squinty eyes, with the mouth glued shut. To hear his words coming from some other place takes some getting used to.
Natalie Portman gives her strongest performance yet as Evey, an orphan who slowly comes to understand the truth behind the deaths of her family. Even after Evey's hair is shaved off by torturers, Portman keeps you focused on her words and actions instead of her bald head.
- Great movie, garbage propoganda
Wonderful entertaining movie. Simple political analogies weigh the movie down. I believe in tolerance not forced recognition. Problem is the downtrodden thrive to turn the tables rather then line then up evenly. Fire for fire. Violence for violence. Revenge is the function of vendetta. Ultimately this movie fails in its noble cause but works as a source of entertainment. ...more info
- Chapter 11: Valhalla
"V for Vendetta" is more than just a masked terrorist running amuck in a futuristic Britain; it is more than just the quick wits of an anti-hero challenging the government; and it is far more than just the follow-up film from the Wachowski brothers. This is a philosophical cinematic entry disguised as a blockbuster. While most will argue that it is a poor excuse for the graphic novel (and slightly I agree) because it doesn't follow the story frame by frame, the themes are still pulled through. Looking back into the graphic novel, the changes made from page to screen were dramatic, yet bold. The "happy" ending in the film gives way to the more dismal, slightly uplifting ending in the graphic novel. The main difference between the two is the lack of grittiness, one could call it realism, found within the story and missing in the film. "V for Vendetta" the film is beautiful, watched in full HD, the sound, visuals, and colors are exactly the opposite from the graphic novel, and while comparing the two is not the extent of this review, it is an element that needs to be considered. Alan Moore took his name off this film, reading the graphic novel will explain why.
With that said, what worked and was miscalculated in the film? To begin, the Wachowskis coupled with the direction of director James McTeigue captured the visual of "V" perfectly. The mask was chilling, and the darkened question of his origins remained open-ended. Their depiction of this masked vigilante was brilliant. The way the shadows fell, the camera angles on his face instilled both fear and excitement for this character. "V", with this film, became iconic. Alas, the visual alone couldn't counter what preceded "V". The use of Hugo Weaving's voice was, like Natalie Portman's accent, weak. "V" was a bold character, but when he spoke, he seemed weaker and in less control. Weaving's voice-work didn't capture the intensity that surrounds this character - and then there was Portman. While she brought some innocence to the character of Eve (a name symbolic as well as poignant), the fading British accent continued the idea that she was merely Natalie Portman playing a character, not just Eve incarnate. Stephen Rae was superb in his role, as always, as the tamed cop hunting for a belief he struggles with, and John Hurt was completely over the top, applauding his role as evil as outstanding. These secondary characters, proving their might stronger than the primary ones, added much needed relief to this film, but it didn't make it perfect.
"V for Vendetta" is a great film to sit down and enjoy two hours of crisp visuals, amazing music (look for a beautiful cover by "Cat Power"), and intense ideals. It is a thinking film. It camouflages itself as a big-budget action/adventure film, but all the while it is asking to you see the modern news and question our governments. It will keep your mind occupied for hours. McTeigue did a great job of bringing modern relevance (still tragic today) into this film to create a timeless sensation, but it still doesn't counter the disappointing acting. As mentioned before, what makes "V for Vendetta" the graphic novel work is our characters, and as they lacked in the film - it moved it in a different direction. Without the graphic novel, this film still works as entertainment, and slight thought - but it isn't a complete masterpiece. I enjoyed this film when it was first released on the big screen, but watching it today - the small nuances with the characters just don't hold up well over time. Its message is in tact, but lacks the body.
Grade: *** out of *****
- V for Vacuous politics
Let me say two things about this before I get started. First, I have never read the comics, so nothing about them biased my view towards this film in any way. Second, while my rating may be low, I didn't totally see this movie as worthless, let me explain.
First the somewhat good...
This movie is as entertaining to me as simiar movies in the same genre. For example, Equilibrium, a very simillar film in almost every way possible, gave me about the same entertainment level as this film. The fight scenes were nothing great but they weren't a drudgery either. The acting was only standard in my opinion, they only exception being John Hurt's portrayl of Adam Sutler. Basically as far as most of the surface things go with this film, I have no real problem with it, but on the same token I don't really see it as great, just average.
The real problem I have with this movie and the simillar Equilibrium is the overall message. Characters like V and Cleric Preston, underline a general misconception and problem I have with contemporary political thought. They idea that in any governed body all it takes is some political messiah to come in and save everyone and inform them about what is wrong with said governing body, is both stupid and complacentcy causing. Not to mention the fact, that it blatantly insults the very people watching by assuming most of them would be herd like and complacent in such a dystopia in order for the need to be saved to come about. They answer isn't magically strong characters like V or any type of political leader at all, its regular people and personal responsibility. Whether the world be fact or fiction, waiting for a savior while you could be taking actions on your own is just stupid.
That is why I cant support this movie with anything other than one star because its message is both tired and more importantly wrong....more info
- Stylized, entertaining, but a bit heavy in parts..
I will admit that I enjoyed this movie. I have watched it multiple times and I notice a little more detail every time. I thought the acting was great for what it was, the cinematography was excellent (probably my favorite aspect of the movie), The direction was intriguing, and the story was overall decently solid and thought-provoking.
The only problem I had with the movie was its tendency to become a bit full of itself. By this I mean resorting to being a bit melodramatic at times and jauntily wacky at other times. The flow was a bit odd. The tendency for politicos to latch on to this film as if it were the all-encompassing life giving teet of the one true god has tarnished this movie for a lot of people in the same manner that goth out the bum tweens ruined The Crow. As long as you ignore the crazy fans, this movie fills the empty hole left by terrible romance comedies and "underground" films that should have stayed underground... preferably under three tons of cement, 20ft of sewer, and hundreds of feet of skyscraper.
It was fun, pretty, interesting, and worth my time....more info
- A truly magnificent movie
I saw this movie this week on DVD in two sessions on a friend's recommendation. I think it is an absolutely wonderful movie: ingenious, imaginative, always exciting, with a breathtaking performance from Natalie Portman, who takes her character through momentous emotional changes and is always riveting to watch. Hugo Weaving is magnificent as the silken-voiced V. John Hurt is marvellously menacing as the High Chancellor and I thought Stephen Fry's performance really moving and highly convincing. The plotting and dialogue are simply splendid. I also loved the early historical enactments to link the modern story with Guy Fawkes. I would have liked to have seen V's face at some point but this is only a minor quibble.
Well done, everyone who was involved with this movie!
Heartily recommended....more info
- good movie
I saw this a few years ago, and it is really thought provoking, which is rare in movies nowdays. It makes you wonder how easy it could be to create a dictatorship in which the few own the powerful, especially since nowdays the media will participate because they care more about ratings than reporting. my only complaint was the length, although that is due to my short attention span...more info