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Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain V For Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man (Hugo Weaving) known only as "V." Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception V ignites a revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about V's mysterious background she also discovers the truth about herself - and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plan to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption.Format: BLU-RAY DISC Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE/THRILLERS UPC: 085391117018 Manufacturer No: 111701
"Remember, remember the fifth of November," for on this day, in 2020, the minds of the masses shall be set free. So says code-name V (Hugo Weaving), a man on a mission to shake society out of its blank complacent stares in the film V for Vendetta. His tactics, however, are a bit revolutionary, to say the least. The world in which V lives is very similar to Orwell's totalitarian dystopia in 1984: after years of various wars, England is now under "big brother" Chancellor Adam Sutler (played by John Hurt, who played Winston Smith in the movie 1984), whose party uses force and fear to run the nation. After they gained power, minorities and political dissenters were rounded up and removed; artistic and unacceptable religious works were confiscated. Cameras and microphones are littered throughout the land, and the people are perpetually sedated through the governmentally controlled media. Taking inspiration from Guy Fawkes, the 17th century co-conspirator of a failed attempt to blow up Parliament on November 5, 1605, V dons a Fawkes mask and costume and sets off to wake the masses by destroying the symbols of their oppressors, literally and figuratively. At the beginning of his vendetta, V rescues Evey (Natalie Portman) from a group of police officers and has her live with him in his underworld lair. It is through their relationship where we learn how V became V, the extremities of the party's corruption, the problems of an oppressive government, V's revenge plot, and his philosophy on how to induce change.
Based on the popular graphic novel by Alan Moore, V for Vendetta's screenplay was written by the Wachowski brothers (of The Matrix fame) and directed by their prot¨¦g¨¦, James McTeigue. Controversy and criticism followed the film since its inception, from the hyper-stylized use of anarchistic terrorism to overthrow a corrupt government and the blatant jabs at the current U.S. political arena, to graphic novel fans complaining about the reconstruction of Alan Moore's original vision (Moore himself has dismissed the film). Many are valid critiques and opinions, but there's no hiding the message the film is trying to express: Radical and drastic events often need to occur in order to shake people out of their state of indifference in order to bring about real change. Unfortunately, the movie only offers a means with no ends, and those looking for answers may find the film stylish, but a bit empty. --Rob Bracco
The graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
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- Awesome movie!
This movie is great on its own but is perfect when paired with dystopian literature of any kind in a school setting. The only downfall is the R rating, which requires parent permission slips before a full showing of the film....more info
- Leftist Rant Disguised as Thought Provoking Entertainment
If it were merely a precautionary tale about a society lulled into totalitarian rule, I could recommend this movie as a well made, fun bit of eye candy. There are certainly a lot of elements here to like. Specifically, the story telling is extremely effective, and the visual effects are stunning. Despite all this, "V For Vendetta" is wrecked by it's absolutley relentless ranting against nationalism, conservatism, and to a lesser extent Christianity. In particular it is a soup-to-nuts diatribe against the United States war on terror, and is intended to inform us that supposed Islamic acts of terror were actually manufactured by conservatives in order to enslave the nation and exterminate homosexuals and artists.
I won't bother to enumerate the twisted parallels between the movie plot and the war on Islamic terrorism. I'm sure they have been identified and argued to death already. I would like to point out however, that as of the date I am writing this review, the world is now safe from George W. Bush, who has quietly ridden off into the sunset, just like all previous U.S. presidents.
A side note: The 1934 movie adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas novel "The Count of Monte Cristo" is referenced multiple times through out "V For Vendetta". The 2002 movie adaptation is excellent and highly recommended.
Let me leave you with a question to ponder. Do you think Hollywood will ever produce a movie about a left-of-center government that manufactures a global economic meltdown in order to usher in unprecedented socialist policies, and supress conservative political speach?
- 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
- 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
- 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
- (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
- A movie for the ages.
"People should not fear their governments, governments should fear thier people." This is one of the greatest movies ever, I might even build a shrine to it....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 *****
- 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
- 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.
- V for Vendetta (Blu-ray)
Movie - 4.5
V for Vendetta strikes me as a well-scripted Chex Mix that serves as a superhero, revolutionary, and revenge movie all at once. But what makes the gunpowder treason and plot so interesting is the character of V himself and the circumstances in which his "quest" ultimately reveals a number of poignant observations. Aside from the obvious parallel between he and The Count of Monte Cristo, I particularly find the whole "rebellion against authority" theme to be a refreshing testament to the way certain governments can sometimes be a bit too controlling or ironically na?ve for their own good, which in turn can cause said revolution. This is best portrayed through the character of Evey who, along with everyone else, had conformed and obeyed to the whims of a harsh and suffocating dictatorship for so long. And as history (or even science) has proven, for every action, there is indeed an equal and opposite reaction; authority <--> rebellion. But in one of the more unique twists, this revenge and rebellion is all catalyzed under the guise of a Guy Fawkes-masked vindicator whose actions also indeed can fit that of a textbook terrorist. 9/11 undertones are easily apparent when they mention the symbol of a building being destroyed and its ability to change the world for better or worse. I don't know when this graphic novel was written, but apparently the symbolism is justifiably and eerily accurate for what it's worth. I suppose it just depends on which side you're coming from and the amount of subjectivity involved when trying to observe such events. But in the end, I really enjoyed this movie for its extremely good choice in having cast Hugo Weaving as V and Natalie Portman as Evey. The only problems I had were a few pacing issues with the screenplay, that might've been better resolved with either a longer run time or more immersing musical score.
Video - 3.5
Presented in VC-1 with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio, I took a look at the bitrates (mostly in the high teens and low 20s) and it appears Warner Bros. used the exact same transfer from the previously released HD-DVD (aka the more inferior release). After reading the BD review of Batman Begins, I am now convinced that during the format war, some movies may have unexpectedly gotten the shaft in terms of a faithful transfer/encode. Because of the mere max capacity of 30GBs on a dual-layered HD-DVD, there wasn't as much space for as good a transfer/encode. The result: a few movies not quite meeting up to BD expectations LIKE a Batman Begins, V for Vendetta, and whatever else I might have in my library that was caught up in the war. Needless to say, while the BD presentation here is good, it's probably nowhere near as good as it could be. Colors are vivid, but not as in depth as I've seen in older, albeit newly-encoded, titles. Sharpness is around what you'd expect for an HD presentation, but some scenes looked a tad grainy and fuzzy (and not the good kind, like a Bourne Identity on BD, which by the way was re-encoded and looks great with the higher bitrates). Blacks aren't particularly deep either, which is a shame as it's a pretty dark movie. I'm disappointed, but it's better than DVD anyway...
Audio - 4.0
In addition, this TrueHD 5.1 track also seems to be a direct copy of the HD-DVD's. I don't have any HD-DVDs to compare, but I've heard other Warner Bros. titles with the same option, and they are remarkably more in depth than what we're given on this BD. Most of the film is dialogue and comes through very crisp (not that it should be hard), but the more action-focused scenes were lacking in surround usage. Music (one of the problems I had with the film overall) also seems less immersing than I'd like (where at least Batman Begins had a terrific score). LFEs were pretty good on a couple of scenes, though, such as the first fight where V introduces himself and that very cool montage with the dominoes. It's not quite up to snuff with other BDs having only an average bitrate between 1.6 and 2.1Mbps, but it's better than regular Dolby Digital.
Extras - 3.5
I enjoyed the extras, which consist mostly of behind-the-scenes footage concerning production and writing, but I felt there weren't enough. The one segment making comparisons between V and a terrorist is especially interesting, though they could've offered a little more subjectivity to the ideas and overall concepts of what this could represent in society. All features are in SD.
Overall - 4.0
I really enjoyed this film for its unique twist on the superhero genre -- to essentially portray the hero as a terrorist. Much like its script (which is supremely enunciated by Hugo Weaving), the cast is excellent with a special commendation to John Hurt who basically just talks on a giant TV for most of the film. But regardless, the plot itself touches upon many subtleties about authority, self-will, the power of symbolism, and its ability to withstand the test of time, be it through censorship, controlled viewing, etc. I highly recommend this for the great story. But with only an average A/V transfer thanks to HD-DVD's inferiority and the laziness of Warner Bros. studios to do a proper re-encoding, we fans of V may have to wait for an eventual double dip, along with some of their other catalog titles....more info
- "People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people"
In one word....BRILLIANT!!! This movie is incredible. Hugo Weaving did an excellent job, he is the only one that could have pulled it off like that, with his voice especially. I loved this movie, his words are inspiring. Love love love it...more info
- Great Movie
I've been wanting to pickup this movie for a while now on BluRay. This is a great action packed movie with some absolutely great visuals. Natalie Portman has an interesting role in this movie and she does a fairly good job. Check it you...you will enjoy it....more info
- Great movie for HD.
This movie is already a masterpiece and watching it in full high-definition just makes everything better. If you enjoy this movie, I would recommend that you get it on blu-ray....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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- V is for this movie is wack...
People read into this movie too much. They work their political stance into this movie and defend it staunchly. All of the people's reviews who gave this movie 5 stars read like political books. It is a movie with a message - but - it's nowhere near as good as everyone makes it out to be. It nearly beats you to death with that message and those who agree with it say this movie is amazing - but - this movie is just a vehicle for them to express and be vocal about their own political views while they should be reviewing the actual movie.
The movie itself is not as clever or stylish as it aspires to be. It is not particularly well acted, is slow at many points, is full of flaws and plot holes (which are acknowledged yet disregarded by those who see and review this movie only for political reasons.) I'll let you read some of the other hundreds of reviews to clarify my points. I would have given it 2 stars but gave it 1 out of spite for the political junkies. See it once if you are still interested, but rent first because you most likely will not want to watch again. It's not exactly one of those movies that you pop in to just chill out and watch....more info
- Great picture/great sound
'V' is awesome on Blu-ray, the True-HD audio is great. (I accidentally started watching in normal Dolby Digital 5.1 and sensed something wrong) After switching the audio I was wowed.
The image is top rate as well.
The story line is enjoyably complex and makes you think hard about political and moral implications of decisions of government and how the general populous might be manipulated. It's a movie I can watch over and over.
- Best Movie Ever
With as much publicity as this film had received, and having read the graphic novel by Alan Moore, I had high hopes for this flick. I was afraid that it would flat-out suck. How wrong I was.
This film takes the masterpiece of the graphic novel to a whole new level. With the help of the Wachowskis (responsible for the Matrix trilogy) and producer Joel Silver (also from the Matrix trilogy), leads Hugo Weaving (V), Natalie Portman (Evey Hammond), and John Hurt (Adam Sutler) do an amazing job portraying a world in which individuality is frowned upon. Conformity and dedication to the government is the name of the game here.
By now, we've all heard the basic idea as to what this story is about. V, who appears to be the villain, is really the superhero. His ambition is to make as many people as possible stop being drones and start thinking for themselves. He wants to cause a revolt against humdrum society and the government. Along the way, circumstances cause him to take in Evey. Under V's wing, Evey comes to astounding realizations about herself and the way the world she's been living in works.
There were several amazing quotes in the graphic novel during the scene in which Evey makes her profound tranformation. I was disappointed that these quotes were not in the movie, as they truly were flat-out wonderful, but no matter.
The action sequences are masterfully carried out, as are the explosions. John Hurt does a more than believable job as a Hitler-esque leader, angrily addressing England's people, scaring them into following blindly.
Of course, anything Hugo Weaving does is bound to be amazing, and this is no exception. With no facial expressions, he conveys raw emotions by body language and voice alone, and he does so perfectly. He makes us feel towards V exactly what we should feel - a respect, an allegiance, and an understanding. This is one "bad guy" we want on our team...someone charismatic, with pure ambition, determination, and belief that what he's doing is really for the better of all people.
Natalie Portman does a fine job as Evey, transforming from a meek follower who doesn't understand V's plans to a tough, rugged individual who comes to see the light of V's truths.
This film must not be missed. Many of the film's underlying messages of overthrowing the government, anarchy, and breaking bounds of conformity may go over some moviegoers head. However, for those fed up with the way our world is run...for those of us sick to death of living in a society in which dedication and love of our government leaders is considered right and true...this is a film to portray our hearts' deepest ambitions.
The film's final scene, which is different from that of the graphic novel, is absolutely, positively fantastic. We see exactly how big of an impact V has made in the lives of the people. Countless followers of his unite to share his dreams of a free world without restraints and laws. It's an awe-inspiring scene to behold, moving in a way that very nearly brought this reviewer to tears.
In short, do not by any means pass up the opportunity to see this film. Don't go into it viewing it as an action flick, or a film "by those Matrix people". Go into it knowing your life and viewpoints will be changed. Go into it to see a masterpiece of modern film. A daring, controversial, memorable piece of filmmaking that goes beyond all expectations and emerges as one of those films that you will immediately want to see again.
Like films such as American History X, V for Vendetta will cause you to never look at the world the same way again. It has the potential to change lives, and it will do so if only the viewer has a mind open enough and non-conformed enough to hear the powerful message of freedom it is offering.
If you don't appreciate this film, it is more than likely because you are the drones V was rebelling against....more info
- Unforgettable in a good way!
I never thought I would watch a movie of this nature but I am so glad That I did. I can watch this movie over and over and not get bored. Storyline, actors, director, all get a A+ in my book. You have to be somewhat of an intellectual to understand this story completely but even if you are a casual viewer You will appreciate the craftiness and excellent action of Code Name V....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
- 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.
- 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
- Great Family Fun
I love this movie, and so do my kids! I can't tell you how much of an interest in English politics my youngest has taken too since we began watching V, but in a household that watches parliament instead of the house of congress, it's nice to have my kids take an interest....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.
- Political education
Want to know what life will be like in a couple of years. Watch and learn....more info
- Just Great!!!
Well, I just can say the sound is the best, the video is so cool. u got to buy this HD movie....more info
- 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
- Not as clever as it thinks it is
This is meant to be a thriller with a revolutionary political message.
It fails to satisfy on both counts.
As a thriller, the anti-hero fights an evil political system, mostly for revenge for the cruelties inflicted on him, but also to bring it down. In doing so, he kills a number of figures in the system and carries out explosions to topple the state. Fair enough. But he seems invincible, almost, and the state pretty powerless, even though it is supposed to be totalitarian. V is able to distribute a very lareg number of Guy Fawkes masks undetected and to drive a train under Parliament to blow it up. No one is killed in either of these explosions, unlike in real life. Furthermore, how does the masked V supply himself with food?
Politically, this is as subversive as cold porridge. The state is a fascistic one, with an Oswald Mosley figure on top. Its homophobic and racist. How it got to power is explained by a gigantic conspiracy undetected by almost all. It fails to convince. And what happens after the overthrow of the regime? Most revolutions lead to either greater tyranny or a sordid compromise at best. The film fails to engage here, and simply cops out. We also might wonder how why the apathetic masses suddenly risk death to overthrow the state.
This film is actually in favour of the current liberal status quo, with rights to all, though it does advocate vigiliantism and capital punishment for evildoers. But again, this is not really explored. The fascist bogeyman of the 1930s is the villain of the piece - yesterday's enemy (how daring!).
This is a film which thinks it is clever, but only in an adolescent fashion, which fails to convince on any other level. Having said that, the viewer maintains enough interest to see exactly how it will turn out, because the overthrow of the evil state is inevitable, isn't it?...more info
- I just love it
Haha... I just liked the movie because it challenged me intellectually, contrary to other Hollywood works... It also included a piece of Beethoven's 5th which I was playing in my school orchestra at the time. But overall the idea developed in the story just blew me away....more info
- 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
- Loved it
Political and entertaining at the same time. Set in what seems like a different world, it reflects much of our own social challenges of the time....more info
- Well done - makes you think
This movie is a chilling portrait of what may happen in the not-too-distant future in a society that gives up its liberty for the assurance that it will be "safe". It shows how corrupt politicians can use false-flag attacks to force the population to kowtow to them and give up liberties under the pretense of gaining safety and security, when really what is gained is slavery. This is a highly stylized story that tells a cautionary tale to all of us. Be careful what you believe - things may not be all they appear. Entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time. For Sci-fi fans and fans of the novels of Huxley and Orwell, it is a thumbs up....more info