|V for Vendetta
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- Thus always to tyrants and oppression - fantastic movie
Having not read the graphic novel on which this movie is based, I cannot (and would not) debate the faithfulness of the adaptation or its relative worth. I also cannot divine what the Wachowski brothers' intent or motivations might have been, especially regarding the current political climate. I can only relate what I witnessed and experienced from the film alone as an isolated piece of art, and it was good... profoundly so.
The film does not dabble with subtleties or nuances. The regime in charge of Britain is clearly oppressive. However they came to power and whatever their motivations (and the film ultimately reveals the back story), it is clear that they rejoice in their complete authority and enthusiastically abuse it. The field agents or Fingermen violate the citizenry; the televised face of the nation self-righteously revels in the judgment heaped upon other nations spewing smug vitriol; the religious leaders fulfill their carnal desires; the communications ministry controls all programming twisting the news to its own ends while eavesdropping on the general population; the Chancellor clearly rules through fear and with an iron fist. Dissidents are quickly and quietly disposed of through violent means. Free thought does not exist. This is an archetypal oppressive evil regime.
V is the faceless archetypal hero. Happily he remains faceless for the duration of the movie. His mask is all we see. The lifeless mask allows for his thoughts and ideas to be the focus rather than his individuality. His appeal is not so much for how he handles a fight and a blade, though impressive; his true weapon is speech. Eloquent and literate, he expresses ideas that cut straight to the heart (the people should not fear their government, but the government should fear its people). Suspend belief for a period and watch as he shakes a sleeping nation. He chastises the citizens as the true culprits that have allowed the current state of affairs. Then he provides inspiration and a means to do something about it. We see the cowardly and zombie-like nation slowly awaken and climactically throw off its oppressor.
This is not a "how-to" tool for overthrowing a dictatorship. Nor is it in my opinion a scathing indictment of any administration or specific political landscape in the first decade of the 21st century (though it will make you think about some things). Its power is in the universality of the tale. It resonates because it does not have to be political at all. It is about people and oppression and anyone finally standing up to throw off tyranny in any of its forms by whatever means. Certainly violence works well for a movie and to dramatically represent the point. But do not lock the greater meaning and power of the message into its form. Speaking of its universality, I was very much reminded of the musical "Les Miserables" (precursor to the French Revolution). It is a rousing tale where one sacrifices self-interest for the greater good.
The cinematography is phenomenal with its stark colorization; it is a visually stunning film. The action is entertaining. A more rousing tune than the "1812 Overture" cannot be found. The film slows slightly while providing some back story, but it is necessary to fully inform the narrative. From start to finish, it is just a remarkable achievement....more info
- paranoid violent movie
I was stuck somewhere when this movie came on and ended up watching parts of it. If your idea of a hero is someone filled with hatred, bitterness, fantasies of violence and revenge, plus able to torture a poor innocent girl for her own good; then this movie is for you. The very philosophy behind this movie is sick and twisted. Of course, Hugo Weaving is a great actor even when he is forced to act from behind a Guy Fawkes mask (I think that's what it was), and Natalie Portman is good, but it's not her best role. I don't care for movies with agendas and this one clearly has an axe to grind. I want to be entertained--this was NOT entertaining. It was depressing....more info
- To Vindicate the Vigilant and the Virtuous, see this.
I thoroughly enjoy this movie because it is so thought provoking. Some may watch it and just see it as another action movie, but I feel it is more. It is (as it was intended) a look into a possible (and believable) future where the government has exerted so much control that every facet of life is censored and measured.
When the audience is introduced to V, they simply don't know what to make of him. By the end, some see him as a villain, or terrorist.
Which brings me to the question that makes this movie so worthwhile:
Would you do what he did to save your country?...more info
- "Remember, Remember the Fifth of November"
"The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness. . . . This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector."
In the 1980s comic books took a revolutionary turn (one the likes of which had not been seen since the `60s and `70s) and became politically and socially relevant again. These were the days of conservative and consumerist values, when Ronald Reagan was president and Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister. A Cold War was being fought and the lines between freedom fighter and terrorist, democracy and imperialism were quickly dissipating. It was in this political climate that David Lloyd and Alan Moore created V for Vendetta, a highly intelligent graphic novel series. V for Vendetta was brilliantly written and illustrated and helped to prove that comic books weren't just for children; they were literature. The film V for Vendetta is based upon the graphic novel and was written by the Wachowski Brothers (the Matrix Trilogy).
"As in private life one differentiates between what a man thinks and says of himself and what he really is and does, so in historical struggles one must still more distinguish the language and the imaginary aspirations of parties from their real organism and their real interests, their conception of themselves from their reality."
In a bleak totalitarian future, Britain has become a cesspool for corruption, conformity and brutality. People's civic rights are being severely violated by the government, under the leadership of Chancellor Sutler. The people are misguided, apathetic, and fearful of the harsh regime that rules over them but that's about to change. One night a young woman named Evey is caught by corrupt police officers after curfew. They intend to rape her but astonishingly (or predictably, if you're a comic book expert) she is saved by a costumed vigilante, who wears an antiquated mask of Guy Fawkes. His name is V and he has a deep hatred of the current government, a hatred that was born when he was tortured and experimented upon. He invites Evey to join him on the rooftops fro a "concerto" which he will conduct himself. Reluctantly she agrees to go and there she watches in shock and amazement as V detonates the Old Bailey. The next day a police squad is sent to obtain her for questioning but V shows up and saves her... sort of. He takes her back to his underground lair where he makes her breakfast and asks her to join him in his revolution. She agrees but only does so with the intention of escaping. V uses Evey to gain access to his targets but she manages to get away. Soon she is caught and arrested. She spends months in a small gloomy cell being tortured and interrogated before she is released and learns to master her fear. Meanwhile Chancellor Sutler increases his power over the population by overwhelming them with misinformation in the media. He utilizes scare tactics and military force to keep any dissidents in line but the people grow quietly more rebellious. V has promised them a revolution will commence on November the 5th and he has planned to liberate them and avenge those who have been wronged. But is he a lunatic or a hero, a guerrilla freedom fighter or a monstrous killer? Maybe he is all of those things as well as being the only hope for ending Chancellor Sutler's wicked regime... and yet at what cost?
"One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
The film is skillfully directed by newcomer James McTeigue and features an amazing cast including Hugo Weaving as V, Natalie Portman as Evey, and John Hurt as Chancellor Sutler. Other cast members include Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, Roger Allam and Sinead Cusack.
V for Vendetta is a disquieting film, a film that is thought provoking and questions authority. It daringly asks questions about the world in which we live but it leaves us to find the answers. The film is understandably controversial, especially in the age of terrorism, distortion in the media, genocide, biochemical warfare and rampant political corruption. The story shows us the dangers of combining religious fanaticism, puritanical thinking, and social intolerance while handing the government complete control. The film certainly won't appeal to many conservatives or centralists. It's an extreme film that attacks extreme problems. Even Alan Moore disassociated himself from it, feeling that the screenplay was not faithful to his story*. Yet despite the film's many flaws it remains very relevant to the issues we face in modern society.
"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom."
* For an interview with Alan Moore about his disapproval of the film adaptation, check out the following site:
- GREAT MOVIE, EXCELLENt for Blu Ray
Loved the movie. love it on blu ray!! The visuals are varied and this is the type of movie worthy of being on blu ray. It is now more entertaining to stay at home w/ 7.1 surround sound and a good blu ray movie than it is going to the theater...far better visuals and as good or better sound at home !!
Definitely worth buying if you have the set up....more info
- great image
Estoy muy contento con la adquisici¨®n de esta pel¨ªcula. Imagen y sonido muy buenos, as¨ª como el precio y el env¨ªo por parte de Amazon. Buena pel¨ªcula y mejor compra. ??Felicidades Amazon!!...more info
- Almost as good as IMAX
The graphic Novel was excellent, but apart from that, the blue-ray disc is about as good as you can get outside of seeing this film on IMAX....more info
- An overrated movie
An anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Government, pro-Anarchism, pro-Terrorism, pro-Gay movie... I better recomend you to buy and read George Orwell 1984....more info
- Llega el comic a salvar al cine
No quise leer el comic antes de ver la pelicula para luego no sentirme decepcionado, sin embargo ocurrio lo contrario, en algunas partes la pelicula supera en emocion al comic y realmente es de agradecer el poder volver a lo mejor de los Wachowsky, los de Matrix y Animatrix, no los de sus decepcionantes secuelas. En definitiva nadie olvidara el 5th of november. Eso si, se echan de menos los subtitulos en espa?ol para los extras....more info
- Love this Movie
This is a fun science fiction film. Natalie Portman is great. It is a new Brave New World big brother is here and it is not too far off....more info
- Well-Made, Intelligent, If Hammering In the Point!
The Wachowski brothers The Wachowski Brothers: Creators Of The Matrix (Famous Families) wrote and produced their version of Alan Moore's V for Vendetta. (I understand Alan Moore dismissed it, no surprise there.)
I watched the documentary first, Freedom. In it, one of the speakers says that the film is a cross between Alien and 1984. Yes, definitely Orwellian. Alien? Well, not really.
"V" wants revenge for what was done to him -- he was one of many experimented on by a woman doctor who thought she was doing viral research and could not understand why the patients (i.e., prisoners, undesirables, etc.) would ignore her. Talk about being in denial! Lakehill Sanitarium developed a virus that was let loose on the country, which helped bring The High Chancellor to power. And power he has.
The surveillance trucks listening in on all conversation; the curfew police who have no problem attempting rape on any girls who happen to pass by. The USA is into its Second Civil War, and so on. Quite a society!
In the midst of this is "V", who wants to pick up where 17th Century anarchist Guy Fawkes left off. So with a Fawkes-like mask, he intends to create anarchy.
The film revolves around several premises -- Natalie Portman The Other Boleyn Girl; Star Wars Natalie Portman Padme 16x20 Color Photo as the victim, the love interest, the person whose parents were killed by the government; the symbology, and breaking symbols -- the media with the idea that "we only report the news -- fabricating the news is the job of government." Loved that line.
Everyone in the film tries to put a spin on the violence let loose by "V". Building explosion? Oh, that was a demolition, here are the bribed witnesses who say so. Get the picture?
Natalie's portrayal as a prison victim, getting her head shaved, being dragged by her feet, hot scalding water torture -- not unlike a post-9/11 Gitmo prison, eh?
Recommended film -- not so much for its political message which gets pounded in like a sledge hammer -- but for the developing romance between "V" and Evie. Good show.
- V for spectacular
Not only is the BD a pleasure to watch, but listen to as well. Deep, vibrant color, crisp picture and solid blacks. Hugo Weaving is mesmerizing, and Natalie Portman will have you convinced she's truly converted by the end of the picture. 5 stars!...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
- One of my favorites
This movie is AWSOME! It has action, drama, romance, a slightly insane yet spectacularly brilliant main character, and a chain of events that fall like dominos (also included), leading to an ending that is guarantied to give you goose-bumps and make you cry like a little girl.
BUY IT....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
- Movie: 4.5/5 Picture Quality: 3.25~4.25/5 Sound Quality: 4/5 Extras: 3.5/5
Version: U.S.A / Region A, B, C
Running time: 2:12:32
Movie size: 22,82 GB
Disc size: 27,37 GB
Average video bit rate: 12.53 Mbps
Dolby TrueHD Audio English 1376 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 24-bit / 1376kbps (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48kHz / 448kbps)
Dolby Digital Audio English 448 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 448kbps
Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 448kbps
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps
Dolby Digital Audio German 640 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Italian 640 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Japanese 640 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps
Dolby Digital Plus Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48kHz / 192kbps
Subtitles: English / Danish / Finnish / Dutch / Finnish / French / German / Italian / Japanese / Norwegian / Spanish / Swedish / Portuguese
Number of chapters: 22
"Freedom! Forever!: Making 'V for Vendetta" (SD, 16 minutes)
"Remember, Remember: Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot" (SD, 10 minutes)
"England Prevails: V for Vendetta and the New Wave in Comics" (SD, 15 minutes)
"Designing the Near Future" (SD, 17 minutes)
"Cat Power" Montage (SD, 4 minutes)
"Saturday Night Live" Digital Short Parody (SD, 4 minutes)
#Theatrical Trailer (SD)
#In-Movie Experience : "Director's Notebook: Reimagining a Cult Classic for the 21st Century"...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.
- Good movie, but...
the chances of anyone having to fight off a regime of oppressive Christians is almost non-existant. It would have been much better if the government was being oppresive based on environmentalism or a police state for "our security". Small gripe, but a gripe none-the-less. Otherwise it's a pretty good action flick and a good reason to check the power of the state....more info
- Not what I expected from the packaging
This film wasn't what I expected, from what I could glean of it from the cover picture and the blurb on the back of the case. I assumed V had a silent role, and that the film would be set somewhere in the former Communist eastern Europe.
Once I watched it, however, I ended up getting much more than I bargained for. In short, this movie can be interpreted as a very stern warning to those who abuse power---and reminds us who gave them that power. John Hurt plays perfectly the megalomaniacal chancellor who is consumed by a desire to control everything in sight, and Natalie Portman does an excellent job of portraying Evey, who first regrets being caught up in the deadly game V plays with his former tormentors, but finally becomes his willing tool.
I agree with some of the other reviewers that this movie has scenes which appear to be based on events in real life, as well as scenes from other movies. The analogy of the chancellor to Hitler is obvious, with the oversized symbol, marching before the platform, effective use of red and black to reinforce the propaganda effect, and the suggestion of a mentality meant to pervade all; the chancellor's chief servants eventually start to turn on each other, with disastrous results to his cabinet, a clear indictment of the infighting which shook the Bush administration to its core; the subway scene near the end, in which Portman cradles the dying V a la Luke Skywalker toward the end of "Return of the Jedi"; the ruling party's infuriation at being parodied, so reminiscent of Fidel Castro's ire toward the late cartoonist Antonio Prohias; the ending with thousands of extras which was based on an actual incident in the former Yugoslavia which resulted in the downfall of Milosevic's regime; and V's disguise, his chivalrous manner, and his expertise with blades, so reminiscent of Zorro. V reminds us in brutally graphic fashion why a gentleman should never hit a lady. The only thing absent from real life is the character who holds to account everyone who took part in the conspiracy which brought them to power; presumably, that is the greatest fear of some of our leaders who've failed us (and you know who you are).
As for the plot, I found it easy to follow despite its complexity and the penchant which most British film makers seem to have for dwelling a little too much on drama. About the worst I can say of this movie, however, is that Hugo Weaving as V can be a bit of a motormouth, though an impressively prosy and witty one. We eventually realize that a number of elements are introduced into the plot as it progresses, but the makers of this film do a good job of tying up all the loose ends and bringing the bouquet together, as the villainous party members take to feuding with each other as V picks them off one by one... except for the last, who finds out the hard way what it will be like to live in a changed world in which he is stripped of his power. Can you say "emotionally castrating"?
The crowning virtue of this film is the question of V's true identity. We realize at the end that the question is a moot point, but we still want to see the man behind the mask. But then, V wouldn't want me to spoil the ending, now would he?
I fully recommend this film. Control freaks will find it traumatizing, but I daresay the rest of us will find it well worth the price....more info
- V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta is one of the best movies I have ever seen. When I first saw it I thought it was just ok but since then I have seen it atleast 10 times. The score by Dario Marianelli is fantastic. I would highy recommened this movie to everyone. Great story, great acting and a perfect pace. ...more info
- Very V'ish
Oy vey. Verily, I vent the virtues of the volcanic and violent V FOR VENDETTA. No vain variation can vex the verisimilitude of a vital venture to shake up a vapid populace--although opinions may vary. Indeed, this film voices a vortex of vile violence surrounding vintage virtuality.
Starring the vainglorious Hugo Weaving (a vigilante Elrond); and Natalie Portman, who needs to be more voluptuous. Yet each scene is stolen by vulgar John Hurt, who proves to be a most violent, vitriolic villain. Stephen Rea is just, kind of there, but I vigress, er digress.
A vicissitude of voluminous vulgarity (yet often velvety), V FOR VENDETTA often approaches even venereal delight. Which makes it, dear friends, quite valid. And Guy Fawkes only vandalizes my vexation, yet what a virtuoso! Oy vey, indeed.
--D. Mikels, Author (Vexed), The Reckoning
- Some Things Are Worth Fighting For...
V FOR VENDETTA is up there on my list of favorite dystopian nightmare movies like METROPOLIS, BLADERUNNER, 1984, and BRAZIL. I don't care about the overt politics of the Wachowski brothers, I just love their movie! Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving are the oddball, dream-pair of revolutionaries Evey and V, w/ a neo-fascist regime to clobber. Said regime is lead by a Big Brother-ish figure (John Hurt) who uses all media outlets as tools for mass distribution of propoganda (aka: news) in order to control, contain, and deceive the populous. If that's not enough, he also has his military, as well as his gestapo-like secret police force. Unfortunately for him, he has totally mis-judged and severely underestimated the human spirit and its hunger for freedom. V exploits / utilizes this catostrophic oversight to bring his master plan into being. Does V use violent means? Yes. Does he have a personal score to settle? Definitely. However, V's targets are each responsible for thousands of torturous deaths, and would certainly cause thousands more. V's vendetta will knock these deadly, dictatorial idiots out of the way, so that the people can take back their country and their government. Wonderful stuff! Highest recommendation... ...more info