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V for Vendetta (2006)
IMDb Rating 8.3
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Natalie Portman Evey Hammond
Hugo Weaving V
Stephen Rea Inspector Eric Finch
Stephen Fry Gordon Deitrich
John Hurt Chancellor Adam Sutler
Tim Pigott-Smith Creedy
Rupert Graves Dominic
Roger Allam Lewis Prothero
Ben Miles Dascomb
Sinéad Cusack Delia Surridge
Sinead Cusack
Natasha Wightman
John Standing
Plot
"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 protégé, 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

Beyond Vendetta

The graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

More by Alan Moore

From Graphic Novel to Big Screen

More by Natalie Portman

More by Hugo Weaving

More by the Wachowski Brothers

Movie Details
Genre Action; Drama; Sci-Fi; Thriller
Director James McTeigue
Producer Grant Hill; Joel Silver; Andy Wachowski
Writer Alan Moore; Andy Wachowski; Larry Wachowski
Studio Warner Bros.
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 133 mins
Movie Release Date 3/17/2006
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 732
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 8/1/2006
Product Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Region Region
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
UPC (Barcode) 012569736603
Release Date 8/1/2006
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Freedom! Forever!: Making V For Vendetta
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