V For Vendetta

V For Vendetta

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People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

Graphic novel adaptation, written by the Wachowski's (The Matrix) starring a bald Natalie Portman and masked Hugo Weaving. Set in the future, in a cruel and corrupt, totalitarian Britain, where its citizens are whipped by a bullying nanny state. The nation gets an uppercut when a masked vigilante known as 'V' (Weaving), in a Guy Fawkes-like act, blows up the Old Bailey. Charismatic and skilled in combat and deception, V incites a revolution - urging the people to rise up against their oppressors.

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Action, Drama, Thriller

133mins

Rating: R13 contains violence, offensive language and sexual references

USA, Germany

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Empire Magazine UK

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This is the best Moore-to-big-screen translation yet...

LA Weekly

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Now a big-budget movie has come along to perform a wholesale act of image rehabilitation, transforming Fawkes from terrorist into one of those folk heroes whose retribution-dispensing agenda dovetails nicely with the greater od of an entire nation. He's like Robin Hood, the Scarlet Pimpernel and Jean Valjean all rolled into one...

Premiere Magazine USA

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A compelling, rousing and at times strangely moving entertainment.

Rolling Stone USA (Peter Travers)

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Mad as hell and out to rile up a politically lethargic youth audience, V for Vendetta sometimes trips on its ambitions. But who gives a damn? At least this grabber of a movie actually has ambitions.

Total Film (UK)

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Flawed, for sure, but the best Moore adap so far. The Wachowskis again craft a sinister, spine-tingling and relevant vision of the future.

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Brilliant! Whether Alan Moore wants to admit it or not, a film maker has finally captured the true ideals of his story. I could on forever about the obvious passion poured into this film, but I'll just say this. Please please and see it, you won't regret it!

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A spellbinding adventure. Expertly executed action, with a thoughtful message. I agree with Nick, it's the most satisfying Moore adaptation.

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Although it had a smidgen of 'Hollywood'/box office about it, I found this film deeply affecting. Several things stand out quite a subtle film in many ways - I'll mention 3 things - 1. Evey's incarceration struggle to find 'truth', 2. the various scenes where 'ordinary' people show that we're not just mass conformists - and we can see through rhetoric, spin etc all the scenes showing their disdain for power mongers - e.g. the frequent 'bollocks' dialogues/scenes and the TV sequence satirising the high chancellor - very anarchistic. Loved this film.

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I agree this is very good - most of the time entertaining and somewhat thought provoking. But somehow it all felt a bit serious for my taste.

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First off I will confess that I have not read the graphic novel this is based on - so I can't give anyone the skinny on how it compares. My only real association was that this was the movie Natalie Portman shaved her head for! Strictly on its own merits, I enjoyed this film. It brought together a lot of interesting disparate elements - The Matrix, Batman, 1984, The rise of Adolf Hitler - and accomplished disparate actors - Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea - to form a seamless narrative. It took me a while to get over the rgeous Natalie Portman speaking with an English (or close enough) accent, and the fact that the only time you see Hugo Weaving without his mask - he doesn't actually have a face. Incidentally Hugo is excellent as always despite the obvious limitations imposed by said mask. His voice is a joy to listen to, as was demonstrated by his eloquent delivery of a (somewhat painful) early speech of extended 'V' related alliteration. Lots of provocative musings about responsibility (personal, group, media, state, etc.), coincidence versus karma, and the danger of letting fear overcome freedom. Watch it if you feel like an ideas movie with a lot of stunning visuals and exciting action.

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Had no idea of what to expect when I went to this film. Being a yank, I don't have much of an appreciation for global politics and history. My wife and I enjoyed the love story that is the backbone of this movie. Unconditional devotion. Phantom like. Very well done.

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I had plenty of expectations going into this film and they were pretty much met, good and bad.

The Wachowskis seem to swing to and fro (within movies and between them) between giving the masses what they want and delving into their impression of the deeper layers of society - so well executed in The Matrix and not in any of their other works.

In the first instance there's a misunderstood hero we can feel for, a pretty girl (who's also a strong role model), flashing knives, romance and a lesbian subplot for extra sizzle (harking back to the Wachoski's gratuitous lesser known first film - 'Bound').

In the second instance there's the 'bring down the system' motif which follows in the footsteps of their trilogy and all the associated philosophising which es with it, though not nearly so much as the Matrix sequels.

I get the feeling the brothers are trying to break through a barrier and delve with each movie, uncover something beneath the hollywood facade whilst still staying loyal to their love of the scifi/fantasy subculture. There are some lovely twists (I presume directly from the mind of Alan Moore) which show that characters can have more than one facet to their personalities - I loved the antihero twist, but I wont spoil the surprise.

But in the end its a hollywood film. The od guys are od, the bad guys are bad, the plot has complicated details but none of it really matters in the end - everything IS exactly as it seems and finishes how it ought to. And along the way the themes, visuals, acting and dialogue are handled with all the subtlety of Neo and Trinity in the foyer of a tall building. The notable exception being one of my personal faves - Stephen Fry in the only vaguely subtle element of the film, who demonstartes to a commerical audience that someone can be gay without saying "I'm gay", listening to disco or sporting overalls, boots and a crew cut.

All that bagging aside it's not a bad film. The balance of action, plot and character is od, though it stretches the time out a little. Hu, as Andrea has mentioned, delivers his lines and tilts of the head with the panache only a British or mature Australian actor could summon (or maybe a Kiwi on a good day) and Natalie does a better pommie accent than most of her American peers. But I still hold out for the Wachowskis to push the envelope a bit further.

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After the letdown that was Batman Begins and the fluffy popcorn adaptations that have come and ne without making a dent in popular consciousness, we finally have a film based on a graphic novel that justifies the hype and doesn't leave anyone indifferent. Love it, hate it, V for Vendetta will stay with you for a long time. It's also the most flattering films in recent times. Flattering, because it trusts movieers to be able to handle complex questions instead of assuming that everyone is intellectual incapacitated by ADD or apathy. If you're open-minded, this film will reward you with a rousing experience, one that you'll want to repeat.

Special mention must first to Hu Weaving - whose initial masked presence was slightly jarring (no expression, no eye contact, muffled voice) but as the film progresses, renders an indelible personality in the character of V. He can from courtly and intellectual, to silly and sensitive and finally to heroic and terrifying simply by using his body language and voice. For a character whose identity is never revealed, he is more fully realized than any of the masked avengers we have seen so far.

Last but not the least, I commend the Wachowskis for including subpolts in the graphic novel that were truly gut-wrenching and subversive. I went into the theater simply assuming that they would be dropped in favor of more action sequences, but they made the right choice and gave the film its most affecting character in Valerie (a counterpoint to V's violent philosophy). The second one will have you saying to the protanist like Natalie Portman's Evey, "Are you some sort of crazy person?"

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absolutely fantastic, this is an enthralling, intense, enlightening and very moving movie. it is beautifully done, sad buthopefully, showing both the darkness and the warmth that people are capable of. i think everyone should see this movie, at least once.

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CLASSIC. This is the perfect time for this kind of movie to come out in and it says many daring things in very subtle ways. One advantage of being in a futuristic and somewhat comic booky environment that this film is set in, is that you can make extremely bold statements and get away with it. And thats what V for Vendetta does. Not half as action oriented as the matrix films, this film is more political than anything else. Wait during the ending credits and you will hear the voices of Malcomn X among other revolutionaries. As serious as this movie is, the heavy elements are very carefully and stylishly interwoven into a summer blockbuster movie.
Performances are all A list even though Portman's english accent isn't right on the ball. We'll forgive her for that because she is still very hot&cute with her head shaved :)