Movie Title: V for Vendetta
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 2 hr. 12 min.
Who did I watch with?: Stephie and J.R.
Where did I watch it?: Home
V for Vendetta is a political action thriller and love story based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore. Moore, as his typically crotchety self, did not approve of the film. I disagree with Moore and I believe it is a truly important film that has a message that is even more apt now than at the time of its release.
V for Vendetta is the story of the terrorist V. V (Hugo Weaving) is a man of mystery that has been harmed by the hands of a fascist government. Great Britain has experienced a period of war, disease, and trauma. During this time Adam Sutler (John Hurt) became high chancellor of Great Britain. He now exercises total control over the island of Great Britain. V is determined to fulfill the mission of Guy Fawkes and destroy the British Parliament building. Evey (Natalie Portman) is roped into V’s plot when he rescues her from rape at the hands of the police. V conducts a variety of terrorist activities and assassinations building up to November the 5th when he hopes to inspire a mass uprising against the government.
All of this boils down to a variety of personal relationships. Evey and V’s relationships deepen as they spend more time together while Evey simultaneously ruins lives. This is paired with the story of Inspector Finch (Stephen Rea) who conducts investigations into V’s motives by studying what happened at a detention facility called Larkhill. These relationships become more abstract as they get closer to the point of power. The performances are great. Hugo Weaving is extremely emotive for someone who never shows their face. Natalie Portman demonstrates range down the stretch run of the film. Stephen Rea and Rupert Graves are exceptional as the lead investigators in the terrorism case. Stephen Fry has a touching minor role and the late John Hurt is exceptional in what is essentially a reprisal of his role in 1984.
V for Vendetta is a great story. It is beautifully shot. It has great characters and a timely story. It also has rousing action and a lot of suspense. See it.
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