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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
On the DVDs
On disc 1 is a 16-minute documentary "Freedom! Forever!: Making V for Vendetta" with discussions on the movie's origin and themes by the principal cast and crew (no Alan Moore or Wachowskis, to no one's surprise, but the graphic novel's illustrator David Lloyd is on hand to call the movie "a very good version"). On disc 2 is a 17-minute production featurette, a 10-minute history of Guy Fawkes, and the 15-minute "England Prevails: V for Vendetta and the New Wave in Comics." Lloyd and others from the comics industry such as Paul Levitz and Bill Sienkiwicz talk about the graphic novel and how it appealed to a different, older audience. The second menu of the second disc also has an easy-to-find Easter egg of a rapping and swearing Natalie Portman on Saturday Night Live. --David Horiuchi
Beyond the Film
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
If you like a story that makes you think and draws parallels to the way things are in this day and age, this is a movie you will love.
Rarely do you find an action movie that combines good acting, a well developed plot and characters, excellent effects, and a thought provoking message.
The idea of a totalitarian government controlling every aspect of people's lives really makes one think of what it really means to be free.
A friend of mine told me that Mr. Smith from the Matrix played the part of V. Knowing this I had all these prejudge concepts about this movie. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jack W. Rohrabaugh
Intriguing story and great acting inspired me to get a Guy Falks mask made of heavy duty plastic that I wear when I microwave the next door neighbor's stereo.Published 3 days ago by Robert B. Vincelette Jr.
It was pure coincidence that I bought this on 11/4 to watch with my high school aged daughter. It became one of her favorites, and reminded me of what a solid flick this is. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Grizzrob
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