- Sorry, this item is not available in
- Image not available
- To view this video download Flash Player
Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V For Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man (Hugo Weaving) known only as "V." Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about V's mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself - and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plan to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption.
"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 ironically played Winston Smith in the movie 1984) whose party uses force and fear to run the nation. After gaining 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 US 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
I bought V for Vendetta in HD-DVD and then re-bought it in Bluray shortly after HD-DVD collapsed and left me homeless - begging for new disks on exit ramps. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jane Smith
Although the man behind the Guy Fawkes mask is never actually revealed, James McTeigue’s “V for Vendetta” still captures the attention of any drama enthusiast. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Christian
DVD worked fine. This is one great movie!! All of us should see this one and really think about its messages!Published 17 days ago by MARK W STEVENS
|Topic||From this Discussion|
I remember reading somewhere that the maximum length of a review should be no longer than 1000 words. I've written 41 so far and had all of them published; I made sure that none of them broke the 1000 word mark... hope this helps.
Aug 5, 2006 by Paul Fogarty | See all 7 posts
I've found that a major problem with the modern Christian vs Atheist argument is that both sides end up presenting the other in the worst form that has been empirically observed and arguing against that formulation. When the worst form is presented and then attributed to all, most, or even a... Read More
May 28, 2007 by Jack Thompson | See all 39 posts
|V is for Vomit: The Vile and Vicious Vitriol of Anti-Terror War Villians||
Would you call the French Resistance during WWII a group of terrorists? Technically, if you're going to define them purely by their actions and ignore their ideology, they would be. That's about as deep as your analysis goes. The government depicted in V can be a metaphor for where we _might_... Read More
Aug 28, 2006 by Traveler | See all 69 posts
|fave V for Vendetta QUOTE!||
"Thank you, but I'd rather die behind the chemical sheds."
Oct 21, 2011 by Nathalie | See all 4 posts
|Censoring of Bad Reviews||
As is clearly mentioned when one goes to write a review, it could take up to 24 hours to be posted. Therefore, to expect your review to appear "almost immediately" is ridicuous. Further, watch your review for inappropriate content. Is there any foul language or comments not suitable for... Read More
Aug 4, 2006 by Ian | See all 25 posts
|Questions||Be the first to reply|