U.S., 2006, 132 min, 35mm, Dir. James McTeigue, Rated R, Warner Bros.
"The dark and stylized V for Vendetta is visually exhilarating, provocative and disturbing." – Claudia Puig, USA Today
Based on Alan Moore’s graphic novel of the same name, V for Vendetta is another in a long line of films that resonates too closely with the modern world. Set in an alternative Britain where a totalitarian government has taken control, its portrayal of corruption and abuse is frighteningly poignant with the rise of fascistic groups across the world. When young Evey (Natalie Portman) has a run in with the secret police, she is rescued by V (Hugo Weaving), a vigilante sporting a black costume and Guy Fawks mask. Adept at combat and packing a smooth tongue, V embodies the spirit of rebellion, which he passes on to Evey – all the while raising questions about morality, the obligation of a government to its people, and the very definition of terrorism. This kinetic thriller was written by the Wachowski Siblings, masters at combining philosophy with action. The film features the great John Hurt, who passed away just last year, as the ruling political party’s founder and dictator of Britain.
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