V for Vendetta (2005)

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V for Vendetta (2005)
  • Time: 132 min
  • Genre: Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Director: James McTeigue
  • Cast: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea

Storyline:

Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V For Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked vigilante known only as “V.” Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he detonates two London landmarks and takes over the government-controlled airwaves, urging 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 plot to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption.

2 reviews

  • This is probably one of the only films I have seen that deserve a full 10/10. It is absolutely jaw-dropping and an amazing piece which is a perfect example of pure cinema. I have not read any of the comics so I saw this film with no knowledge of it and no preconceptions of what it should be like. And I am glad I didn’t. Hugh Weaving was well cast and he gave the character of V great charisma, wit and made him strangely attractive ( although that could just be me). Natalie Portman’s character Evey was good and provided the typical love interest but the way the film ends, with V dying just after they realise how they feel about each other was well shot and portrayed the emotions felt by both characters. However, I don not think that she is a particularly good actress as some of her scenes are quite wooden, although this could also just be the fact that her lines weren’t as interesting or as well written as V’s. In general, however, the film is astonishing. The acting, the plot-line and that final scene of the Houses of Parliament blowing up makes everybody completely blown away and the film is definitely a diamond in the rough of other recent releases which just cannot compare!

  • James McTeigue’s bold adaption of the Wachowski brothers’ screen play is an impressive piece of film-making and script-writing from the latter in what is an ambitious British political thriller.

    Hugo Weaving is the mysterious yet intriguing masked extremist V, an extremist who is intent on standing up against the prejudice and unmoral government at the helm of Britain. He forms an unlikely ally in fragile woman Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman) who inadvertently is led into the modern Guy Fawkes’ so called prepared terrorist attack on the Houses of Parliament. He plans to accomplish this grand feat on the 5th November, bonfire night, Guy Fawkes night!

    This is a very ambitious and intellectual thriller which relies heavily on the chemistry of Weaving and Portman during some of the more bloated and long winded political scenes. It also sends out a valid message that is is important we take part in political voting as the country could be being run by a violent tyrant if we do not consider who is best for the vacancy.

    Overall, a gripping and emotional tale which stretches out a little too long duration wise and perhaps lets politics stumble in the way of more important features in the film.

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