From the creators of The Matrix trilogy comes V For Vendetta, an arresting and uncompromising vision of the future based on the powerfully subversive graphic novel.. Natalie Portman stars as Evey, a working-class girl who must determine if her hero has become the very menace she`s fighting against












From the creators of The Matrix trilogy comes V For Vendetta, an arresting and uncompromising vision of the future based on the powerfully subversive graphic novel.. Natalie Portman stars as Evey, a working-class girl who must determine if her hero has become the very menace she`s fighting against














From the creators of The Matrix trilogy comes V For Vendetta, an arresting and uncompromising vision of the future based on the powerfully subversive graphic novel.. Natalie Portman stars as Evey, a working-class girl who must determine if her hero has become the very menace she`s fighting against


















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Director: James McTeigue
Cast: Rupert Graves, Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Tim Pigott-Smith, Roger Allam, Ben Miles, John Hurt, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, Sinead Cusack
Duration: 131 minutes

We face our fears on a daily basic. We fear dying in a car crash. We fear a terrorist attack. We fear losing our job. We fear many things. The government that manipulates that fear can control the population. V for Vendetta is the tale of one such government and the man who fights to empower the people.

After the fall of the United States in a cultural revolution, the religious elite in the United Kingdom use the public's fear to take control of the government. One man, known simply as V (Hugo Weaving), has taken upon himself to reveal to the people the corruption and betrayal that has taken hold.

V's first major act of defiance is preluded by a young woman out for a post-curfew stroll. Three potential rapists accost her in an alley. Though they dress and act like common thugs, they are the secret law enforcement of the streets. As they use their power in an attempt to take advantage of Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman), V arrives to save her from their unwanted threats.

He guides her to his lair where she watches as the Old Bailey, Britain's judicial icon, is blown to pieces. It is Guy Fawkes Day. V has chosen the fifth of November in honour of Fawkes - he even wears the mask.

As all totalitarian governments are wont to do, they attempt to quash the story as a reconstruction project. V, however, is ahead of them and arranges a pirate broadcast to announce his complicity in the affair. He also announces that in one-years' time another attack will be made and he asks for the people to stop being afraid of the government and make the government afraid of them.

While Portman is perfectly fine in the DVD, the rest of the cast bring their unquestionable talent to bear on it. Stephen Rea yields his finest performance since The Crying Game as a cop investigating a string of murders that slowly reveal a government plot so unconscionable that it forces him to question his own loyalties. Stephen Fry, as Evey's good friend and television celebrity Gordon Dietrich turned activist, is the perfect emotional counterpoint to the vindictive V.

However, V for Vendetta would not be the film that it is without the immeasurable talents of Hugo Weaving. Adding this to his impressive array of memorable characters (in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Matrix trilogy), Weaving handily conveys a wide range of emotions without anyone being able to see his face.

V for Vendetta isn't your typical explosion-and-violence DVD. It bears some similarities to The Matrix, partially because The Wachowski Brothers (Andy and Larry) also adapted this David Lloyd graphic novel to the screen.

James McTeigue, who started out as a second assistant director on Street Fighter and Dark City and graduated to first A.D. on all three Matrix films takes the helm for the first time. His skill at atmosphere is unquestionable as V for Vendetta is perfectly dark and gloomy.

Atmosphere and performance aside, it's the story that really hits home. It is a stirring political allegory. It nearly perfectly parallels the rise of the religious right in the United States and the simultaneous rise to power of a government that rules through fear and gets its way by manipulating the goodwill of the people.

There are visual and thematic echoes from Zorro to Phantom, and the plot feels in many ways like a gritty action sequel to Orwell's 1984. And while there's a definite feeling of style over substance, it's still so bracingly original on screen, and grippingly personal in tone, that we can't help but get swept along with it. So when in the end it surprises us with a jolt of raw emotion, and we can actually see the nobility in a horrific terrorist act, the DVD really gets us thinking. And that's never a bad thing.


Your Reviews:
"I remember well reading Alan Moore's original comic stories in the short lived Warrior magazine here in the UK in the mid 80s. Then buying the DC comic book series which finished the story off later that decade. I was such a fan and so approached the movie with trepidation. There have been so many movie versions of comics over the years and so many of them have taken liberties with the comic plotline to dumb down the work for the movie going masses. Other adaptations have necessarily cut swathes through the original story to compress it into a two hour film, leaving out great chunks of what the fans loved about the original.

To my delight they've not only updated the story to make it more suitable, they've improved it immensely. Having Protheroe be a bombastic TV personality instead of a radio one, having Evie (Portman) become very centred and her own woman after her cathartic experience (instead of still having to ask V about things all the time) and having a sinister take on state sponsored terrorism all enhance the piece. I also particularly like the imagery of the masses taking to the streets in support, something which didn't happen in the comic.

Natalie Portman. Difficult to over state how good her performance is. Even though I knew what was going on I still cringed at the times I was supposed to as she goes though the horrors of the detention. She'll spend the rest of her life I hope showing what a lousy director Lucas was by putting in performances like this. Hugh Jackman's delivery is also excellent. The desire to see under the mask is palpable. Finally the weary copper Finch is also perfectly played Stephen Rea,

So I can't recommend this film enough." 5/5 (T. Edwards)

"This DVD has everything - romance, mystery, humour (loved the TV skit!), political scheming, a wronged anti-hero outwitting the real villains, arse-kicking action scenes - what more could you want?

The script wobbles occasionally - didn't they have any Brits on set to correct the Americanisms? - but this doesn't detract from the excitement of the story. Cleverly updated from the original graphic novel, which I suppose most people are going to go out and buy, if only to compare with the screenplay.

I loved it. More of this kind of thing please!" 4/5 (Pixiewix, Wimbledon)

DVD Extras:
Freedom! Forever!: Making V for Vendetta – The cast and crew of V for Vendetta reveal the intense filmmaking process

Trailers:
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Comments from Filmmakers - Freedom Fighter or Terrorist?:
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Comments from Filmmakers - Today's Political Climate:
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