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V For Vendetta (SE)
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08.08.2006 By: Sturdy
V For Vendetta (SE) order
Director:
James McTeigue

Actors:
Natalie Portman
Hugo Weaving
Stephen Rea

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A hard working girl meets a radical freedom-fighter walking home one night. Through a series of events, they team up to take down their oppressive government and inspire a society desperate for change.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If I had more time, I would write an entire essay discussing the parallels between the world in V and the current state of events. However, I donít have the space or the time to touch on them all. I will say that virtually the entire film can be directly correlated to something happening in the world today. I feel this is intentional despite what the filmmakers and the studio would have you believe.

Iím assuming you knew it had political undertones, the question is whether or not itís a good movie. And the answer to that question is a resounding yes. I was surprised by my own reaction to the film on every level. Itís entertaining, well written, exciting, passionate, funny at times and you care about everyone and everything in the film. It really does hit on all levels of filmmaking.

I know some wonít care about the political statements and Iím confident they too will enjoy this film. It still provides enough action and enough snappy dialogue to entertain the casual fan. I ate up the political parallels, but it definitely balances on a slippery slope. Itís funny that when you disagree with your government, some will consider you a freedom fighter while others consider you a terrorist. I guess thatís something to think about when we pass judgment on other cultures and even our own.

I wonít say that you have to see this film for itís political statements, because youíre going to get from that whatever you want to. However, you do need to see this film because itís a great movie. Action/adventure films of this nature donít come around very often and Iím glad the Wachowski Brothers bounced back and gave us another one.
THE EXTRAS
Considering this version is the double-dip, I can only assume a triple dip is in store for us. Maybe in November???

Freedom Forever; Making V for Vendetta (15:56): They donít waste any time discussing the political issues in the film or the comparisons to the graphic novel. I wouldnít say 15 minutes is enough, but this is a pretty good taste of the views of the cast and crew.

Designing the Near Future (17:15): Even the set designs had political correlations. For example, notice how similar future London looks to Nazi Germany. They also hinted at some other intentional digs at the British government, but Iíll let the Brits decide if they have a point or not. I liked this one too and is basically a continuation of the first one.

Remember, Remember; Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder plot (10:17): Yes, this story is true, and no, I donít know enough about England. Anyway, this talks about the true story and the politics surrounding it. I enjoyed this, because I like history.

England Prevails, V for Vendetta and the New Wave in Comics (14:39): This is the weakest of the bunch, but itís still good. Itís basically a history lesson on comics and the impact Vendetta had on graphic novels. If you dig comics, you might like it, but then again, you probably know all this stuff.

There is also a music montage.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I wasnít too familiar with the comics beforehand, but the movie is superb and although it does make a political statement, it will still entertain you. Even if you donít agree with what itís implying, you will still enjoy this film. This is a must have for all fans of cinema.
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