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V For Vendetta (2006)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: James McTeigue

Starring:
Natalie Portman/Evey
Hugo Weaving/V
Stephen Rea/Finch
John Hurt/Adam
PLOT-CRUNCH
The near future. We now live in a totalitarian society administered by a corrupt government. Good news is; a masked and dagger wielding vigilante only known as “V” aims to change that with the help of his new cutie ally Evey (Portman), some choice words and some explosive charges. V for go Vuck yourself world!
THE LOWDOWN

Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. There is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof. – V

Taking into account the recent spat of “avenger overthrowing the government” flicks going from so-so (Aeon Flux) to awful (Ultraviolet), my expectations were lying on the ground next to a vagrant when it came to V for Vendetta. Well color me red with Ketchup and dip me in a hot tub filled with bunnies of the Playboy variety, Vendetta groovyly Vendetted me!

Based on the Alan Moore graphic novel of the same name V for Vendetta hit my mark, mostly on a primal level with the first stab being as a solid vigilante opus. One man got foobarred by the government, he wants payback and he goes about getting it in extreme ways. That recipe always makes for a fine “Arrow digs” dish! I felt for V’s plight throughout and even though the manner in which he was wronged was expressed in a semi vague fashion, I knew enough to cheer him on like a Lakers Pom-Pom whore on cocaine as he took the scumbags out. The flick followed up that potent jab with its crushing “right hand” love story which was akin in feel to say Phantom of the Opera. The courtship between Evey (Portman) and V (Weaving) was riveting and touching, mostly due to the layered and refreshingly restrained manner in which it was expressed. Sometimes it s what’s “not said” that hits the hardest. It worked here! Thug, thug, sniff, sniff…I’m such a bitch!

The physical get downs at play made my blood boil in giddiness as well. Sure the film wasn’t action packed but when it would tango, it would pull a Fred Astaire with spiked heels on my ass! All about the knife throwing jamboree in the sewers! WOW! I got those fanboy shivers traveling through my body there and then some! Love it when that happens! On a cerebral level the film somewhat packed a punch by basically glazing over many o themes/ideas that I could relate to in terms of me as a human being and the “thumbs down” society I live in. Granted the character of “V” almost talked me to death but more often than none what he said “would connect with me” hence making his incessant ramblings worth the listen. Add to that striking imagery galore, an endearing/ poetic feel to it all, amazing acting by all and a clip pace and you get a yummy bowl of V shaped "Alphagetties". So what was the boggle?

Although filled with ideas, the film was rarely brave enough to truly delve into them. This is an oppressed setting right? CAN I SEE IT PLEASE? Apart from a curfew being broken, a kid getting shot and some quick cut “chaos” shots I didn’t get much of it. I personally needed more than the film TELLING me how oppressed the society was to get me fully riled up about the impending "revolt". I needed to SEE it on a grand scale that went beyond an intimate lesbian story, a copy of the Curran or a gay TV host in the closet. The same went for the way they communicated the population being swayed by "V" and finally taking action. There wasn't enough coverage of the uprising to satisfy me or get me involved 100%. The film solely skimmed over its more important aspects, bummer, as so much more could've been done with them! Lastly, for a movie that lives by the motto “they are no coincidences”, its plot line often took the “convenient”, "easy" and “coincidental” road to connect its dots while at other times subplots were left dangling. The script could've taken more chances as to its unraveling of events. To be honest, I only got surprised once plot wise, the rest was fairly predictable as to how it was all going to turn out hence lessening the stakes of the game. 

On the whole though I break-danced with V for Vendetta as its powerful positive attributes were enough for me to have a glorious time in my seat with it all. Arrow sings: And all the king's horses and all the king's men, can they ever put the world back together again, before we reach the end…

GORE
The film wasn’t overly violent but I got enough blood splashes due to razor sharp knives hitting flesh to carve a smile on my face.
ACTING
Natalie Portman (Evey) was impeccable as the female protagonist. She perfectly handled the role’s evolution from scared little kitty to fearless gal. Hugo Weaving (V) had the tough task of emoting with his face lodged behind a mask. His smooth voice and expressive body language came through gangbusters in communicating the eloquent character. Props! You pulled it off! Stephen Rea (Finch) was on the ball as per usual while John Hurt (Adam) made quite the convincing “tyrant” by tearing it up!
T & A
We get nudity, but nothing “pleasant” unless the white butts off hundreds of cadavers’ turns your crank (hey, we never know with people). Oh and we also get Nathalie Portman in pigtails and wearing in schoolgirl like outfit...nough said!
DIRECTING
James McTeigue did an admirable job in having his gritty visuals serve the story and only going “Wachowski” when the actions scenes would arise. I did feel he was a tad heavy handed at times when it came to riling up emotions visually but what the heck, I fell for it anwyays
SOUNDTRACK
We’re treated with an engaging and often moving score that complimented the images to a T. The use of Tchaikovsky also hit the spot!
BOTTOM LINE
V for Vendetta was a bleak/sleek, somewhat thought provoking, fairly emotional and always engaging fiesta. It displayed solid acting all around, fanboy pleasing action bits and moving imagery. Now that I think of it, the whole almost felt like “moments” strung together as opposed to a strong linear narrative. At least the moments had impact. Sure the script kept taking the easy way out and the theme of oppression within the world its set in was not developed enough for my liking hence hurting my involvement, but as the end credits rolled, I could say that I got my che-ching's worth of good times. Will you?
BULL'S EYE
Alan Moore distanced himself from the cinematic adaptation of his novel V For Vendetta, much like he did with From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Actor James Purefoy was initially cast as “V” but quit the part, stating “creative differences with the filmmakers” as his reason.

The film cost an estimated 50, 000, 000$

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11:00PM on 11/07/2007
this movie changed my life! I'm very suprised arrow only gave it 3 stars! oh well, I know I will be buying this for sure!

"Remember, remember the fifth of November, The gunpowder, treason and plot,
I see of no reason why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot"
this movie changed my life! I'm very suprised arrow only gave it 3 stars! oh well, I know I will be buying this for sure!

"Remember, remember the fifth of November, The gunpowder, treason and plot,
I see of no reason why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot"
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8:43PM on 04/14/2006

Agreed

I agree with the other guy. 4 stars? Come on. That's insulting, but that's your opinion. This flick kicked my ass all over the place
I agree with the other guy. 4 stars? Come on. That's insulting, but that's your opinion. This flick kicked my ass all over the place
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12:46PM on 03/23/2006
cmon ....this movie deserves more than 3 stars. i thought it was a great film and is one of my new all time favorites. it is by far the best film of 2006 (so far) with the hills have eyes remake closely following
cmon ....this movie deserves more than 3 stars. i thought it was a great film and is one of my new all time favorites. it is by far the best film of 2006 (so far) with the hills have eyes remake closely following
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