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V for Vendetta (2006)
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Review Date: March 17, 2006
Director: James McTeigue
Writer: Andy and Larry Wachowski
Producers: Joel Silver, Grant Hill, Andy and Larry Wachowski
Actors:
Natalie Portman as Evy
Hugo Weaving as V
Stephen Rea as Finch
Plot:
In a futuristic England, the country is run by John Hurt looking and acting a lot like that weasel from World War Deuce, Adolf Hitler. In other words, London is all big brother’d up, and curfews, surveillance and the confiscation of all things “artsy” is a daily part of everyone’s lives. That is, until a man wearing a cool-ass cape and mask and a penchant for knives starts kicking ass and blowing shit up, and asks the rest of the drones left in society, to do the same. In the meantime, he meets a cute girl and her head gets shaved. A nasty vendetta ensues!
Critique:
Awesome! Easily the best movie to come out so far this year, packed with plenty of style, bunches of action, various interlinked interesting and engaging characters, a contemporary message that cannot be missed and a couple of attractive leads, both of whom bring forth developed personas, as well as an intriguing relationship, all wrapped up in a giant ball of entertainment. That’s right, if you didn’t think that a movie can both entertain on a visceral level and warn you about the dangers of “too much government” at the same time, prepare yourself to be stupefied as VENDETTA does just that, and does it all in style, grace and a wicked pace that doesn’t even give you a second to consider the possibility of going out for a pee (it’s just not going to happen). I was engrossed by this film from scene one all the way through its many deviations, surprises, twists and terrorist turns, as it continually kept things moving, while at the same time, allowing us to follow the events as a detective might…filtering through all of the clues and twists dropped throughout. Who is this V character? Why did they shave Natalie Portman’s sweet head? What really happened to her parents? Has anybody ever seen the Wachowski brothers? All pertinent questions which are all slowly responded to, as this futuristic English society begins to crack under the pressure. Of course, it doesn’t take a genius to connect the parallels between the totalitarian English regime presented in this movie and the burgeoning issues in the United States today, but I’ll leave all that jive to the talking heads to wrestle about.

For me, the film made me question stuff, exhilarated me at various moments (the final “fight sequence” was poetry in motion…oh, and bloody!), allowed me to relax and enjoy some of its quieter times (the scenes between V and Portman in his underground lair were romantic and Portman dressed up as a lolita was the shit) and ultimately engaged me in a circle of curiosity throughout. The ending wasn’t as unpredictable as you might expect, but that was fine, since it was the journey that was the enjoyment for me. The film also had style up the wazoo, with everything looking very slick, dark and deadly. It also had a tinge of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE undercurrent working below it, which is always nice. Kudos to all of the actors in the show as well, since their commitments to the characters were also part of what made this film come alive, and extra props to Portman for bringing home her A-game and even Hugo Weaving, who might have had the hardest job of all…emoting stuff behind a friggin’ frozen mask. But you know what…he did it! I felt for this dude and that’s the sign of a great actor. All in all, don’t go into this film expecting a wham-bam-thank-you-Wachowki type of flick, because it’s far from that. This movie contains more ideas than action, more politics than thrills and more ideology than bullet-time, but in the end…it does deliver in a little bit of everything, and for me…that’s always welcome in this world of rehashes, remakes and TV show retreads. Viva la V for Vendetta…finally, some balls on the big screen! Oh, and if you’ve always wondered what the difference was between a terrorist and a freedom fighter…wonder some more.
(c) 2016 Berge Garabedian
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1:24AM on 08/11/2006

Great

The film was great. Natalie Portman did an amazing job as Evy, and as did Hugo Weaving as V. I would recommend this movie.
The film was great. Natalie Portman did an amazing job as Evy, and as did Hugo Weaving as V. I would recommend this movie.
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12:40PM on 08/08/2006

Really?

I thought it was fine, but I wasn't blown away by it to give it anything higher than a 6 or 7. The movie was very predictable. Sure it makes you "question" government, but that didn't mean much to me. I felt they stretched a 1.5 hour movie into over 2 hours just for the hell of it. That story could have been told much more simply in a neat hour and a half. I just didn't see the brilliance you guys did.
I thought it was fine, but I wasn't blown away by it to give it anything higher than a 6 or 7. The movie was very predictable. Sure it makes you "question" government, but that didn't mean much to me. I felt they stretched a 1.5 hour movie into over 2 hours just for the hell of it. That story could have been told much more simply in a neat hour and a half. I just didn't see the brilliance you guys did.
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11:50PM on 04/17/2006

Friggen' AWESOME!

"Remember, remember the fifth of November." I can't get that out of my head. This was such a great movie. Poetry and action mixed well. I just hope that no one confuses the type of govt in the movie to out govt. here in America. Because the original writer Alan Moore based the govt on Nazi Germany. Just a head's up.
"Remember, remember the fifth of November." I can't get that out of my head. This was such a great movie. Poetry and action mixed well. I just hope that no one confuses the type of govt in the movie to out govt. here in America. Because the original writer Alan Moore based the govt on Nazi Germany. Just a head's up.
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11:35PM on 04/14/2006

LOVED IT

never a dull moment! absolutly loved it and would recomend this flick for absolutly everyone! it takes in the action for the men and the romance for th girls. there is no way this movie could pass without winning some awards. best ever, can't wait to buy!
never a dull moment! absolutly loved it and would recomend this flick for absolutly everyone! it takes in the action for the men and the romance for th girls. there is no way this movie could pass without winning some awards. best ever, can't wait to buy!
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4:55PM on 03/30/2006
Absolutely terrific. Seriously. The movie was just...fantastic. I honestly liked it more than the book, although there were certain scenes in the book I wish had been included. Overall, however, very good. Very important movie to our day and age in this nu-fascist country we live in. And not to mention totally badass. Natalie Portman was terrific, and Hugo Weaving - what an actor, even without seeing his face. And let's not forget Mr. Rea - he owned the screen any time the camera was on
Absolutely terrific. Seriously. The movie was just...fantastic. I honestly liked it more than the book, although there were certain scenes in the book I wish had been included. Overall, however, very good. Very important movie to our day and age in this nu-fascist country we live in. And not to mention totally badass. Natalie Portman was terrific, and Hugo Weaving - what an actor, even without seeing his face. And let's not forget Mr. Rea - he owned the screen any time the camera was on him.
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12:26AM on 03/24/2006

Excellent! (Spoilers)

I agree with you, Joblo, on almost everything, except i thought the ending was great. I was almost standing in the theater when Parliament was blowing up to that music. Excellent film that should be seen on a big screen with a killer sound system.
I agree with you, Joblo, on almost everything, except i thought the ending was great. I was almost standing in the theater when Parliament was blowing up to that music. Excellent film that should be seen on a big screen with a killer sound system.
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3:24AM on 03/21/2006
An extremely engaging film which successfully blends a captivating story with interesting characters, sweet action sequences, breathtaking visuals, splashes of humor, and issues which are completely relevant to our society. A major part of this film's success lies in its' performances. Hugo Weaving was simply amazing here as he allowed the audience into his own persona, while hiding behind a mask. Easily one of the year's best performances thus far. And if that wasn't enough, Natalie Portman
An extremely engaging film which successfully blends a captivating story with interesting characters, sweet action sequences, breathtaking visuals, splashes of humor, and issues which are completely relevant to our society. A major part of this film's success lies in its' performances. Hugo Weaving was simply amazing here as he allowed the audience into his own persona, while hiding behind a mask. Easily one of the year's best performances thus far. And if that wasn't enough, Natalie Portman pulls off what I believe to be one of her most compelling performances as a young woman who is drawn into the world that is "V" and questions whether or not he is right. These two actors had such wonderful chemistry, particularly in the underground sequence, which was actually quite moving. Not to undermine James McTeigue's superb direction, but the Wachowski brothers have made a tremendous comeback after their failed MATRIX sequels. They wrote a film that is altogether stirring, exciting, touching, and funny. Definitely the best film to come out this year so far.
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11:02AM on 03/19/2006
Great movie! I was lucky enough to watch this at an IMAX theatre, what a great movie experience. It is just great to see a movie that is original and thought provoking, rather than just another remake of an old movie. I really liked how they portrayed the future without being overly futuristic....no flying cars or hover boards. Very simple sets that created a dark and gritty feel, very well done. The action scenes were great..very fluid and visible...I loved the slow motion action sequence that
Great movie! I was lucky enough to watch this at an IMAX theatre, what a great movie experience. It is just great to see a movie that is original and thought provoking, rather than just another remake of an old movie. I really liked how they portrayed the future without being overly futuristic....no flying cars or hover boards. Very simple sets that created a dark and gritty feel, very well done. The action scenes were great..very fluid and visible...I loved the slow motion action sequence that showed the movement of the knives. great stuff. the action scenes are not what ultimately make this movie work it is the story, political sub plots, great character development and thoughtful surprises.
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3:19AM on 03/18/2006
V for Vandetta is a taut, compelling, absorbing and thoroughly involving tale with some great action sequences and great acting all around but especially from Hugo Weaving who despite the fact that he never shows his face, still manages to give such a fantastic performance and Natalie Portman, who is so good here and this is really one of her very best performances. There isn't nearly as much action as the trailers make it look like, but that is ok because the movie is always interesting and
V for Vandetta is a taut, compelling, absorbing and thoroughly involving tale with some great action sequences and great acting all around but especially from Hugo Weaving who despite the fact that he never shows his face, still manages to give such a fantastic performance and Natalie Portman, who is so good here and this is really one of her very best performances. There isn't nearly as much action as the trailers make it look like, but that is ok because the movie is always interesting and never boring. Intelligent and extremely well crafted, V for Vandetta is the first movie I'd give an enthustiac recommendation of 2006! Damn near great!
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1:46AM on 03/18/2006

Very fun!

Much more developed plot than mindless action, a nice surprise that the audience seemed to enjoy.

Mostly like eating a good meal. A little bit of everything done well. The editing was easily the best aspect, making dialogue sound and evoke at a more intense rate than any lame CGI action scene could accomplish (this is just my dig at Ultraviolet, an already battered movie stolen from the director and cut to death).

8.5/10

I understand the negative reviews, but they come off as a little
Much more developed plot than mindless action, a nice surprise that the audience seemed to enjoy.

Mostly like eating a good meal. A little bit of everything done well. The editing was easily the best aspect, making dialogue sound and evoke at a more intense rate than any lame CGI action scene could accomplish (this is just my dig at Ultraviolet, an already battered movie stolen from the director and cut to death).

8.5/10

I understand the negative reviews, but they come off as a little too extreme in my tastes. Worst movie of the year my arse.

Honestly the first movie worth watching at the theater for 2006. Check it out!
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