“Remember remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot, I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.”
From the Wachowski Brothers, creators of the matrix films, comes V for Vendetta, an action film based off the graphic novel with the same name. Starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving, Vendetta is set in a not too distant future Britain and is an action packed non-stop thrill ride that will keep your mind thinking and you at the edge of your seat the whole way through.
The film takes place in an alternate future where America is no more and bio terrorism has led Britain to fall into a totalitarian governmental state. The story starts with Evey, an everyday working-class woman, who wonders out past curfew to see a friend only to find her life threatened when she runs into a group of governmental goons. Suddenly she is rescued by a strange man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. Known only as V, this masked man is on a one man mission to take out and overthrow the entire British regime for the wrongs they have done. Evey’s life is further thrown into chaos as she is now being sought after by the police and military who are in search of this new terrorist code-named V. Who is this masked man? What is his vendetta against Britain? What is Evey’s role in everything? And are we sure we want to know the answers?
This movie is full of so much awesomeness I don’t even know where to start. From the stunning visuals to the rich thick plot, this movie has it all. It has a strong soundtrack that keeps the mood set for this dark vision of the future. The dialogue also is top-notch with a deep story that is inspirational and moving. It’ll keep you thinking and you may find yourself in awe of exactly how many words in the English language there are that start with the letter V, and the writer’s ability to put them all in one single rant.
The acting in this movie is also masterful. Natalie Portman’s character, Evey, is a strong believable Heroin. She does an excellent job as we watch as she starts off as an everyday, normal, fearful citizen in this police state who through chains of events is transformed into a bold fearless woman who will not be oppressed. And then there’s V; despite his face being one hundred percent covered throughout the entire movie, Hugo Weaving does an amazing job at portraying depth and emotion. You can just feel his thoughts and expressions through the tone in his voice and his jesters and movements. Everyone in this movie do wonderful jobs at making their roles believable and realistic.
This movie is just great; I strongly implore everyone to see it. Its ideas and beliefs have inspired thousands. The Guy Fawkes mask is the face of hactivist group Anonymous and has become the symbol for resistance and peaceful revolution around the world. And while the events and environment of this film may be a bit of an extreme exaggeration, it can be seen as a parallel to the real world, and is not that far of a stretch from the direction our nation and government could take if left unchecked. V for Vendetta is a true work of art and is definitely a must see.