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V for Vendetta (The Movie)

Posted by redkoireviews on 04/10/2006

Vendetta PosterI meant to see ‘V for Vendetta‘ at the movies but never got around to it. So last night my partner and I watched it on DVD. It was fantastic, but the movies would have been better. It’s a movie adaptation of a comic book of the same name, and the larger than life nature of the film suits cinema.

The film is set in the near future of around 2015, where America has fallen to civil war and Britain is ruled with a iron fist of extreme conservative party leader and ‘High Chancellor’ Adam Sutler. During the ‘reformation’ that leads this fascist to power, V winds up in a sinister experiment facility, where gays, blacks and other minorities are sent and experimented on. This brutal treatment fills him with hate, and he sets out to get his revenge and bring the government down. Wikipdeia has the best plot synopsis.

V is an interesting character that has particular resonance in this age of ‘the war or terrorism’. On the one hand, V is a hero, fighting against an oppressive and corrupted regime. On the other, he is a terrorist, whose has no reservations about using murder, deception, torture and violence as means to justify the ends. One of the most intriguing things about V is that just as he is about to realise his revolution, he recognises that he is not the person to seize power from the old dictators, perhaps fearing that power may corrupt him.

The film is based on a comic book series by the same name. Interestingly, the comic’s author Alan Moore disassociated himself from the film, saying that the script did not reflect the comic book, saying that it ran contrary to the original theme of Fascism Vs Anarchism.

However the movie also contemporised the comic book and includes a stronger focus on terrorism and sedition which keeps the plot alive. I guess this makes V less of an anarchist and more of a freedom fighter, but I think that’s a good thing – it makes V a more complex character.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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