V For Vendetta

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V For Vendetta
Review (9/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

In V for Vendetta, the year is 2020 and England is being ruled by a facist leader and one man stands against his dictatorship. This man is known only as V (Hugo Weaving aka. Mr. Smith from The Matrix trilogy), a superhero of sorts, who cruises through the streets of London wearing a black cape and a mask that bears a face resembling that of the real-life Guy Fawkes. On November 5, 1605, Fawkes tried to blow up the English Parliament as a way of protesting the aristocracy that ruled England at the time - true story. Unfotunately for Fawkes, he was captured before his plot could be hatched and eventually he was hung. Fawkes became somewhat of a hero and even had a famous rhyme dedicated to his efforts - "Remember, remember, the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot..."

Back to the movie and its fictitious story, it turns out the mysterious V is now using Guy Fawkes as inspiration to fuel his efforts against the atrocities of the current regime. On the eve of one of his first attempts to make his point by blowing up a building in London, V accidently befriends a rather innocent woman named Evey (Natalie Portman). Sure enough, both Evey and V become the targets of a police investigation to stop the complicated culprit known only as V. Evey soon finds herself deeply involved in V's various schemes and a year later becomes an integral part in V's plan to finally finish the work of Guy Fawkes and to destroy the English Parliament.

Of course there is much more to the movie than some wierdo simply swooping through the streets of London and blowing things up, but I would strongly suggest seeing the movie to really get the gist of the entire story. Surely there will be people who see V for Vendetta and feel they have to compare it to the Margaret Thatcher era and, as many modern movies get compared, to the George W. Bush debacle. To tell you the truth, I didn't bother even thinking of either. I just sat back and watched a movie that featured an excellent story, intriguing characters, a braless, small-breasted but still stunning Natalie Portman and this character named V that just stole the movie in every single last scene in which he appeared and with every last word he uttered. It's a movie that really takes an effort to totally wrap your brain around but still manages to keep your eyes and mind glued to the screen in every scene and for every minute. I thoroughly enjoyed V for Vendetta. In fact, I really can't think of one thing that I didn't like about it. Perhaps I might question how V can manoveur himself so easily with this mask covering his face but if that were the case, I may as well ask how Spider-Man is able to swing around New York City on his web. There are just some things that don't need an explanation.

Overall, V for Vendetta is sure to be a movie that will entertain movie fans from coast to coast and sea to sea. Alan Moore, the author of the graphic novel, has disowned himself from this movie after Hollywood butcherd his previous works, From Hell and A League of Extraodinary Gentlemen. I really don't blame him after seeing League but perhaps he might simmer down if he does happen to check out Vendetta. It really is quite an entertaining movie and a simple but complicated movie. That might not make sense but I can assure you for many people it will require multiple viewings to completely grasp the story. I plan on seeing it again and am sure I will enjoy it as much the second time around. It is that good.

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