V for Vendetta (2005)

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DIRECTED BY: James McTeigue
STARRING: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, John Hurt, Tim Pigott-Smith
RATED: R
OPINION STARS: 4 out of 5
THIS FILM IS: Thoughtful, Intense, Dark
DESCRIPTION: A masked vigilante (Weaving) calling himself “V” takes up arms against the Big Brother government of futuristic Britain. After rescuing a young girl (Portman) from the clutches of the secret police, V finds in her a close friend and an unlikely ally in his efforts to rouse the citizens from apathy.
VIOLENCE & GORE: 9/10
FRIGHTENING CONTENT: 7/10
FOUL LANGUAGE: 8/10
MATURE THEMES: 7/10
SEXUALITY & NUDITY: 4/10
NOTE: One of the slickest, most intellectually-provocative dystopian fantasies I’ve ever encountered. Style is here is spades, but so is substance – and though I cannot get behind all of the film’s political/philosophical messages, I can appreciate its rousing reminder of the power of ideas, the perils of big government, and the difference one determined individual can make in a society marked by apathy and intellectual sloth. The script is refreshingly literate, the set pieces are gorgeously gritty, and the lead performances are phenomenal. Hugo Weaving – who has got to be one of the most underrated actors in the history of Hollywood – steals scene after scene as the titular freedom fighter; and this, despite the fact that we never actually see his face. The man should’ve won an Oscar.
IFFY FOR AGE 16

“Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.”

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About In Pursuit of Copiousness

“Many clever men like you have trusted to civilization. Many clever Babylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever men at the end of Rome. Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilisation, what there is particularly immortal about yours?”
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One Response to V for Vendetta (2005)

  1. James says:

    “Remember, remember, the fifth of November.” If it where not for prison scene with the lesbian subplot, this would be one of my favorite movies, other than that though, I do agree the style of the movie great.

    -James

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