V for Vendetta
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Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, John Hurt
||Teens are probably
okay, but leave the youngin's at home.
||I went with our
staff member Whammy, she really didn't like it that much.
||It would have
||V is a bad-ass,
but mostly with knives which is sort of boring.
||Some chasing and
||V's final battle
was pretty cool.
alliteration for me to remember.
||Joel Silver, Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, Grant Hill
There are weird thing about "V for Vendetta" that I was
conflicted about. For example, I thought the movie was too
long. I suppose thatís not really weird, but on further
thought, I still thought the movie too long but realized it
needed to be at the over 2+ hour mark to get all of the
story told. Then I was upset at the difference between the
trailer for the film and the film itself. Fine, for most
trailers for comedies you find the best jokes in the trailer
leaving the film a waste of time. The thing is, in the
trailer for "V for Vendetta," their goal seems to trick you
into thinking one thing was happening, when in fact, it was
a different aspect to the story. I wonít give it away here,
but it in the end it sort of left me disappointed in the
Natalie Portman part as Evey. Alright, enough about weird
things, letís get to the story.
V for Vendetta
A Movie Review
In "V for Vendetta" we get a back-story that we should
"Remember, remember, the 5th of November," about
the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Roll forward to some years past
our current time, and things in merry old England arenít so
merry anymore. Nope, England is kinda run like a Hitler
dictatorship, spurned by the fear of threats of terror,
disease, and people who donít agree with the good Chancellor
Sutler (John Hurt). But V, a weird dude spouting lots of
alliteration and donning a black cape and Guy Fawkes mask,
has a plan, and lucky for him, Evey comes along otherwise
his plan would have fallen about, well a little short.
Anyway, on the first November 5th of this movie,
Evey is out after curfew, starts to get assaulted, and V
comes along and saves her. He then introduces Evey to his
plan, how the people can change the government if they
really want to, which will actually take a year to finish,
while, in the meantime, V pretty much just goes on a killing
spree, taking down those who wronged him many years ago.
In the meantime, Evey is tagged by the police as a
traitor, but still finds time to hang with her boss.
Eventually Evey is taught that she doesnít need to be
afraid, but rather needs to be strong, and a year later, V
gives the people of England a reason to be merry again.
Fine, Iíll admit it, thatís a pretty simplistic story
about one dude finding a way to make the people see that all
might be as simple with their government as the government
seems to portray thanks to its various ministries. The
government controls the TV airwaves, sort of, so that lets
them put their spin on every story (case in point Ė V blows
up a landmark, the public is concerned it was a bombing, the
government floats the story that it was "an emergency
demolition because the building was old and became an
instant safety hazard"), they even have religious folks and
TV folks on payroll to keep up the ruse. Then, of course,
there is the secret police that takes care of those with
dissenting opinions about how things are being run, and yet,
they canít find V.
Much can be said that the movie is a futuristic look at
the path at a future world we are creating today, but I just
hope that most people realize this movie is based on a
graphic novel dismissed by the author of said graphic novel.
There are times when things get out of wack at the
government level, and the governmentís easiest way to deal
with those who donít seem to have the same "ideal" is to
label them a terrorist. In the end the movie really leaves
the question of "Is V a terrorist, or a savior of the
people?" You can make your argument on both sides of the
coin, and Iím not going to try to touch that subject with a
ten foot pole, but, in the end, my question is "Did I find
the movie entertaining?"
My simple answer is sort of.
Fine, I understand the movie needed a lot of the social
commentary to set up the plot and the reasoning for Vís
vendetta, but really, Vís vendetta really stemmed around
those who did him wrong in yearís past. The fact that it
could cause a radical government change just happens to
coincide with it, and sort of gives V his rational for his
vendetta. Evey entering his life sort of throws Vís
reasoning in a little disarray, especially since they
develop feelings for each other, and V seems to actually
realize that his actions are selfish for him, but will
hopefully inspire Evey to make her actions about the greater
good of the people. The problem is this is pretty
complicated plot stuff, and Iíll comes off a hell of a lot
better in a graphic novel than in a 2+ hour movie on the
screen. A lot of the time I just was sitting back going
"Blah, blah, blah. Just get me to the next 5th of
November so I can see if V can pull this off, and, oh yea,
when does Evey transform herself into a badass that the
trailers hint at?" And so, with that statement,
disappointment set in because the most badass Evey seems to
get is to push down a lever.
Look, those of you expecting a "Matrix" action movie
because the Wachowski brothers are involved, are going to be
truly disappointed because although V kicks ass at times,
the closest you get to a fun fight scene is in Vís last
stand. For the most part this is a drama, with some action
set in, with the underlying story being donít always trust
what your government folks are telling you because a lot of
times they lie.
In the end itís 2 stars out of 5 for "V for Vendetta." I
probably would have given it 3 stars if the trailer wasnít
so deceptive. I so much wanted Evey to turn into Trinity
from "The Matrix."
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!