V for Vendetta (2006)


Movie Review

Directed by: James McTeigue

Starring: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, John Hurt, and Stephen Rea

In this futuristic comic book thriller, Great Britain is ruled by a totalitarian government led by Chancellor Adam Sutler (John Hurt).  A vicious and vivacious vigilante known as ā€œVā€ (Hugo Weaving) vies to vindicate his past and vilify the dictatorial government that has taken countless civil liberties away from the people of Britain.  On the night of his first major terrorist act, he rescues a young Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman) from an attempted sexual assault by the police and forms an unlikely friendship that changes the course of Evey's life.

V for Vendetta is a very intense thriller rife with social commentary on the United States and its  policies on terrorism.  This commentary definitely has relevance nowadays and is a key take-away from the movie. That being said, it's the best picture written by the Wachowski brothers since The Matrix.  Hugo Weaving is simply electrifying as V on screen, and the story is a nonstop thrill ride full of plot twists.  This movie gets a sober rating.  If you do have a drink, don't worry.  V will sober you right up as you get drawn into this dark and vivid view of the future.



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