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V for Vendetta (2006)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 238
Fresh: 173 | Rotten: 65

Visually stunning and thought-provoking, V For Vendetta's political pronouncements may rile some, but its story and impressive set pieces will nevertheless entertain.

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 19

Visually stunning and thought-provoking, V For Vendetta's political pronouncements may rile some, but its story and impressive set pieces will nevertheless entertain.

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Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, V for Vendetta takes place in an alternate vision of Britain in which a corrupt and abusive totalitarian government has risen to complete power. During a threatening run in with the secret police, an unassuming young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) is rescued by a vigilante named V (Hugo Weaving) -- a caped figure both articulate and skilled in combat. V embodies the principles of rebellion from an authoritarian state, donning a mask of vilified

Aug 1, 2006

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Speaking of love, things go blooey instead of gooey whenever heroine and hero come close enough to touch; far from being sensual, let alone erotic, the movie proves to be not much fun at all.

April 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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This is just darkness played bright, a disposable object but hardly objectionable.

April 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The dark and stylized V for Vendetta is visually exhilarating, provocative and disturbing.

April 14, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Just when we were ready to give up mainstream movies as braindead,along comes the controversial and gleefully subversive V for Vendetta, a piece of corporate-sponsored art that will have audiences rooting for a bomb-throwing anarchist.

April 14, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Whether you're mindless or Mensa, you'll find stuff here to challenge and trouble you, the way a good piece of speculative fiction should.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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By the movie's midpoint, the Wachowski brothers' screenplay has gotten so bogged down in back story that it takes 40 minutes for director James McTiegue to get back to the explosions that his 16-year-old target audience assumes will solve everything.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: NPR.org | Comments (22)
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In its ambition to weld a political message onto a comic-book movie it falls rather pitifully between two stools.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent | Comment (1)
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In adapting Moore's sprawling narrative into a workable screenplay, the Wachowski Brothers have come up with a balance of thoughtful philosophy and all-out action that feels more natural and organic than it did in their Matrix films.

August 23, 2010 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Alan Moore may be greatest victim of Hollywood's comic book adaptation craze.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Reverse Shot | Comments (2)
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Daredevil in agitator garb

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comments (10)
CinePassion

A brutally intelligent political thriller...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Moore and Lloyd posed this paradigm in a Cold War era and it never came to pass. Leave it to the Wachowski Brothers to update it for the War on Terror, or rather its aftermath.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Better than the original comic. Seriously.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CHUD | Comments (4)

V for Vendetta is a milestone. Maybe not a big marker, but a milestone nonetheless.It is anti-establishment redux.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net | Comment (1)
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Forget the faux accent, it's the raw emotion [Portman] displays, especially in the film's latter stages, that's positively Streep-like and most captivating.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Comment (1)
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Contentious, pretentious but with a great last 20 minutes.

October 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)

The details of V's beef with society are hazy, but the film has a certain purity of spirit.

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Major studio pictures can certainly be more creative, but they're rarely as bold as this.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

blends modern-day politics with good old-fashioned derring-do to explore the grey areas (in a very grey-looking London) between freedom, justice, dissidence and retribution.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Comment (1)
Eye for Film

When the script sticks close to Alan Moore, it works best. Which, sadly, is seldom.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (2)
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August 20, 2013
spielberg00

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An absolute triumph of a political thriller concerning a young woman (Natalie Portman) who gets wrapped up in a plot to overthrow a corrupt, authoritarian government ruled by a wicked leader (John Hurt), by a masked vigilante named "V" (Hugo Weaving) whose hope is to inspire those around him to stand up for what is right. This movie simply hits all the right notes and is totally into its own futuristic "1984"-ish society you can't help but get hooked by it. This is Portman's breakout performance, she's incredible, and Hugo Weaving does a remarkable voiceover job as one of the best characters ever, movies or television, with "V". The grand finale will send shivers down your spine.
April 25, 2013
Dan Schultz

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There's a definite Guy Fawkes motive running through this film isn't there, didn't notice at first (yes I'm being sarcastic). kind of a kinky dressing up as Guy Fawkes fetish thing going on. The plot is strange for sure, set in the future of the 2030's, its all about a totalitarian run UK and a certain freedom fighter (with the noted Guy Fawkes fetish) who uses the old 16th Century attempted terrorist act as his main influence for his own terror attacks...of freedom.

A curious blend of fascism set against anarchy with an all American style matinée serial/pulp magazine hero in the middle. What I have always found weird about this graphic novel creation is the obsession with Guy Fawkes. I understand the notion of using the terrorist act of blowing up Parliament as brilliant symbol/sign of rebellion against the dictatorship that governs this universes UK, but why the need to dress up like Guy Fawkes complete with silly period wig and quaint facial mask?. Why would someone in the 2030's idolise and copy a 16th Century criminal, despite his treasonous act which isn't actually much to celebrate really.

Anyway I can't deny that Weaving's smooth charismatic tones were prefect for the voice of 'V'. He played the character in full as we know but his polite charming well spoken mannerisms really sold the whole anti hero character and gave him this endearing Errol Flynn like persona. Its quite strange to actually think that he was rather dashing even though his face is hidden behind that mask, you tend to forget he's wearing a mask really, its a good looking mask.

The less said about Portman the better frankly, she is becoming more and more annoying as she grows older. She spends the whole time in this film looking distraught with her mouth hanging open and gasping for air! its quite infuriating.

Who better to use for the fascist regime leader than the main lead for the film adaptation of the Orwell novel 'Nineteen Eighty-Four', John Hurt. Hurt's performance is pretty much limited to simply being on a large TV screen/monitor, but the way he barks out orders in a menacing torrent to his subordinates is really a joy to watch. In fact the whole design and look of the fascist party is really well done with clear references/influences from history in certain scenes of addressing the nation. Black and red are the strong piercing colours of the 'Norsefire party', cliched but effective, much like their whole exterior appearance really but lets not forget this is a graphic novel adaptation where visuals are everything.

Its visuals that do bring this film to life like many other similar films. The dark grey tones, dark alleyways, dark rooftops, the darkly cloaked anti hero, shadows galore and the much required dark anti hero logo that will eventually Adorn most badly lit vicinities. In short this is very much your 'Batman' type affair accept it has a more simple minimalistic feel or approach, remember its set in merry old England and not a forest of gothic skyscrapers. The visuals can be striking at times but oddly basic at others, almost verging on TV movie standards.

A clever film where the main (anti) hero is more a symbol of the people, the movement and less of an individual person with fancy fighting moves. The fact they managed to resist showing the face beneath the mask is amazing frankly, seeing as they couldn't resist the old slow motion martial arts stuff (you can see The Wachowski Brothers were here)...but that might be in the graphic novel, I haven't seen it. Its all here with this film, totalitarian fears, media cover ups, secret police, total anarchy, genocide, dictators, torture and the destruction of our beloved Big Ben and Palace of Westminster, oh the sacrilege!.

I also liked the lesbian/gay sub plot in the film set within the fascist regime. Now I'm guessing this is in the graphic novel as its a brave move to be so bold with this kind of content (but this is a UK film, and the UK is brutally PC). The whole idea works perfectly against the extremist policies of the 'Norsefire party' and really brings fresh emotions to the surface, clearly using the realities of Nazi acts during WWII.

I enjoyed the fighting sequences and I liked the masked avenger known as 'V'. The film is heavily cliched but has many undertones which can be looked at in different ways. Unsure how accurate it is to the original source material seeing as Moore didn't like it but none the less its a thoroughly fun action film that boarders on operatic at times!. Still don't really see the need for the the Guy Fawkes motive though, other than it simply looks kinda cool and original.

Final note, why can't henchmen ever understand that maybe shooting the hero in the face might be more effective.
March 24, 2013
phubbs1

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    1. V: A man after my own heart.
    – Submitted by Lucas B (11 months ago)
    1. V: There are no coincidences, only the illusion of coincidences.
    – Submitted by Victor T (11 months ago)
    1. V: People should not be afraid of their government, government should be afraid of their people.
    – Submitted by NiKa N (15 months ago)
    1. V: The only verdict is vengeance a vendetta.
    – Submitted by Uzair S (16 months ago)
    1. V: People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.
    – Submitted by Erald P (16 months ago)
    1. Evey: No one will ever forget that night and what it meant for this country. But I will never forget the man and what he meant to me.
    – Submitted by Ingrid G (16 months ago)
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