V for Vendetta


V for Vendetta

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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 would-be terrorist of British history Guy Fawkes and leading a revolution sparked by assassination and destruction. Evey becomes his unlikely ally, newly aware of the cruelty of her own society and her role in it. ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi

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Natalie Portman
as Evey Hammond
John Hurt
as Chancellor Adam Sutler
Stephen Fry
as Deitrich
Roger Allam
as Lewis Prothero
Sinead Cusack
as Delia Surridge
John Standing
as Lilliman
Eddie Marsan
as Etheridge
Clive Ashborn
as Guy Fawkes
Emma Field Rayner
as Guy Fawkes Lover
Mark Phoenix
as Willy Fingerman
Alister Mazzotti
as Baldy Fingerman
Guy Henry
as Heyer
Ian Burfield
as Tweed Coat Fingerman
Ben Miles
as Dascomb
Billie Cook
as Little Glasses Girl
Cosima Shaw
as Patricia
Megan Gay
as BTN News Poppet
Roderick Culver
as BTN News Poppet
Chad Stahelski
as Storm Saxon
Antje Rau
as Laser Lass
Amelda Brown
as Wardrobe Mistress
Richard Campbell
as Security Guard
Patricia Gannon
as Little Glasses Girl Mum
Mark Longhurst
as Little Glasses Girl Dad
John Ringham
as Old Man
Jack Schouten
as Middle Class Boy
Caoimhe Murdock
as Middle Class Sister
Juliet Howland
as Middle Class Mum
Brin Rosser
as TV Executive
Raife Patrick Burchell
as Studio Technician
Adrian Finighan
as News Anchor
Malcolm Sinclair
as Major Wilson
Bradley Steve Ford
as Evey's Brother
Selina Giles
as Evey's Mother
Carsten Hayes
as Evey's Father
Derek Hutchinson
as Bureaucrat
Grant Burgin
as Operator
Imogen Poots
as Young Valerie
Jason Griffiths
as Biology Teacher
Kyra Meyer
as Christina
Paul Antony-Barber
as Valerie's Father
Anna Farnworth
as Valerie's Mother
Simon Newby
as Tube Station News Poppet
David Merheb
as Young Man
Daniel Donaldson
as Young Black Detainee
Dulcie Smart
as Civil War News Poppet
Ben Posener
as Water Shortage News Poppet
Ian T. Dickinson
as Avian Flu News Poppet
Sophia New
as Quarantine News Poppet
Julie Brown
as Three Waters News Poppet
Gerard Gilroy
as Surveillance Man
Eamon Geoghegan
as Surveillance Man
David Leitch
as Convenience Store V
Matt Wilkinson
as Little Glasses Girl Fingerman
Martin McGlade
as Victoria Station Fingerman
Richard Laing
as Parliament Lieutenant
Michael Simkins
as Parliament General
William Tapley
as Radio Man
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Critic Reviews for V for Vendetta

All Critics (247) | Top Critics (50) | Fresh (179) | Rotten (68)

  • 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.

    Apr 14, 2013 | Full Review…
  • This is just darkness played bright, a disposable object but hardly objectionable.

    Apr 14, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The dark and stylized V for Vendetta is visually exhilarating, provocative and disturbing.

    Apr 14, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Apr 14, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 22, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for V for Vendetta

  • Sep 27, 2016
    In 2005, I was blissfully enthralled by Natalie Portman in her follicular heyday, so I didn't quite appreciate the philosophical core of this visually and aurally stunning film. I love the high angle shots in the onyx, low-lit war room, with all those contemptuous whites of eyes staring up at the oppressive video feed of our corn-grilled chancellor. I love Dario Marianelli's soaring arpeggios and was surprised that I hadn't taken notice of him until "Atonement" in 2007. I love the brilliantly paced and lovingly lit second act when Evey is taken prisoner and we learn Valerie's heartbreaking story. I must also give kudos to the impressive cadre of British thespians that I was unfamiliar with before. Stephen Rea's yammy face and the smallest twitch of his lips convey Inspector Finch's every disguised exasperation at the tyrannical government he's tasked to protect, and this time around, I was truly invested in his character arc. Ben Miles of "Coupling" is also quite high of power and forehead. Natalie Portman's accent falls off at times, but the lispiness seems at least consistent, and her performance throughout is every bit as good as her Oscar-winning one, though I do think she plays too coy during her "confession" with Father Lilliman so that she seems to be toying with him to aid in V's plan instead of seeking asylum for herself.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2013
    "Remember, remember the 5th of November..." Based on the Alan Moore graphic novel, V for Vendetta is a controversial science fiction thriller. In a dystopian future Britain has become a totalitarian dictatorship, but a mysterious anarchist dressed in a Guy Fawkes mask calls upon the citizenry to rebel, and plans to blowup Parliament. Featuring Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, and John Hurt, the casting's pretty strong (though it's Weaving's performance that carries the film). The dialog is especially well-written, and has a very fluid, lyrical quality to it. Additionally, the action sequences are intense and exciting; with some impressive uses of special effects. However, the left-wing politics are too extreme, and end up hurting the effectiveness of the allegorical and satirical aspects of the film. Provocative and well-crafted, V for Vendetta delivers an impassioned and powerful tale that continues to resonate with audiences.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2013
    At first, I wasn't very interested in seeing V for Vendetta. But I just decided to give it a shot, because of the main character's iconic mask which I thought looked pretty damn cool! It turns out V for Vendetta follows a vigilante who fights off a fascist government in this totalitarian state in London and takes place in the near future. Now i'm not a fan when it comes to politics, and war, and government and what not, because usually, I don't understand any of it. But I did understand this movie quite a bit actually and ended up really liking it. Sure, it's not action-packed and it is the most fast-paced movie in the world, but it was still very entertaining. V is like a more badass version of Zorro and is just completely awesome. I also liked the conclusion to the film as well. Overall, I liked V for Vendetta, and it actually didn't turn out as bad as I thought it would be; but it still isn't the greatest Action/Drama movie out there.
    Jacob P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2013
    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.
    Phil H Super Reviewer

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