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December 16, 2017
One of the greatest Revenge films of all time, alongside The Count of Monte Cristo. You know its gotta be good if Natalie Portman is gonna shave her beautiful hair off on camera for it. Excellent character development, perfect plot, and many special moments make V very vantastic!
December 4, 2017
A very smart action movie with things to say about the current state of the world. Natalie Portmon is also great in this movie.
December 2, 2017
Amazing film- they managed to infuse action with a strong political message. The only platform fascism deserves is one with a noose!
November 20, 2017
In 2027, the world is in turmoil and warfare, with the United States fractured as a result of prolonged second civil war and a pandemic of the "St. Mary's Virus" ravaging Europe. The United Kingdom is ruled as a fascist police state by the Norsefire Party, helmed by all-powerful High Chancellor Adam Sutler (John Hurt). Political opponents, immigrants, Jews, Muslims, atheists, homosexuals, and other "undesirables" are imprisoned and executed in concentration camps. On November 4, a vigilante in a Guy Fawkes mask identifying himself as "V" (Hugo Weaving) rescues Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman), an employee of the state-run British Television Network, from members of the "Fingermen" secret police while she is out past curfew. From a rooftop, they watch his demolition of London's main criminal court, the Old Bailey, accompanied by fireworks and the "1812 Overture". Inspector Finch (Stephen Rea) of Scotland Yard is asked to investigate V's activities while BTN declares the incident an "emergency demolition". V interrupts the broadcast to claim responsibility, encouraging the people of Britain to rise up against their government and meet him on next year's Guy Fawkes Night outside the Houses of Parliament. During the broadcast, the police attempt to capture V. Evey helps him escape, but is knocked unconscious. V takes Evey to his home, where she is told she must remain for one year. V then kills Lewis Prothero, Norsefire's chief propagandist, and Anthony Lilliman, the Bishop of London. Evey offers to help, and uses the opportunity to escape to the home of her boss, comedian and talk show host Gordon Deitrich (Stephen Fry). In return for Evey trusting him with her safety, Gordon reveals prohibited materials, including subversive paintings, an antique Quran, and homoerotic photographs. Meanwhile, V confronts Dr. Delia Surridge, who had experimented on him and many other "undesirables" 20 years ago at Larkhill concentration camp; seeing her remorse for her past actions, he kills her painlessly. After Gordon performs a satire of the government on his show, his home is raided and Evey is captured. She is imprisoned and tortured for information about V, with her only solace being a note written by actress Valerie Page, a former prisoner who was tortured and killed for her lesbianism. Evey is told she will be executed unless she reveals V's location. When she says she would rather die, she is inexplicably released, and then finds herself in V's home. It turns out that V was the one who had "captured" her at Gordon's home, and staged her imprisonment and torture to free her from her fears. The note was real, passed from Valerie to V when he was imprisoned. He also informs her that Deitrich had been executed when the Quran was found in his home. While Evey initially hates V for what he did to her, she realises she has become a stronger person. She leaves him, promising to return before November 5. Reading the deceased Surridge's journal, Finch learns V is the result of human experimentation and has been targeting the people who detained him. Despite being stonewalled by the government, Finch searches for the true identity of V, tracing him to a bioweapons program in Larkhill. Finch meets William Rookwood, who tells him that the program, which was directed by Sutler (who was then Undersecretary of Defence), resulted in the creation of the deadly St. Mary's Virus. He further reveals that Creedy, a leader of the Norsefire Party, released the virus onto English soil, killing 100,000 British residents and framing the outbreak as an attack by a terrorist organisation. The Party, which promised security in times of social instability, used the ensuing wave of fear to elevate Sutler to the newly created office of High Chancellor and win an overwhelming majority in Parliament, becoming the elected government. Finch later discovers the man he met was V in disguise, and though he initially disbelieves the story, his faith in the Norsefire government is severely shaken. As November 5 nears, V distributes thousands of Guy Fawkes masks, and the population questions party rule as the nation slowly descends into anarchy, ignited when one of the Fingermen makes the mistake of shooting and killing a young girl committing vandalism, only to be killed in turn by a mob of enraged citizens. On the eve of November 5, Evey visits V, who shows her an explosive-laden train in the abandoned London Underground, set to destroy Parliament. He leaves it to Evey to decide whether to use it...

Ebert and Roeper gave the film a "two thumbs up" rating. Roger Ebert stated that V for Vendetta "almost always has something going on that is actually interesting, inviting us to decode the character and plot and apply the message where we will". Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton from At the Movies stated that despite the problem of never seeing Weaving's face, there was good acting and an interesting plot, adding that the film is also disturbing, with scenes reminiscent of Nazi Germany. Jonathan Ross from the BBC blasted the film, calling it a "woeful, depressing failure" and stating that the "cast of notable and familiar talents such as John Hurt and Stephen Rea stand little chance amid the wreckage of the Wachowski siblings' dismal script and its particularly poor dialogue." Sean Burns of Philadelphia Weekly gave the film a 'D', criticizing the film's treatment of its political message as being "fairly dim, adolescent stuff," as well as expressing dislike for the "barely decorated sets with television-standard overlit shadow-free cinematography by the late Adrian Biddle. The film is a visual insult." On Alan Moore removing his name from the project, Burns says "it's not hard to see why," as well as criticising Portman's performance: "Portman still seems to believe that standing around with your mouth hanging open constitutes a performance." Harry Guerin from the Irish TV network RTÉ states the film "works as a political thriller, adventure and social commentary and it deserves to be seen by audiences who would otherwise avoid any/all of the three". He added that the film will become "a cult favourite whose reputation will only be enhanced with age." Andy Jacobs for the BBC gave the film two stars out of five, remarking that it is "a bit of a mess... it rarely thrills or engages as a story."

To re-see "V For Vendetta" was a bit unfulfilling as I honestly donīt think itīs not as good as I thought it was when it came out. I have never red Alan Mooreīs thought-provoking graphic novel, but I know of it, and I think the plot and conceptual idea is quite intriguing. Itīs complex, tense in a way, layered and you canīt but cheer for the anti-hero V despite some of his actions that are as vile as the methods the government he despises use. The main focus is fear and how the government use it as a weapon to control and make sure that people do what they are told. And the antidote is vengeance via V and his methods. The problem here is that even if "V For Vendetta" is based on a graphic novel it somehow becomes too cartoony for its subject matter and you struggle with buying into this futuristic society and its protagonist. The problem is as well the editing, the acting is not always spot on (specifically Natalie Portman is not convincing in her role as Evey and the overacting from for example John Hurt was not of my liking) and the comical structure that appears at certain points in the film doesnīt work but rather create an unbalance. You simply feel disappointed when the film is over.

Trivia: The original comic series was originally created by Alan Moore. However, following his negative experience with From Hell (2001) and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), Moore decided to reject all money and credit from Hollywood on any adaptations of his work. Thus, he gave all the money he would've gotten to the artist who drew the character with him, and rejected his own "created by" credit from the film.

V wears a mask in the guise of Guy Fawkes, who is most famous for his involvement in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, which he was placed in charge of executing, due to his military and explosives experience. The plot, masterminded by Robert Catesby, was a failed attempt by a group of provincial English Roman Catholic conspirators to kill King James I of England (the Sixth of Scotland), his family, and most of the Protestant aristocracy in one swoop, by blowing up the Houses of Parliament during its State Opening.

Alan Moore, writer of the original graphic novel, greatly disliked the film, criticizing the script for "having plot holes you wouldn't have gotten away with on Wizzer and Chips in the 1960s". He ended cooperation with his publisher, DC Comics, after its corporate parent, Warner Brothers, failed to retract statements about Moore's supposed endorsement of the film. Joel Silver said at a press conference that Lana Wachowski had talked with Moore, and that "Moore was very excited about what Lana had to say." Moore disputed this, reporting that he told Wachowski "I didn't want anything to do with films. I wasn't interested in Hollywood," and demanded that DC Comics force Warner Brothers to issue a public retraction and apology for Silver's "blatant lies". Although Silver called Moore directly to apologize, no public retraction appeared. Moore was quoted as saying that the comic book had been "specifically about things like fascism and anarchy. The words 'fascism' and 'anarchy' occur nowhere in the film. It's been turned into a Bush-era parable by people too timid to set a political satire in their own country." This conflict between Moore and DC Comics was the subject of an article in The New York Times on March 12, 2006, five days before the U.S. release. In the New York Times article, Silver stated that about twenty years prior to the film's release, he met with Moore and David Gibbons when Silver acquired the film rights to V For Vendetta and Watchmen. Silver stated: "Alan was odd, but he was enthusiastic and encouraging us to do this. I had foolishly thought that he would continue feeling that way today, not realizing that he wouldn't." Moore did not deny this meeting, nor Silver's characterization of Moore at that meeting, nor did Moore state that he advised Silver of his change of opinion in those approximately twenty years. The New York Times article also interviewed David Lloyd about Moore's reaction to the film's production, stating, "Mr. Lloyd, the illustrator of V for Vendetta, also found it difficult to sympathize with Mr. Moore's protests. When he and Mr. Moore sold their film rights to the comic book, Mr. Lloyd said: "We didn't do it innocently. Neither myself nor Alan thought we were signing it over to a board of trustees who would look after it like it was the Dead Sea Scrolls."
½ November 11, 2017
Better than a provocative and violent super-hero movie is a social and politically relevant and symbolic one, whose plot can be transferred into more complex standards. "V for Vendetta" proves how much the genre can improve itslef and inspire its audience. The Wachwoski Sisters and James McTeigue did an excellent job in crafting this masterpiece! Hugo Weaving was the perfect casting choice for the role, no other gentleman could perform the excentric protagonist. As well as Natalia Portman, who could manage to be as important and engaging as V, she was terrific. Almost everything here was!
½ November 4, 2017
Superb!!! Have seen it occasionally on the 5th of November as well!
October 29, 2017
V For Vendetta: Skillfully ventures into the philosophical ideals of a venal goverment. Being Valaint, Valid, Vast, and Vehement. V For Vendetta is strangely intriguingly as a Superhero film as well being a Verisimilitude drama film.
October 11, 2017
I believe that the character speaks for himself. The movie is but a well produced extension of his glory. Although, with all of the conflict occurring in our modern era, you may feel disgusted by this masterpiece. Don't let prejudice deteriorate the artistic qualities of the character and the film.
October 5, 2017
Excellent, poignant, political action film, V for Vendetta is one of a kind.
½ October 1, 2017
V for Vendetta follows the story of Evey, a young woman living in an alternate, totalitarian version of Britain who after a run in with the secret police is rescued by a masked vigilante named V. Hugo Weaving plays the verbose and theatrical V to a tee and is thoroughly intriguing and engaging throughout. Natalie Portman's performance as Evey is also excellent and her character development and relationship with V is well done if a little unbelievable after what V does to her. My biggest issue with the film however, as a film set in England, with mostly English actors (and Hugo Weaving's completely convincing English accent), Natalie Portman's appalling English accent is incredibly distracting and off putting and sometimes it's hard to look past that and focus on her performance. John Hurt also plays a wonderfully dramatic villain, most likely completely aware of the irony with his previous role in 1984. Overall, it is an entertaining and thoughtful film that stands apart from a lot of other comic book adaptations,
September 27, 2017
exceptional movie, it's a must see and spell binding while in these ...times
September 27, 2017
My favorite based on a graphic novel movie. Flawless and inspiring. The best performance by Hugo Weaving. Very emotive message.
September 27, 2017
Excellent film, would def watch again!
September 12, 2017
Movie was visually and intellectually refreshing.
September 8, 2017
One of the greatest movies I've ever seen !! There's basicaly nothing really bad I can say about this film, it's entertaining, smart, and the performances by both Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving are epic. This is, by far, the best movie that involves politics and action, and probably the best British film ever. Fantastic movie and certainly recommended !!
September 4, 2017
One of the best movies I've seen in a while. Hugo Weaving gives an awesome performance as V and Natalie Portman is great too. Great story and characters and the action was superb. Overall an incredible movie.
September 3, 2017
"V for Vendetta" is a movie that has both good and bad elements in it. There are a lot of times where the main character acts with "V" as they call him in the movie where she just does not seem like a normal human being, which is what they tried to make her seem like in the beginning. She immediately thanks the man who just killed 2 people in front of her eyes. You could say she trusted him for saving her, but in real life if you got ganged up on and somebody killed the attackers with throwing knives, you would not trust this person. The good to the movie is that it does captivate you. I found myself getting sucked into the movie. It never got boring, the movie always had something up its sleeve to make you more and more interested.

Xavier "views" Lung *4 stars*
September 2, 2017
V for Vendetta excelled my expectations; great cast, great dialogue and very touching.
August 28, 2017
An overly dramatic in a Shakespeare kind of way, English movie with a bit of weird romance over an old mystery.
Super Reviewer
½ August 26, 2017
A strange film very different to anything else. Good SFX but overall little action in this, rebel against the big bro government of the future film.
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