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V for Vendetta (2005)

Remember, remember the 5th of November.

Original Title : V for Vendetta
Director : James McTeigue
Writer : David Lloyd
Alan Moore
Andy Wachowski
Larry Wachowski
Genre : Action
Drama/Sci-Fi/Thriller
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Grant Hill , Roberto Malerba , Henning Molfenter , Joel Silver , Andy Wachowski , Larry Wachowski , Ben Waisbren , Charlie Woebcken
Music : Dario Marianelli
Photography : Adrian Biddle
Distributor : Warner Bros. Pictures
MPAA Rating : Rated R for strong violence and some language.
IMDB ID : 0434409
Official site : http://vforvendetta.warnerbros.com/
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Starring

Natalie Portman Evey Hammond
Hugo Weaving V
Stephen Rea Inspector Eric Finch
Stephen Fry Gordon Deitrich
John Hurt Chancellor Adam Sutler
Tim Pigott-Smith Creedy
Rupert Graves Dominic
Roger Allam Lewis Prothero
Ben Miles Dascomb
Sinéad Cusack Delia Surridge
Natasha Wightman Valerie
John Standing Bishop Lilliman
Eddie Marsan Etheridge
Clive Ashborn Guy Fawkes
Emma Field-Rayner Guy Fawkes Lover
Ian Burfield Tweed Coat Fingerman
Mark Phoenix Willy Fingerman
Alister Mazzotti Baldy Fingerman
Billie Cook Little Glasses Girl
Guy Henry Heyer
Cosima Shaw Patricia
Megan Gay BTN News Poppet
Roderic Culver BTN News Poppet (as Roderick Culver
Tara Hacking Vicky
Andy Rashleigh Fred
Chad Stahelski Storm Saxon
Antje Rau Laser Lass
Amelda Brown Wardrobe Mistress
Richard Campbell Security Guard
Patricia Gannon Little Glasses Girl Mum
Mark Longhurst Little Glasses Girl Dad
Simon Holmes Barman
Charles Cork Barfly
John Ringham Old Man
Oliver Bradshaw Old Man
Jack Schouten Middle Class Boy
Caoimhe Murdock Middle Class Sister
Juliet Howland Middle Class Mum
Brin Rosser TV Executive
Raife Patrick Burchell Studio Technician (as Raife Burchell
Joseph Rye Jones
Adrian Finighan News Anchor
Malcolm Sinclair Major Wilson
Radley Steve Ford Evey's Brother
Madeleine Rakic-Platt Young Evey
Selina Giles Evey's Mother
Carsten Hayes Evey's Father
Derek Hutchinson Bureaucrat
Martin Savage Denis
Grant Burgin Operator
Gregory Donaldson Operator (as Greg Donaldson
Imogen Poots Young Valerie
Jason Griffiths Biology Teacher
Laura Greenwood Sarah
Kyra Meyer Christina
Paul Antony-Barber Valerie's Father
Anna Farnworth Valerie's Mother
Mary Stockley Ruth
Simon Newby Tube Station News Poppet
David Merheb Young Man
Daniel Donaldson Young Black Detainee
Dulcie Smart Civil War News Poppet
Ben Posener Water Shortage News Poppet
Ian T. Dickinson Avian Flu News Poppet
Sophia New Quarantine News Poppet
Julie Brown Three Waters News Poppet
Gerard Gilroy Surveillance Man
Eamon Geoghegan Surveillance Man
Matthew Bates Finch's Fedco Man
David Leitch Convenience Store V
Matt Wilkinson Little Glasses Girl Fingerman
Martin McGlade Victoria Station Fingerman
Richard Laing Parliament Lieutenant
Michael Simkins Parliament General
William Tapley Radio Man
Rogan Grant Military Officer
David Decio V Street Vigilante (uncredited
Nicolas de Pruyssenaere Marshal (uncredited
Christopher Fosh V Follower (uncredited
John Gomez V street vigilante (uncredited
Gordon Gram V Follower V110 (uncredited
Megan Guidarelli English Citizen (uncredited
David Hood V Follower (uncredited
Keith How V Follower (uncredited
Forbes KB Soldier (uncredited
Mathis Landwehr Bodyguard (uncredited
Norman Campbell Rees V Follower (uncredited
Peter Ryder V Follower (uncredited
 

Plot

In a near future, a totalitarian state is ruling England. On November, 5th, a man self-calling V (Hugo Weaving) explodes a symbolic monument and starts fighting for freedom using terrorist technique. He also rescues Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman) from the claws of the abusive secret police and later she becomes her allied. The man in charge of the investigation, Inspector Eric Finch (Stephen Rea), discloses the truth about his leaders while chasing V.
 

Comments

a vividly vivacious and voluptuous volley of a very violently fun time, 14 March 2006 Author: samseescinema from United States V for Vendetta rating: 3.5 out of 4V for Vendetta is a swift and smugly entertaining portrait of revolution. Albeit, this is a Wachowski Brothers revolution, meaning there must be wildly theatric heroes and crisply tailored CGI stunts all set comfortably in an oppressive Totalitarian society. But this is more than The Matrix with a Victorian flare. V for Vendetta offers up a convincing vision of the near-future paired with an operatic comic book tale of love, mystery, and a Guy-Fawkes-masked rebellion. Our hero is V (Hugo Weaving), a masked terrorist with a mind for the subversive, a taste for the eloquent, and a hand for knife-wielding acrobatics. His accidental apprentice (or maybe hostage) is Evey (Natalie Portman), a young woman V saved from the fondling grasps of corrupt Fingermen (kind of the CIA for the V for Vendetta world) as she hurried across town past curfew. Our oppressor in this world is High Chancellor Stutler (John Hurt), whose persona is shown primarily through a five-story tall projection of his ever-angry head. The exposition for this near-future lies mostly in the implosion of America after the middle-eastern war expanded into a world war that reached its tendrils even through Western Europe. America folded into civil strife while Britain became the final bastion of modern civilization after a biological attack isolated the island into a zone of quarantine. Stutler rose to power in the chaos and now rules Britain with the mantra "England Prevails!" Rest assured, however, this is not a reality governed by rolling robots and giant overhead blimps, it',s a world that',s, instead, very similar to ours. The technological innovations are hidden subtly into the film',s environment, refusing to take precedent over the historically opulent flavors of England',s architecture. V for Vendetta has a flare for the theatric and operatic, after all. There',s no room for bleeping robots and bounding technology. On the eve of November 5th, when Britain traditionally celebrated freedom and truth, V launches a subversive plot to topple High Chancellor Stutler and his surrounding administration. Hijacking the British Television Network, he broadcasts a speech that sets the date one year from November 5th as the date of the revolution. Our story takes place in the interim year leading up to the supposed revolution, with the evolution of Evey',s politics, the ongoing vendetta V has set against the players of a mysterious government plot, and the deepening hole V digs for Stutler and his boys to stumble into once that fateful date arrives. "Remember, remember the fifth of November." What separates V',s rebellion from the teeming hordes of other cinematic coupe d',etats made over the years is that V for Vendetta approaches the topic with one eye held straight at the politics of the present. Hot button headline topics continually rear their heads here. Bush is paralleled to Stutler, the news media is heavily clouded, our hero is paired with images of suicide bombers and subway attacks, not to mention the undeniable fact that we are asked to sympathize with an outright terrorist. Is terrorism justified when paired against a strict oppressor? In the political climate of today--where the title of terrorism is threatening to mirror the clout McCarthy granted the title of Communism--V for Vendetta',s answer to that question is a sure-handed yes. But V for Vendetta is no heavy-handed political allegory. At its heart, V for Vendetta is entertainment. And as any entertainment with a hand in Victorian elegance, V for Vendetta must have romance. But before you conjure images of the Fawkes mask flying in a sweaty bald-headed scene of lust, realize first that there also is a master-grasshopper dynamic between Evey and V. The romance is formed as an understatement and rarely addressed, let to simmer below the surface and lend more chemistry to scenes that would otherwise ring hollow.Natalie Portman may have stolen the tabloid exposure with her shiny shaved head, but Hugo Weaving is the masked performance that steals the show. Much of the role',s success lies in the writing, for V is made not to be simply a mask. There',s a theme throughout the film asking whether behind masks of revolution, there lie fighting men and women, or only their ideals. V answers this question with charisma. Contradicting the common mantra that masked figures must be laconic, V, in fact, probably has the most lines of all. The character is full and rich with quirks and personality, but still exists with that essential air of mystery. Weaving achieves the same level of iconic performance that he did with Agent Smith in The Matrix. It really is that good.There',s been debate over the quality of adaptation the Wachowski Brothers offered to Alan Moore',s original graphic novel. Moore has publicly separated himself from the film, quoting in the New York Times last week that "the screenplay',s rubbish." Well, before we all walk away from the ticket line, remember primly that Alan Moore will be the first to tell you himself that he is a selfish, pretentious prick. He knows it, and we know it. Let',s move on. The screenplay',s fine. In fact, it',s a near-masterpiece. What the Wachowski Brothers have done is find the right balance between the theatrics of the graphic novel, and the solemnity to the richly Victorian narrative. They form a dynamic that plays to both sides, allowing for a story that sparks both political debate and giddy entertainment. We',ll first shake our heads at the sentimental, soft-focus flashbacks and silly sub-plot for "nuclear human experimentation", but when mulled over, we realize it',s just the comic book mentality showing its spots. After all, V wouldn',t start all his sentences with v-words had this film shunned its comic roots. And anyway, V for Vendetta is a vividly vivacious and voluptuous volley of a very violently fun time.
 
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