Cert: 15 Runtime: 132 mins Director: James McTeigue Cast: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves
“Remember, remember, the fifth of November. The gunpowder treason and plot. For, I see no reason why the gunpowder treason, should ever be forgot.”
Though this film is now 6 years old, it still impresses me to this day. In the near future, the world is plagued by environmental plight and the former United States has become balkanized. The United Kingdom is ruled by a totalitarian government under the fascist Norsefire Party. Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman), a young woman who works at the state-run British TV network, is rescued from an attempted rape by “V”. The Guy Fawkes inspired vigilante (Hugo Weaving) has ambitions to bring down the corrupt British government. V announces to the public in a hijacked broadcast that he will destroy Parliament on November 5, one year from then, to instigate the overthrow of the government. He is followed by Evey Hammond, who, like V, has had her life robbed from her by the government. Together, they plan the breaking of the bonds of the new British Empire.
As a fan of Alan Moore’s graphic novel V for Vendetta I was rather skeptical, but the action of the film comes from the mouth of V. He is an articulate hero who inspires a whole nation to stand up for their rights. Truly one of the best films I have ever been privileged to watch. Check out the virtuous video hosts a verisimilitude of violent villains and vigilantes. V for Vendetta is versatile in its use of vengeance against the vacuous veracity of the films new world order. Verily it provides a vaccination against the vox pop virtualisation of our culture.