Friday, February 17, 2012

V for Vendetta


V for Vendetta is a 2005 thriller film. An adaption of the V for Vendetta comic book by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. It`s directed by James Mc Teigue. A man known for being the assistant director of Matrix trilogy. So it sounds promising already, right? Well, it get`s better. In the leading role we can see the fantastic every man`s dream girl Natalie Portman. And on an equally important role, we can see Hugo Weaving. No, sorry. We can`t see him. We can only hear his voice. His face is hidden behind a Guy Fawkes mask. A mask well known to people today as the mask used by the group called anonymous and thousands of imposers.
The film takes us to 2030`s, when the world is in chaos and the United Kingdom is ruled by a totalitarian government under the fascist Norsefire party. They use media to manipulate with people and eliminate everybody who they think don`t fit in their society or could be a security risk. Therefore homosexuals, black people, Pakistanis and Muslims are simply exterminated. Unfortunately to the fascistic government, there is a mysterious Guy Fawkes-masked vigilante known only as V who dares to stand up to them. He blows up Old Bailey and takes over the state television broadcast to urge the people of Britain to rise up against the oppressive government and meet him in one year, on 5th of November, outside the Houses of Parliament, which he promises to blow up as well. On the night before detonating a bomb in Old Baley, V rescues a young woman, Evey Hammond, from an attempted rape by the memebers of the secret police. The women, played by Natalie Portman, becomes V`s only friend and an ally, as he continues the fight against the fascistic government.
I must say, I have mixed feelings towards this movie. It was really long - over two hours. The first hour seemed promising. The story was interesting. They showed backstories to the current events and everything. But the second half wasn`t so great. The story started to seem more and more meaningless with every minute. And the ending appeared rushed and simpleminded. Blowing up a building can change the world? Well, in Fight Club it can, but not in V for Vendetta. Nevertheless, it was quite okay and in Hollywood they make movies out of far more improbable stories. And it`s always a total pleasure seeing Natalie Portman, who`s acting in this one, was pretty respectable.
It`s seems like a lot of people liked this one. Despite all the unkind comments on metacritc, it has a score of 8.2 points out of 10 on IMDB and the tomatometer shows that 88% of the audience liked it. Almost makes me regret all the bad things I said about it. As it seems to be loved by everyone, I could receive a lot of those so called hate comments for this. So, therefore let me just say that I was only trolling and I actually really liked it. It was probably the best movie I`ve ever seen. No-no! What`s done, is done! I don`t agree with IMDB and the tomatometer once again. I`d give it 6.5/10 and 5 points are for Natalie.

24 comments:

  1. Son of a bitch! Blogger did not notify me of this new post. Grrr! Blogger sense that we are friends and is jealous! Blogger is a poopy pants!

    I LOVE this movie! (Alan Moore fan - love Watchmen, too!) Don't worry, no hate mail from me, you're entitled to your opinion! I can understand your concerns, though. The important thing to remember is to just suspend disbelief and go with it! It's a comic book, just enjoy it!

    My only criticism is that Natalie Portman's English accent needs a little polishing, but her acting, as always is good! Hard working lass! Always a pleasure watching Hugo Weaving do his thing, mask or no. He has such a pleasing voice, much like Stephen Fry! I like the concept of this movie and the overall look of it, too. It really captured the feel of the graphic novel! :)

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    1. HAHA! Yep, blogger is probably a mean old man. We should introduce him to Wordpress. Maybe they could hang.
      I liked the general theme of this movie too, I guess I just expected something more seriouse.

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    2. You make me smile!

      Several other people that I spoke to also said they thought it was too slapstick. Weirdly, to me, it made a certain kind of sense. I think it's because of Stephen Fry or because I watch Fry and Laurie (Hugh Laurie from House). The Wachowski brothers are huge Benny Hill fans. I grew up watching him, so it was fun for me to see the homage! I needed the element of comic relief, though. Extreme seriousness stresses me. :)

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    3. It is a bit slapstick. I was okay with it, but I wish it was a bit more serious, personally.

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  2. It gets bad comments now a days because the hacking group "Anonymous" uses the Guy Fawkes mask from the movie as their symbol. A lot of people I know that havent seen this EXCELLENT film refuse to watch it because they see the masks from OC Wallstreet and assume its part of the movie or something. Not the case. Anyway I have to say this movie was very well done with tons of powerful messages and warnings about what can happen to governmnet high off power and when the people trade freedom for safety.

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  3. I liked it, wasn't overly thrilled with it but it wasn't a bad movie. Yeah many don't give it a chance because of the government stuff going on now.

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  4. Nice dude I still need to see this movie, it looks awesome and I hear people talk about it all the time lol

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  5. One of the best movies I ever watched. Just awesome!

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  6. This is one of my favorite movies. Well done

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  7. I ended up re-watching this a few weeks ago. It still holds up.

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  8. GREAT movie....though the first two times I fell asleep trying to watch it...I blame the midnight shift. When I finally DID see the whole thing, I loved it!

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  9. Sounds and looks very nice, I have to check this out!

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  10. Such a long time ago I watched this one, thanks for reminding me of it!

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  11. I dig this movie but yeah, it's flawed. I blame the directors....they've bungled everything since the first Matrix.

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  12. I watched this just to see the girl.

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  13. I saw the movie a few years back, it was pretty good. The comic book is way better.

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  15. Despite all the hype surrounding it lately and a few of it's flaws it's a pretty good movie. 7.5/10 Mainly for originality and theme.

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  16. I like this movie. I watched it in theaters and on dvd. But it has been quite a while, so I think I will hunt it down tonight!

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  17. Bald Natalie Portman > Amadalia Natalie Portman.

    Remember everyone, Star Wars 1-3 doesn't exist. We're still waiting for him to hire back the guy who REALLY made 4-6 to do it.

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