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V For Vendetta

TITLE: V For Vendetta

YEAR: 2006

GENRE: Superhero/Comics

In many of today’s comic book adaptations it seems that Hollywood believes that bigger is better. Between all the fight scenes and massive explosions, personally I am not excited about their release as I once was say five years ago. What once was a special occasion has now become a several times a year occurrence, and in many cases these superhero adaptations leave me disappointed and wanting the $20 or so I spent back in my wallet. Directors forget that superior writing will always supersede big explosions and special effects, and these are the films that will be most remembered in the superhero genre. This is the case with V For Vendetta, a spectacular and well written superhero adventure that replaces things blowing up with a quality storyline and great performances to make a memorable production.

In an alternate timeline, Great Britain is a totalitarian state from the results of an unethical war waged by the United States and a plague that devastated England. A lone vigilante simply known as V (played by Hugo Weaving) believes that the British government is corrupt and conducts violent acts of sedition against the leaders. Evie Hammond (Natalie Portman) is saved by the masked avenger V and inadvertently becomes part of his mission to rally the people of England around his cause to destroy the dictator Chancellor Adam Sutler (John Hurt). V also has a score to settle with many of the leaders of the new world order, and he takes it upon himself to extract revenge against the people who destroyed his life.

V For Vendetta proves that the superhero genre can produce intelligent, thought provoking films that can be made with style and mature performances. The best aspect of the film is the character V himself, and his character brings about a question worthy of debate: what is a terrorist? From the Western perspective this type of person is a psychopath and an extremist who harms innocent people for his cause, but from the Palestinian or some other oppressed society’s views they would see this type of person as a freedom fighter and a martyr for justice and equality. Which one V would be is an interesting discussion of semantics and political theory. There are also some other interesting topics that the film brings up, such as the rights of minorities, the legitimacy of dictatorial governments, the role of religion in politics, and the rights of governing bodies to instill morality onto its citizens. Another aspect that makes V For Vendetta a superior superhero film is the excellence in the acting: future Academy Award-winning actress Portman leaves the shadow of Princess Amadala permanently with a stirring performance especially when her head is shaved; Weaving is mysterious yet stunning as the intelligent hero without ever seeing his face, mouth, or eyes; Hurt is fantastic as the crazed despotic leader of the country; and Stephen Rea is also wonderful as a detective who while chasing down V discovers that the stories in the country’s history books are nothing but stories. There are limited fight scenes and explosions, but what ones there are happen to be extra stylish and inspired.

V For Vendetta is an intellectual exercise into a fictional world that really is not too far from our own headlines. This film is not for immature viewers, so people who want nothing but bloodshed and explosions should leave this one alone. For the rest of you, this is the film to put into the DVD or Blu Ray player, invite over a few of your smartest friends, brew a spot of tea, and debate the numerous topics brought up by the fabulous writing. V For Vendetta is one of the greatest socio-political statements of the past dozen years but unfortunately was overlooked by the intellectual set that would see this type of film as nothing more than a guy in tights. V For Vendetta is a fantastic example of how quality writing in a film can make the production virtually timeless. V For Vendetta is highly recommended.

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