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V for Vendetta (2005)

Thriller | 132 minutes
3,75 5.251 votes

Genre: Thriller / Action

Duration: 132 minuten

Country: United States / United Kingdom / Germany

Directed by: James McTeigue

Stars: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving and Stephen Rea

IMDb score: 8,2 (1.178.342)

Releasedate: 23 February 2006

V for Vendetta plot

"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."

At the end of the 2020s, Britain has become a totalitarian state. Against this backdrop, young woman Evey (Natalie Portman) is saved from death by a masked man, better known as 'V' (Hugo Weaving). V is unparalleled and charismatic but above all a master of trickery and deceit and highly skilled in martial arts. He unleashes a revolution when he blows up two important government buildings and takes over the government-controlled radio and TV station. V urges his civilian friends to rise up against the tyranny and oppression of the inhumane reign of terror.

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Gordon Deitrich

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avatar van Insignificance


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Interesting base with totalitarian Britain and her barking dictator. The film also has some sharp points, but for something like this to sting or bloom, you have to let it breathe. One, or at least this blockbuster appears to be less suitable for that. Too often too high a gear. If you don't get drowsy, you will be drowsy.

In particular, the wisdom of V soon comes out of the throat. That mask doesn't really help either and that is all in all problematic for the pivot of the film. Portman initially does not impress much with her naivety and English accent. Then when the film takes its time, it always does so around these two. With the water and fire scenes as the low point.

The first time I've had some fun must have been around the bishop, though that's one of the many examples where things are very easily magnified and presented. In the end, the foundation turns out to be little more than a playing field for just another superhero movie. The kiss feels more important than anything else. Neither crack nor taste.

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avatar van Fisico

Fisico (moderator films)

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Let us call it a very topical film, certainly with the recent attacks in Manchester and London. Yesterday's parliamentary elections in London put the picture right. Fortunately, it will not go so fast that a democratic country out of panic fear retrains itself into a fascist police state. However? An interesting fact, of course: we live in a time where fear is increasingly creeping under people's skin. How long before the candles and cuddly toys are no longer sufficient to channel the emotions?

In this respect a wonderful concept of the film in which a fascist police state controls the population and the media, censorship is rampant, free speech is curtailed and everything that was immoral (eg gays) is banned. This is delicately displayed through Deitrich's cellar. The people needed a strong hand to bring order to the chaos and they were willing to give up freedom and privacy to the point that they can no longer go back. V gives the people a new consciousness and new belief in their own abilities. Power to the people! This awareness is also reflected in a hard way to Evey through her captivity. This is where the film falls a bit short for me. I found this wake-up call a bit too quick/simple/easy.

The devilish government was also a tad over the top. It doesn't make much difference if you created a second Hitler and Himmler with those Sutler and Creey (or maybe they already were). The great Larkhill conspiracy is also sick in this same bed.

It is interesting to note that V for Vendetta far exceeds the film and inspires people. Not substantively, but the Guy Fawkes mask today symbolizes all kinds of protests and organized protest groups such as the Occupy movement or the hackers of Anonymous. A film that can (relaunch) this deserves a decent rating! Especially because Portman did well and Hugo Weaving's voice was cast excellently.

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avatar van JeroenFR08


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In the review, what immediately strikes me is the nitpicking in the reviews above me.

Plot holes? I have not discovered them. Okay, V might be a little easy on his feet in the face of the cops who are blasting him with bullets. It is also strange that Rookwood is only recently recognized as a dead man..

That aside. In terms of story that is way ahead of its time, music, action scenes and a very cool V. Just a few elements that give this film the extra compared to an average action film.

To come back to the nitpicking, yes to each his own opinion. But you can also put salt on snails. It is striking how many more recent reviews do this for this V for Vendetta.

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