V for Vendetta

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Released 2006

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Director:
James McTeigue
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
V for Vendetta is a sci-fi thriller based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Lloyd, where a mask wearing freedom fighter V (Hugo Weaving), inspired by the story of Guy Fawkes, rescues Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman). In the dystopian future, Britain has become totalitarian, ruled by the Norsefire regime and their leader High Chancellor Adam Sutler (John Hurt), using heavy surveillance and propaganda. When Evey Hammond is out after curfew, she is arrested by the Finger agents, but rescued by the vigilante known as V, who fights against the oppressive society using terrorist tactics. Evey works with V who is murdering people important to the regime. When Evey is discovered to be helping V and captured, she is tortured to try to find out where V is located. V plans a wave of chaos, and distributes Guy Fawkes masks to the city to inspire resistance. With a great original score by Dario Marianelli, a gripping story and strong acting, V for Vendetta makes sure that we will remember, remember, the 5th of November.moreless

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  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    By the time you've gotten through it, you feel spent, loaded down and more than a little disoriented. Part of the problem is that the movie's big concepts - violence begets violenc...

  • 50

    Variety

    Suffers from many of same problems as last two installments of producers Andy and Larry Wachowski's "Matrix" franchise: indigestible dialogue, pacing difficulties and too much pseu...

  • 40

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The more valid question is how anyone who isn't 14 or under could possibly mistake a corporate bread-and-circus entertainment like this for something subversive. You want radical? ...

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    public figures, callous rebellion, government conspiracies, corruption, corrupt politics