The 2006 dystopian film V For Vendetta is a thrilling and captivating commentary on themes such as freedom, justice, and the power of individuality. Adapted from the 1982 graphic novel by Alan Moore, the film follows Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman) as she navigates through a futuristic London where an oppressive government reigns.
I’ll be honest: when I saw the trailer for “V for Vendetta” in the theatre, I wasn’t even remotely interested in paying to see that guy with the funny mask on his face.
It seemed like it would be another one of those simple movies made from a “comic” that isn’t very well known (at least not to me) that is showing up in theatres these days. But now that I’ve seen it, I judged it wrong and needed to be fairer to the writer and director.
It was surprising to follow the story and see how it kept resembling things happening today in a country not too far away and in neighborhoods that are not too strange.
In the movie, England is ruled by a gang of extremists who believe the only reason to live is power and impose their worldview on everyone. Outside the borders, there is a constant war, and inside, democracy is over. However, fear is still alive. People have lost the ability to question reality and realize the terrible effects of living under such a decadent regime.
It is not based on reason or justice. Is the model that “fascists” preach, where obedience and a “clock-like” functioning of society for the benefit of a few “chosen ones” are needed.
“V” is a figure that looks like a mix of revenge and a revolutionary mind. But all of a sudden, there is a problem that threatens the “status quo.” Without knowing it, they have made their own finisher.
The movie makes it appear that this character only wants vengeance, which is unfortunate for the writer, but it does show tyranny being challenged by a single questioner, a single doubt about what has been happening to that society, and his threat to spread those doubts when the time is right—the fifth of November.
There is also a human side to “V.” In the movie, he meets the girl just as she is about to be raped by a group of secret agents of the “fascist” regime who have caught her walking at the wrong times. You don’t even own your time as long as the “England Prevails” preachers are in charge.
She gets away safely thanks to “V,” only to be welcomed into the world of those who will change it. She will be “V’s” guest and prisoner until she finally learns that there is nothing to fear but fear itself.
In the end, there seems to be a split between “V’s” desire for vengeance and his growing desire for revolution. Eventually, it becomes clear that “V” and the rest of the old system must perish, but not before leaving behind one last gift and perhaps a lesson for those willing to learn it.
Passions are personal and can be potent forces, but revolutions can’t be started by one or two people. Instead, revolutions are formed by the conscience and will of the people.
In conclusion, V for Vendetta is an action-packed movie with a powerful message. The film has something to say about government control, oppression, and the power of revolution. Without a doubt, V for Vendetta is one of the best films of all time, thanks to its outstanding cast, fascinating story, and profound concepts. Its entertaining story and enlightening message will stick with viewers long after the credits have rolled.