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V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta
  • 2005
  • US/Germany
  • 132 min
  • 15

Messy storytelling and muddled action in which a near-future Britain is subjugated by an Orwellian fascist government. However, grimy backstreets are intercut with images of shiny new London, and the political thrust is lost. Utterly incoherent and virtually unwatchable.

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Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, V for Vendetta takes place in an alternate vision of Britain in which a corrupt and abusive totalitarian government has risen to power. During a threatening run in with the secret police, an unassuming young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) is rescued by a vigilante named V (Hugo Weaving) – a caped figure both articulate and skilled in combat. V embodies the principles of rebellion from an authoritarian state, donning a mask of vilified would-be terrorist of British history Guy Fawkes and leading a revolution sparked by assassination and destruction. Evey becomes his unlikely ally, newly aware of the cruelty of her own society and her role in it.

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