Film Review: V for Vendetta
“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” Based on the comics of the same name, V for Vendetta is a mind-opening feature film from 2005 that alters our perception towards how much freedom we, as citizens, really hold. The masterpiece itself serves as a refreshing cinematic experience amongst the repetitive action films made today that serve no meaning and hold no passion. James McTeigue was the hard-working man who directed this visionary piece, proving that he can allow the focus of the film to override its intense action scenes unlike with his previous work on the Matrix trilogy. Our protagonist is V (Hugo Weaving), a man out to seek vengeance after escaping a concentration camp, run by the British government, where he was tortured and tested on. Instead of hiding behind a mask, V becomes the Guy Fawkes mask he constantly wears throughout the film, allowing it to emphasize the meaning of his vendetta. I believe that the mask represents, to him, the leadership that is involved in trying to stand up against a corrupt government. Hugo Weaving was exceptional as the masked anarchist who reeled me in during his introductory-greeting at the beginning of the film. Composed of the most diverse array of V-words I have ever heard, he made some of the hardest lines look like absolute simplicity. Weaving injects a surprising amount of character, charisma and intelligence into his role whilst breathing behind a mask for the entire 2 hours of the visual story. Accompanying V is Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman), a bright woman who planned to live her life under the radar before she met the disguised freedom fighter. Natalie Portman performs well as Evey, showing great dedication when it came to having her head shaved bald during an emotional, heart-wrenching scene. Every aspect of the film-production was based around the portrayal of the government being the bad guys and, terrorist or...
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