V FOR VENDETTA (2005 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

V for Vendetta—a wannabe action drama—seems to desire to rub elbows with movies like Batman, Hellboy, Avengers, and Guardians of the Galaxy; but falls short because of content and scripting. The metaphors, such as character Guy Fawkes, devout British Catholic from 1606 C.E. placed in the year 2020 C.E. and costumed in a black/white theatre mask, are difficult to interpret. Questions relevant to the storyline are ambiguously hinted at without necessary links to answers, such as the difficulty understanding why ‘V’ is allegedly burned. The main character’s real name or real character is never revealed other than a ridiculous insinuation at the end of the film that ‘V’ is every man. That statement inevitably places the film into the category of a piece of art that haughtily claims every man’s enjoyment while actually appealing solely as a piece of art created for the haute couture clientele. The question of why this particular story is relevant or worth telling seems unclear. Is the story entertaining? No. It misses its purpose. It’s a message movie without a clear message.

Storyline

The United States is trying to recover from its second civil war. Europe is in the middle of battling the deadly St. Mary’s Virus while Britain’s new ruler, High Chancellor Adam Sutler (John Hurt), in Hitler-like, grand plan fashion, assassinates immigrants, political opponents, homosexuals, and atheists. V (Hugo Weaving), badly burned in a hospital fire, puts on a Guy Fawkes mask, calls himself V (for Vendetta), starts blowing up land marks, kills people he believes to be responsible for his condition, enlists the help of British TV network representative, Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman), and this fractured story is on.

Additional Thanks

Really Good Work for Director James McTeigue. Thank you to Executive Producer Ben Waisbren for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Finch (Stephen Rea), Deitrich (Stephen Fry), Creedy (Tim Pigott-Smith), Dominic (Rupert Graves), Lewis Prothero (Roger Allam), Dascomb (Ben Miles), Delia Surridge (Sinéad Cusack), Valerie (Natasha Wrightman), Lilliman (John Standing), and Etheridge (Eddie Marsan).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. If your mind is such that it becomes fixated on a white theatre mask and not much else, this dark action drama may be for you. There are much better films based on DC comics such as Director Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins or The Dark Knight.

Ben Meyers

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