V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

4.7 114
Director: James McTeigue

Cast: James McTeigue, Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea


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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 complete 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 figureSee more details below


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 complete 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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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Despite some heavy-handed allegory, this melding of action film and political thriller succeeds marvelously as rousing entertainment. It begins in an England of the near future, where a dictatorial Grand Chancellor (John Hurt) wields supreme power and enforces his self-made laws with the aid of secret police. He is opposed by a mysterious avenger calling himself "V" (Hugo Weaving). Wrapped in a cloak and wearing a mask of Guy Fawkes -- an Englishman who plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in the early 1600s -- V uses terrorist tactics against the Chancellor, who assigns a dogged police inspector (Stephen Rea) to run the miscreant to ground. Enter Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman), a young woman mistakenly identified as V's accomplice after he rescues her from some government thugs. Much more intricate and character-driven than the average popcorn movie, V for Vendetta boasts a superior script by brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski (of The Matrix fame), based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore. James McTeigue's direction is unusually well modulated; he eschews the overuse of fancy camera moves and showy special effects in favor of shrewd story development. He also shows restraint in the handling of his principal characters. Daring, flamboyant, and stylish, V for Vendetta is the very model of a suspenseful action movie that takes itself seriously without surrendering the obvious entertainment value that makes it so irresistible.
All Movie Guide
V for Vendetta could have easily been a cliché dystopian fantasy set against a stock totalitarian backdrop. It could have also been a heavy-handed warning about the power of fear in the post-9/11 world or, still worse, a wordy treatise on the philosophy of government. In actuality, V for Vendetta manages an almost impossible compromise between these options. Those banking on the Wachowski brothers' trademark balletic action sequences and epic explosions will not be disappointed, while those worried about the brothers' tendency to get lost in their own exposition (a la the Matrix sequels) can have no fear. This movie is fun, enthralling, and thought provoking. Hugo Weaving's meticulous voice acting and deft gesticulations rival the movements of trained dancers as he brings V to life, while Natalie Portman provides a full range of emotion and believable development as we watch her transform from frightened speck within the masses to fully liberated citizen of her own mind. The two find a strong dynamic on which to build their both tangible and symbolic onscreen relationship, and this is the same dynamic that provides the story itself with such a strong backbone. V himself acknowledges that he is a man acting as a symbol, summarized best with V's own exclamation, "Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. There is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof." As a result, the symbolic quality of the story itself is not at all difficult for the audience to understand. By the end of the film, legions of masked and caped citizens descending on the houses of Parliament in improbably perfect formation come off not as unrealistic, but as a beautifully stylized illustration. V for Vendetta succeeds where the Matrix sequels failed because despite its disinclination to answer all of the questions it poses, it holds tight to a focused, cohesive theme. This can be attributed to first-time director James McTeigue's ability to place a coherent story at the heart of his philosophizing. There is no simple answer to what role vengeance should play in a revolution, but V for Vendetta leaves to the audience not only the question but the option of whether or not they want to answer it.

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Warner Home Video
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Director's notebook: Reimagining a cult classic for the 21st century; Designing the near future; Remember, remember: Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder plot; England prevails: V for Vendetta and the new wave in comics; Freedom! Forever!: making V for Vendetta; Saturday Night Live digital short; Cat power montage; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Natalie Portman Evey
Hugo Weaving V,William Rookwood
Stephen Rea Finch
Stephen Fry Deitrich
John Hurt Adam Sutler
Tim Pigott-Smith Creedy
Rupert Graves Dominic
Roger Allam Lewis Prothero
Ben Miles Dascomb
Sinéad Cusack Delia Surridge
Natasha Wightman Valerie
Eddie Marsan Etheridge
Billie Cook Little Glasses Girl
John Standing Lilliman
Clive Ashborn Guy Fawkes
Emma Field Rayner Guy Fawkes Lover
Ian Burfield Tweed Coat Fingerman
Mark Phoenix Willy Fingerman
Alister Mazzotti Baldy Fingerman
Guy Henry Heyer
Cosima Shaw Patricia
Megan Gay BTN News Poppet
Roderick Culver BTN News Poppet
Tara Hacking Vicky
Andy Rashleigh Fred
Chad Stahelski Storm Saxon
Antje Rau Laser Lass
Amelda Brown Wardrobe Mistress
Richard Campbell Security Guard
Patricia Gannon Little Glasses Girl Mum
Mark Longhurst Little Glasses Girl Dad
Simon Holmes Barman
Charles Cork Barfly
John Ringham Old Man
Oliver Bradshaw Old Man
Jack Schouten Middle Class Boy
Caoimhe Murdock Middle Class Sister
Juliet Howland Middle Class Mum
Brin Rosser TV Executive
Raife Patrick Burchell Studio Technician
Joseph Rye Jones
Adrian Finighan News Anchor
Malcolm Sinclair Major Wilson
Bradley Steve Ford Evey's Brother
Madeleine Rakic-Platt Young Evey
Selina Giles Evey's Mother
Carsten Hayes Evey's Father
Derek Hutchinson Bureaucrat
Martin Savage Denis
Grant Burgin Operator
Gregory Donaldson Operator
Imogen Poots Young Valerie
Jason Griffiths Biology Teacher
Laura Greenwood Sarah
Kyra Meyer Christina
Paul Antony-Barber Valerie's Father
Anna Farnworth Valerie's Mother
Mary Stockley Ruth
Simon Newby Tube Station News Poppet
David Merheb Young Man
Daniel Donaldson Young Black Detainee
Dulcie Smart Civil War News Poppet
Ben Posener Water Shortage News Poppet
Ian T. Dickinson Avian Flu News Poppet
Sophia New Quarantine News Poppet
Julie Brown Three Waters News Poppet
Gerard Gilroy Surveillance Man
Eamon Geoghegan Surveillance Man
Matthew Bates Finch's Fedco Man
David Leitch Convenience Store V
Matt Wilkinson Little Glasses Girl Fingerman
Martin McGlade Victoria Station Fingerman
Richard Laing Parliament Lieutenant
Michael Simkins Parliament General
William Tapley Radio Man
Micaela Haslam Singer
Benjamin Wallfisch Conductor

Technical Credits
James McTeigue Director
Jessica Alan Associate Producer
Adrian Biddle Cinematographer
Jan Böhme Stunts
Daniel Bohn Stunts
Annette Borgmann Casting
Michael Bornhütter Stunts
Dietke Brandt Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Bream Art Director
Stuart Clark Stunts
Talila Craig Stunts
David Cronnelly Stunts
Nicolas De Pruyssenaere Stunts
Yvonne Dietzel Stunts
Oliver Fritsche Stunts
Michael Gast Stunts
Eduart Geber Stunts
Sascha Girndt Stunts
Thorsten Gliewe Stunts
Siegfried Gordes Stunts
Martin Göres Stunts
Uwe Gösche Stunts
Wanja Götz Stunts
Matthias Gunther Stunts
Alexander Hardt Stunts
Udo Harnach Stunts
Cyrille Hertel Stunts
Grant Hill Producer
Timo Honsa Stunts
Sarah Horton Art Director
Eunice Huthart Stunts
Rob Inch Stunts
Tomas Jester Stunts
Heiko Kiesow Stunts
Alex Kirby Asst. Director
Adam Kirley Stunts
Sebastian Krawinkel Art Director
Mathis Landwehr Stunts
Stefan Langel Stunts
David Lietch Stunts
Wolfgang Lindner Stunts
Isabell Logen Costumes/Costume Designer
Marcus Loges Production Manager
Mike Luft Stunts
Udo Lüttich Stunts
Roberto Malerba Co-producer
Dario Marianelli Score Composer
Henning Molfenter Co-producer
Alexandra Nazahn Stunts
Terry Needham Asst. Director
Uli Nefzer Special Effects Supervisor
James O'Dee Stunts
Jason Oettle Stunts
Markus Papiernek Stunts
Thorsten Papst Stunts
Owen Paterson Production Designer
Christian Peterson Stunts
Swen Raschka Stunts
Reelsound Sound/Sound Designer
Katja Richter Stunts
Thierry Saelens Stunts
Armin Sauer Stunts
Tom Sayers Sound/Sound Designer
Katrin Schaake Stunts
Petra Schaumann Makeup
Matthias Schendel Stunts
Babette Schimanek Stunts
Bernhard Schirmer Stunts
Karsten Schmidt Stunts
Rene Schobess Stunts
Andreas Schulz Stunts
Sammy Sheldon Costumes/Costume Designer
Joel Silver Producer
Andy Smart Stunts
Mark Southworth Stunts
Wolfgang Stegemann Stunts
Matthew Stirling Stunts
Lucinda Syson Casting
Rocky Taylor Stunts
Steven Thiede Stunts
Andreas Tietz Stunts
Ralph Tillman Stunts
Vladimir Vilanow Stunts
Andy Wachowski Producer,Screenwriter
Larry Wachowski Producer,Screenwriter
Benjamin Waisbren Executive Producer
Martin Walsh Editor
Rainer Werner Stunts
Joerg Widmer Camera Operator
Oliver Wiesner Stunts
Carl L. Woebcken Co-producer,Executive Producer
David Worley Camera Operator

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