V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

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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 figure…  See 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.
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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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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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V for Vendetta 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 114 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing. Simply amazing. The cast is absolutely perfect, right on target. Hugo Weaving is spectacular. His performance as the masked V is truly heart-wrenching. The best part is that you never actually get to see him, his face, or know who he truly is. This movie is thought-provoking, a cinematic masterpiece, and a fabulous plot that combines all elements: action, adventure, politics, romance, and even a little bit of humor when it gets too intense. A must-see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Remember remember the Fifth of November/ Gunpowder treason and plot~~~" "V" For Vendetta" is a powerful tale set in an Orwellian society. A futuristic Guy Fawkes with a personal vendetta against Britain's despotic government leaders teaches a young woman that "God is in the rain" while Scotland Yard's chief (Stephen Rea)begins to question the methods the prime minister uses to impose his personal policies & philosophies on the country. An excellent cast lead by Hugo Weaving as "V" & Natalie Portman as "Evey" brings this chilling futuristic tale to life. "V" proves that freedom of thought and individual liberty are powerful concepts when a nation's citizens are allowed to practice them. This is a movie that everyone should see and from which lessons can be learned.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was spellbounding. You watch and can not believe what you are seeing. It is just awesome. To think that an actor can do and say so much with a mask on. No facial expressions at all. The book is also fantastic if you read it before watching you will want to reread it. If you never read it go get the book and read it also. They are both thought provoking stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"V for Vendetta" is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. I strongly feel that everyone should have it in their personal DVD library! This movie exposes the massive deception that is regularly carried out on a daily basis by our mis-Leaders. When a tiny group of elites own the media (like in the US), it's becomes relatively easy to manipulate an entire population. Besides the action and great plot, this is one of the many things that I enjoyed about this movie. Eventhough it's classified as fiction, one can plainly see the parrallel to what has happened to our freedom in the past 5 years. The message is clear, "People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people!" - Dr. Matthew J. Loop (Author of "Cracking the Cancer Code")
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is very well done - intelligent and intricate. Pay attention, and watch it twice if you need to in order to take in all of the very relevant detail. Events in this film, especially those that lead to a totalitarian government in Britian, parallel those of recent years in the USA. Maybe, for some in the US, it will be a wake up call.
Guest More than 1 year ago
V for Vendetta is a facinating futuristic gothic world run by unfair government. His efforts assist the people to their feet. With the combined efforts of himself and the people he fights the unjust government. "the people shouldnt be affraid of the government, it is the government that should be affraid of the people."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This film is well written, acted & fun to watch. Just hope they don't do a sequel & ruin it.
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A Modern Legend This is the story of rebellion against an Oppressive Government, a Fascist Nation. A society that could imprison anyone at will, could execute anyone, could black list any form of literature, art. music, or fiction. A Regime where all forms of Religion, Entertainment, and employment were only tools of that totalitarian system. A society where Choice was outlawed. V was experimented on by that government. They used him as a human lab rat. Their experiments took his memories, and enhanced his body. V's revolution was decade worth of labor, and planning. He studied his enemies, learned their psychological weaknesses, and the flaws in the political system they created. V was a hero fighting the monstrous society that created him. Critics of this movie call it Anti-Christian. What they failed to realize was the Regime in the movie had corrupted the Christian Church. All that remained of Christianity, in the that Regime, was a political puppet. A farce of the Church, a Mockery of all that Christ ever was. The Regime even turned the Cross into a sign of Political Dominance, instead of a sign of Christ's Sacrifice. Those who see Anti-Christianity in this movie are right. V was fighting against that Anti-Christianity.
InnocenceDiesAbbyDosent More than 1 year ago
This is my 4th favorite movie of all time. (1.Scream 2.The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo 3.Dark Shadows 4.V For Vendetta 5.The Shining) I watch this movie weekly (as i do with all my top 5) because i love it so much. I always cry at the end of the movie because it is so beautiful. Even if you havent seen it buy it anyways it is so freaking amazing!
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Fear is used in politics for control. It brings people together. Look what happened after 911. We would have followed Bush to the moon if that was his plan, we agreed with everything he did, until time moved forward and the fear slowly deteriated, we collectivly become more rational. We saw that Iraq was a mistake. And now Bush has the lowest approval rating in his tenure. What would have happened if we had another terrist attack? Would the Bush adminstration have more power? Would the price of oil go over $200 a barrell?
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought this movie was one of a kind i really enjoyed it many people close minded people think oh this is just a ploy and stuff but before the movie was a COMIC BOOK, you think that this was based off of 9/11 noo its been out for years before that sad day. it always erks me when people only see things one sidedly the movie is based off from a comic book so stop whining about how it is a bad political statement and how its just bad commentary of the us government. its a movie get over it :P
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a masterpiece. For everyone who liked the matrix you will like this. This movie only has one down side. For everyone who isnt very smart you probably wont understand some of the political parodies they portray. Any ways 5 stars excellent movie.
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V for Vendetta was incredibly moving! I could honestly not have asked for a better movie! In my opinion, it was practically perfect!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this movie, i fell in love with it it makes so much sense and when its over your kind of like wow i wish there was more
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie should be praised like the political masterpiece that it is. It's a great insight of the political rigtwing, theocracy control that is happening in this country, even though is based in England. It even potrays the same scare tactics that the Bush regime is using when keeping the mass population under control, to how the media is a lapdog to the White House, to even showing secret prisons just like Guantanamo. It should go down as one of the greatest calls to people powered movement of this generation
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed with "V for Vendetta" when I first saw it in the theater. Even though Weaving, as V, never takes off the mask throughout the film you still sense every emotion coming from his character. He can also make sword-fighting a suit of armor look like he's dueling another (live) person - an astounding feat of acting brilliance on both accounts. Portman is also very good as Evey, though in some ways her role was limited in that she acts scared through a lot of the film. Her accent may be subpar, but considering how well the rest of the movie was made it's a small price to pay for picking the right actress for the role, which she is. This movie should make everyone, in America or Britain or elsewhere, think about their government and question those in authority - an especially poignant message considering current events of the world right now. There is also great art direction for the film, and the special effects aren't over the top, except maybe at the end when everything goes out with a bang (pun intended). Definitely recommended for anyone over the age of 15.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probably the greatest movie ever, or at least one of them. It's a "thinking" film, one that really influences you in some way. And to add to that, the acting is superb, especially Hugo Weaving's as "V". He positively steals the movie. It's a must see if you like powerful films.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie first in the theatre and I fell inlove with the thoughts it rose in your mind. The movie was very Orwellian but it hit very close to home. I like the way Weaving was able to portry his emotion through the mask. Awesome movie