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V for Vendetta
     

V for Vendetta

4.7 114
Director: James McTeigue, Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2013
UPC:
0883929331802
Original Release:
2006
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
2:12:00

Special Features

In-movie experience!; Director's notebook: reimagining a cult classic for the 21st century: director James McTeague (joined by stars Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving and other creative team members) traces in detail the V saga from graphic novel origin through the movie's execution; ; Plus other special features: ; 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; Satruday 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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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
"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
'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 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
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 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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Guest More than 1 year ago
V for Vendetta is an intriguing, thought provoking movie. Who is this man behind the mask? What will he do about this fascist regime? Do they fall in love? Who is the hero? Question after question, only, you decide the answer. V for Vendetta is a movie based from a 1980’s comic book series written by Alan Moore sharing the same name. The series was written in the United Kingdom. V for Vendetta extracts many of its ideas from the historic Gun Powder Plot. The movie’s plot shares dates, alliterations and character similarities with its historic precedent. V for Vendetta pits two ideals, anarchy and fascism. The movie takes place in Great Britain shortly after a nuclear war has destroyed all but a few countries. Those that were not destroyed face chaos, poverty and doom. Great Britain survives under a dictatorship. In the movie, V, played by Hugo Weaving, embodies the ideals of anarchy and fights for freedom. V narrowly escapes death from a lab where he is a test subject. But he does not escape unharmed. V takes refuge from his scars behind a black trench coat, white gloves and a mask. His mask is modeled after Guy Fawkes, a 17th century revolutionist in England who was hanged for his role in the Gun Powder Plot. Behind the mask, V saves citizens from the tyranny of the “fingermen,” those who carry out the demands of the ruler. In his heroism he indebts a young woman, Evey, played by Natalie Portman. Little does he know, she would return the favor and indebt him. Evey and V build a relationship, a mysterious love that derives from the hard lessons learned for a free country. Only the country is not free yet. Freedom is a choice that V gives to Evey. An entire country prepares to liberate themselves of malicious rule and unjust demise. V for Vendetta evokes a sense of patriotism. This movie is great for those who do not appreciate democracy. Though it is only a movie, it once started as an ideal and is now a reality. “Remember, remember the fifth of November.”
Guest More than 1 year ago
REMEMBER, REMEMBER, TO WATCH "V FOR VENDETTA" TWICE TO REALLY ENJOY THE FILM. THE REASON FOR MY COMMENT IS THAT THE DIALOGUE IN THE FILM COMES AT THE VIEWER FASTER THAN A SUBTITLED FRENCH MOVIE. WEAVING'S CHARACTER AT TIMES SEEMS TO JUST SPIT OUT RHETORICAL LINES THAT ANY COLLEGE PROFESSOR WOULD MURDER WITH RED PAINT. ALTHOUGH THE STORY DRAGS AND THE FILM'S ANTI-HERO HAS QUESTIONABLE ACTIONS, THE FILM IS PRETTY GOOD. THE ACTION DELIVERS WHAT THE FILM MAKES CORNEY--IN A WAY. I FEEL THE MOVIE WASN'T CUT FOR TIMING AND DRAMATIC EFFECT IN SOME AREAS, BUT THE REST OF THE FILM IS AWESOME. THE FILM IS A GOOD SPIN ON 1984: EVEN BETTER, JOHN HURT PLAYS THE BIG BROTHER FIGURE JUXTAPOSE HIS ROLE FROM THE FILM VERSION OF 1984. SHIBBY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of the graphic novel version of V for Vendetta, I would have to honestly say I was slightly disappointed at the outcome of the movie. The movie in just itself is great! I reccommend it to everyone who will enjoy some dark humour, action, and a wee bit of gore. Keep in mind, this movie and comic book was not created for the dim witted. It's a highly intelligent movie that will leave you thinking hours after it's over. And if you feel the urge to buy a mask and wear a black cape, that's completely normal.
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
I truly loved this movie. Even if you are not a fan of the comic movie translations this movie will truly get you thinking. I totally disagree with a previous reviewer that this film is anti Christian. I am a Christian and I feel as though the movie actually focused how fortunate we are to have free will. The Godly gift of free will and what can happen if someone tries to take it away by force. At first I didn't even want to give this movie a go. I thought oh, . . great another comic book movie adaptation and quite frankly I've been nothing but dissappointed in all the others I have seen but this movie I thought was excellent. The script was great. The special effects and fight scenes were thrilling. I did not like one thing, . . as much as I find Natalie Portman to be a wonderful actress her accent was NOT convincing and quite annoying. Otherwise watch this movie it will truly move you.
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
V for Vendetta was incredibly moving! I could honestly not have asked for a better movie! In my opinion, it was practically perfect!
XXmrsblackXX More than 1 year ago
This is a spellbounding action movie, with flickers in romance and a brilliant plot. It really changes the way you see things, and is a beautiful movie you will remember for the rest of your life. It helped me see things a lot differently, strongly, passionately, and for the better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw the commercials for this movie, I thought it would justbe another fighting movie with relatively no plot. But on the news, I saw a short preview of the movie, and, learning that it was about a villain terrorist who is actually the hero, I became interested. After seeing it, I fell in love with the story. It is written so well, that, even though I didn't understand everything the first time I saw it, I was convinced that it was a great enough movie to watch it over consecutively. JACKPOT!! I understood the entire plot, and love the themes it displays. I love the fact that the movie portrays the government as corrupt and cruel, inspires the little people, and even defends the homosexual community!! This is one of the rare movies that has really touched me emotionally, such as the movie Cast Away. I love this movie and think that anyone and everyone should watch this movie. P.S. For those of you who plan to watch this for the first time, after the first viewing, take the time to watch it a second time, possibly with subtitles, to fully understand the dialogue (rapid British accented English) and the entire plot.
bookluverKW More than 1 year ago
This movie is great. I was hooked by the first 5 minutes and it is very suspenseful and great through the rest of the movie. A little parts are violent while the others are scary yet still funny. This is one of my favorite movies EVER.