Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot…
These are the chilling words uttered by Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman) in the opening sequence of V for Vendetta, of course making a very obvious reference to Guy Fawkes and his attempt to blow up the houses of parliament on the 5th of November 1605. Creators of The Matrix Lana (formerly Andy) and Larry Wachowski, wrote and produced this slick film based on a comic book written by a British man named Alan Moore and illustrated mostly by David Lloyd, published between 1982 and 1988. British comic Stephen Fry stars alongside Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving, which provides a top quality cast list of fine actors.
Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V for Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked vigilante known only as “V.” Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he detonates two London landmarks and takes over the government-controlled airwaves, urging his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about V’s mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself – and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plot to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption.
When I initially heard of this film I was reluctant to see it, but now I have, I am very pleased with the outcome. V for Vendetta is filmed very well, it’s fast paced tempo and various exciting camera angles allow for very pleasurable viewing, particularly during combat scenes.
Credit has to be given to Natalie Portman who gave an almost Oscar worthy performance as confused, fragile Evey. Her acting was sublime and reflected a dramatical light on what was destined to be a cheap “Zorro” rip-off, and in doing so gave the film a pedestal of superiority in comparison to such films. I really enjoyed V for Vendetta, and recommend this film to anyone who wants to see slick action combined with great drama and a very intriguing plot.