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V For Vendetta

V for Vendetta: Good acting, good action and just plain good. 


Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, Vendetta is set in a not too distant future in which England has become a fascist state. A shadowy figure, known only as V, wages war on the government with the intent to spark a revolution, or so it would appear. Before long, it becomes clear that he has vengeance on his mind. 


 

James Mc Teigue makes his directorial debut, after working as First Assistant Director on The Matrix trilogy, and does an incredible job bringing the wonderful graphic novel to the big screen. He wisely put together an amazing cast that includes Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Stephen Rea and Stephen Fry. It is the fine acting of this
group helps V step above much of the Sci-fi dreck that we have seen in the past. They help the characters seem a little more real and not just archetypes.
John Hurt is fantastic as Adam Sutler, the head of the government. He is everything you could want in a villain, I found myself wanting to seem him taken out almost before he uttered his first words. It was as though he was taking leadership classes from Hitler himself.

Hugo Weaving is excellent. Despite being covered by a mask the entire film, he manages to convey emotions and get across the nuances of the character. His use of vocal inflections as well as body language is fantastic. V, despite being ruthless and living up to the label of terrorist, is a sympathetic character whose motivations are understandable. You may find yourself feeling a bit uneasy for cheering for him at times.

I have been a fan of Natalie Portman since seeing her in Leon (aka The Professional) at the age of 13. But after seeing her flail about in junk like Anywhere but Here, Where the Heart is and the Star Wars trilogy, I had almost forgotten she could act. It is nice to see her picking roles that clearly interest her enough to bring out the full range of her acting abilities. I hope she stays on this course for years tocome.

V for Vendetta is a fun, stylish action flick full of power and emotion. While it is true that the filmmakers have taken some liberties with the source material, they stay true to the overall feel of the comic and convey the underlying message quite well. Whether or not you have read the comic, you should enjoy this motion picture.

Though I must mention that towards the end of the movie, the comic book nerd, (you know the type: 40ish, pudgy, looks like he still lives with mom and dad) broke into tears. I held up, managing not only to not cry, but also refraining from openly making fun of him. Of course I am mentioning now so maybe I am not as strong as I would like to think.

Jeremy Lynch

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