Friday, July 5, 2013

V for Vendetta

It's unsettling, isn't it? Witnessing the society you're a part of is crumbling before your eyes. Even more so when you can't do anything about it.

And this is before the actions of V (Hugo Weaving) begin in James McTeigue's V for Vendetta. The city of London is under the Orwellian siege of Alan Sutler (John Hurt). Whilst planning his mission, V attracts the interest of Evey (Natalie Portman) and garners a new accomplice as a result.

I haven't read Alan Moore's graphic novel (and I know Moore wasn't very fond of the adaptation), but I particularly liked the film. It certainly displays its dystopian influences very well (the most telling influence is 1984) and the fact reality is slowly becoming like that is...unnerving.

Honestly, though. We are part of a world now dominated by revolts and protests. And considering V for Vendetta is set in the not very distant future (it's set during the 2020s), who knows which country will slowly become like the London caught in Sutler's control? If you ask me, it'll be pretty horrifying if that does happen.

Anyway, back to the review. I really liked V for Vendetta, probably more than most people but no matter. Along with Portman and Weaving, there's also a small handful of (British) actors in this that made me smile from their presence. The fact this could be viewed as a depiction of our decaying society says a lot, doesn't it?

My Rating: ****1/2

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