HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Settlers
Boy Behind the Door, The
Swords of the Space Ark
I Still See You
Most Beautiful Boy in the World, The
Luz: The Flower of Evil
Human Voice, The
Guns Akimbo
Being a Human Person
Giants and Toys
Millionaires Express
Bringing Up Baby
World to Come, The
Air Conditioner
Fear and Loathing in Aspen
Kandisha
Riders of Justice
Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, The
For Those Who Think Young
Justice League: War
Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, The
Plurality
Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness
Night of the Sharks
Werewolves Within
Honeymoon
King and Four Queens, The
Stray Dolls
Diana's Wedding
Deerskin
Toll, The
Two of Us
Nowhere Special
Rainbow Jacket, The
Crazy Samurai: 400 vs 1
First Cow
Undiscovered Tomb
Being Frank
Occupation: Rainfall
Jeanette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc
   
 
Newest Articles
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
Freewheelin' - Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends on Digital
Never Sleep: The Night of the Hunter on Blu-ray
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
   
 
  V for Vendetta Remember, Remember
Year: 2006
Director: James McTeigue
Stars: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, John Hurt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Rupert Graves, Roger Allam, Ben Miles, Sinéad Cusack, Natasha Wightman, John Standing, Eddie Marsan, Clive Ashbourne, Emma Field-Rayner, Ian Burfield, Mark Phoenix
Genre: Action, Science FictionBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 4 votes)
Review: The time is the near future and the world has sunk into chaos, with only the United Kingdom of Great Britain holding fast against the tide of anarchy and violence outside its shores. However, Britain has problems of its own, because its capital, London, exists in a quarantine zone due to a deadly virus, and its inhabitants live under the iron grip of the totalitarian government, complete with night time curfews and any rebellious citizens spirited away under cover of darkness to concentration camps. In the midst of this is Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman), a researcher for the single television network BTN, and tonight she has accepted an invitation to see her boss, Gordon Deitrich (Stephen Fry), so she hurries through the streets, trying to avoid being seen... unsuccessfully.

Comic book writer Alan Moore's V for Vendetta was one of his more celebrated works, and film directors Larry Wachowski and Andy Wachowski were big fans, so much so that they adapted the work for the big screen. It seems an unlikely project for an American studio in the 2000s, as it does celebrate a terrorist as its hero (here not quite as ambiguous as in the source material), and even relates with understanding, even acceptance, the whys and wherefores of the justification of such acts of violence. A dissatisfied Moore had by this time refused to let his name be added to the credits of films of his work, so only the series' artist David Lloyd is mentioned in the titles and the reaction to V was mixed.

Such weighty subject matter, concerning as it does freedom opposed with fascism, is given an appropriately sombre treatment, but this film becomes something of a chore to sit through. As in the original, it bases its rebellion on the attempt by Guy Fawkes to destroy the Houses of Parliament in 1605, the foiling of which is celebrated in Britain to this day, although the event actually has its roots in a pagan bonfire festival stretching back centuries. The innovation is that V (Hugo Weaving in a Fawkes mask he never removes) is not raising echoes of the execution of the conspirators, but championing their efforts as perfectly reasonable.

We first meet V when he saves Evey from the secret police, or Fingermen, who stop her on her way to Deitrich's house and threaten to arrest her and worse when the hero intervenes and kills her assailants, leaving her bewildered, especially when he invites her to accompany him to witness the destruction of the Old Bailey. When she goes to work the next day, V shows up again and hijacks the airwaves, telling the populace that he plans to overthrow the government. The police arrive swiftly, but V confuses them and manages to escape, taking Evey with him when not only does she knock out a lawman pointing a gun at him, but when it becomes clear she is being sought in connection with his activities.

Like any good superhero, V has his own base of command, which he has filled with banned artefacts. Evey is willing to go along with him, but is eyeing the exit, not really trusting him as his plan to kill off a group of high-ranking people who have made him, and the country, suffer is put into operation. This would have been better handled with a lighter touch as the misery of the situation translates into a crushing earnestness that drains the life out of the story. They keep fairly close to Moore and Lloyd's storyline and rendering, at least the main twist is still there, but action is thin on the ground and the oppression against the characters doesn't enjoy a sophisticated refutation, more of a vague "people have the power" message backed up with the Houses of Parliament going "boom". It's a nice try, but fairly deadening, rather than inspiring, to watch and simply by wondering what happens next after the ending makes the whole thing fall apart. Music by Dario Marianelli.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 4394 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
   

 

Last Updated: