A vigilante enlists the help of a young woman to overthrow the
tyrannical British government and restore England to the people.
V for Vendetta (2005)
Directed by James McTeigue
Written by Lilly Wachowski and Lana Wachowski
Starring Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, John Hurt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Rupert Graves, Roger Allam
Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
V for Vendetta is an exciting adaptation of Alan Moore's classic graphic novel that does justice to its source material and creates a modern classic in the process. It's morbidly inspirational, reminding people everywhere that they shouldn't stand idly by while tyrannical governments control their every move. The character of V (Hugo Weaving) stands for the will of the people and his plot to shatter the British rule is nothing short of brilliant.
While V is the title character, this film is really about the character of Evey Hammond, played magnificently by Natalie Portman. She is saved by V at the beginning of the film and they both become obsessed with one another. V welcomes her into his mysterious life and teaches her how to turn away from fear and embrace her destiny. Hugo Weaving does a tremendous job as the voice of V, giving the character believable gravitas and strength without which he never would have been as memorable.
This film draws its inspiration from the execution of Guy Fawkes in 1605, who was part of a plot to destroy Parliament on the fifth of November. While V's essential plan is the same, the message is slightly different. V for Vendetta stands as one of the best revolution films ever made, as it uses poignant parallels from world history to craft a realistic dystopian future that can only be stopped by a total uprising. The film, as I said, is inspirational in this respect. Once the national government collapses and totalitarian rule begins, we all now know what to do.