V For Vendetta Essay

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Politicians lie to hide the truth, artists tell lies to reveal it, so proclaims from the creators of The Matrix. Although, parents must be cautious of an exceeding amount of violence from knifing, shootings and torture in the prison cells, since the level of violence was probably the best way to lure as many people into seeing it. But really this isn't an action film or a superhero movie or even really science fiction. V for Vendetta is an idea. A subversive, uncompromising idea. Even though with this high level of violence I liked this dramatic thriller movie as it had an idea which had a lot of thought put in it.V for VendettaV for Vendetta tells the tale of a near future England run by an oppressive government and a man, known only as V (Hugo Weaving), who sets out to destroy it. V is a terrorist, and he achieves his goals by murder, subterfuge, and blowing things up. He bursts onto the scene clad in dark clothes, hidden behind a Guy Fawkes mask, and spouting dialogue so complex and full of rich words that it's nearly another language. While skulking London's deserted, under curfew streets, he rescues a waifish girl accosted by the Fingermen, the government's rape-hungry secret police. The girl is Evey (Natalie Portman) and it's the 5th of November. V takes Evey under his wing, as he embarks upon his strategy of governmental destruction. He's a terrorist, but he's not terrorizing the people. Instead, his goal is to awaken and empower them, while striking fear in the heart of England's totalitarian government.There were two characters that really stood out for me, first of being V. Hugo Weaving is simply incredible as V, acting underneath a stiff, somewhat silly mask that completely covers his face, his eyes, or anything else he might use to convey the slightest emotion. But still somehow, V is the film's most passionate, powerful character. Hugo uses his voice and physicality to convey that which is used to bring an awkward, faceless creation to an electrifying life. V calls himself an idea, and with Weaving playing him he's a very powerful idea which I recognized. A saying I still remember which made me re-think several time-"People should not be afraid of their governments," pronounces V, "governments should be afraid...

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