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V FOR VENDETTA

Director James McTeigue
Year 2005
Starring Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman and Rupert Graves
Rating R
Run Time 132min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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"Remember, remember, the fifth of November..."

V FOR VENDETTA combines larger than life action with a real, timely political message. Written by the Wachowskis and directed by James McTeigue, the second unit director of the MATRIX trilogy, V FOR VENDETTA adapts Alan Moore and David Lloyd's groundbreaking comic book series of the same name.

Evey (Natalie Portman) is a production assistant living in a post-slightly-less-than-apocalyptic world in which the British government has installed totalitarian rule over its people. After being attacked and nearly raped by government officials, Evey is saved by V (Hugo Weaving), a theatrically garbed terrorist. And V is a terrorist, let us not forget. He uses bombings and murder to sell his message to a complacent society of couch potatoes

Similar to 1984 or FAHRENHEIT 451, the story has all the trappings of a solid dystopian future: evil government, complacent public and a hero willing to risk it all for a single message of hope. While the comic book series was originally published between 1982 and 1985, the filmmakers have updated the story for today's political climate. Themes such as intolerance, invasion of privacy and repression of minority thought are all timeless, but specific political hot topics such as Islam, gay marriage and Avian flu find their way into the film and resonate with today's audiences.

The film's message is not of anarchy, but instead focuses on the sheer power of an idea. A man can be killed, but an idea never dies. All the terrible things V does are done with the sole intention of waking up the public and reminding it of the power of ideas. Teetering on moral ambiguity, the movie remains a tough sell, but the message is just as important now as it was in 1982.

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