08 March 2011

Remember, remember, the fifth of November

V for Vendetta, 2006

London, in the not-so-distant future. A totalitarian regime now rules the country, depriving every citizen of their basic freedoms, setting ridiculous rules, and arraigning those who do not comply. However, revolution is brewing, in the form of a man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask known simply as V (Hugo Weaving).

After Evey (Natalie Portman) is rescued by V from London's secret police, known as the Fingermen, she becomes his accomplice in the fight to gain back the people's stolen freedom. But as V's tactics and ideas become more radical, she begins to wonder if V is a hero or a criminal. 

Based on the graphic novel of the same name, V for Vendetta is one of those movies whose story was, is, and always be relevant. The idea of a government going too far and taking away a person's basic liberties is never far fetched. Just as timeless is the idea of oppressed citizens demanding their rights and making the decision to take them back. And it quite possibly has the best message of any film ever:

People should not fear their government. The government should fear its people

Since I don't believe in spoiling endings of amazing films, I will not give away the ending, except to say that V for Vendetta's ending is definitely one of the best you'll ever see.

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