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V for Vendetta (2005)

“V for Vendetta” (2005) on IMDb
Rating: 4.5/5
“V for Vendetta” (2005) movie poster

After hearing many positive things about it, this was a movie I had made sure to watch, sooner or later. It would turn out to be the former, since I recently won V for Vendetta on DVD.

It’s worth mentioning here that there is only a 2-disc edition available in Sweden, but the cover is that of the 1-disc edition of V for Vendetta. This is in my opinion a good thing because I think the 1-disc edition cover is better than the 2-disc edition cover. Nevertheless, I use the latter here since that is the edition that matches the one I have content-wise.

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There are a lot of great lines in V for Vendetta. Here I want to include two quotes, one long and one short, both spoken by V himself. Long quote first:

VoilĂ ! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.

The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.

Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.

I really like these lines because of their eloquence, and they may be the best or coolest movie hero introduction ever.

The second quote from the movie that I want to include is this one: People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people. While this quote is shorter than the first one, it is much more powerful because of its relevance in the real world; it is fundamental in a free society.

Interesting fact: John Hurt, who plays Chancellor Adam Sutler in the movie, played the role of Winston Smith in 1984, a man who finds himself in trouble because he challenges the totalitarian government lead by Big Brother, a character reminiscent of Chancellor Sutler. I think that is noteworthy.

The movie has been labeled as left-wing by some, but that was not my impression after seeing it. Mark Jaquith argues compellingly that V for Vendetta is not a left-wing movie but rather a wildly libertarian one.

V for Vendetta combines action-thriller elements and thought-provoking drama, and the result is surprisingly solid. Add to this excellent acting and wonderful cinematography, and we have a very effective movie that works on multiple levels.