V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

DVD - 2006 | Two-disc special ed., widescreen version.
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SAPL454
Aug 21, 2019

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A fast paced thriller with dire consequences!

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One of the better movies-based-on-a-comic out there. While it eschews the usual schtick of Marvel and DC, V for Vendetta still manages to impress with its dialogue and visuals, despite the smaller working budget for most of the movie. Some people may take issue with Portman's acting, and honestly I understand it, but she manages to shine a little brighter here than in her other films. Weaving is brilliant as always and even Stephen Fry gave more than a few chuckles.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 10, 2018

This action/thriller film is about a post-war era where London has become overrun by a fascist government leading to the uprising of a vigilante who goes by “V” and destructively fights back. After rescuing a young woman, V learns that he is not alone in this fight. Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving deliver stellar performances in this fascinating dystopian film. Some scenes and moments seemed sloppy and rushed, but overall the movie was well put together with an interesting and new concept. I would rate this movie 3.5/5 stars and recommend it to those who enjoy action and mystery. @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 07, 2018

V for Vendetta holds a high place in my heart. With wonderful acting from both Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving, the movie becomes a great retelling of the original comic book by Alan Moore. The movie has incredible dialogue and action sequences, and the story line itself will make you question a lot about your own government. It is extremely emotional and you will form an intense attachment to the characters as you watch. The movie never gets old to watch either, as it has a plethora of exciting scenes. The only take away is the way it differs from the original comic. It tones down the themes of anarchism by a lot, most likely to make the movie appeal to a larger audience, as some people may have been unnecessarily offended by the themes. 4/5 - @ecozones of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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ManMachine
Apr 20, 2018

C'mon. There's gotta be 2 versions of this film out there. Right? There's the dismal version that I saw. And then there's that other "Wow!" version that so many others have raved about.

I mean, this film having 2 distinctly different versions is the only acceptable reason that I can think of to explain why there's such a divided opinion over this picture. Some people (like me) saw the crap version - While others enjoyed the thrill of viewing the dynamite version. What else could it be?

Anyways - The minute that "V" boasted to Evey that his all-time fave flick was, in fact, "The Count of Monte Cristo", I knew that "V For Vendetta" was gonna suck, big time. (And, I was right) I guess that "V" loved this film with all of his heart 'cause its title character probably reminded him so much of his own deluded image of himself. Like, why else would someone love such a crap movie as "The Count of Monte Cristo"?

I'd say that we (the audience) were all colossally cheated by the director/screenwriters of this disappointing film. For example - The fact that not even once were we ever given even a single glimpse of "V's" face is evidence of that. But, then again, maybe it was all just a cost-saving measure to try to save the producer a few bucks by cutting back on such things as expensive "burn-victim" make-up effects, or something like that.

All in all - "V For Vendetta" was 132 minutes of excruciatingly long and dragged out garbage.

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zschryburt
Feb 10, 2018

Ideas are bulletproof...

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reginator_22
Jan 26, 2018

Solid movie!

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elizabeth88_1
Apr 04, 2017

I think it is a brilliant indictment of how willing people are to give up their freedom for so-called "security"! Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving do a great job, as do John Hurt and Stephen Fry! Also, I love the 1812 overture, so an added bonus!

VaughanPLAlexK Dec 13, 2016

In a post-war London, a fascist government rules, hiding truths in order to control and oppress its people. The population is lied to and abused, promised security, but not freedom. That is, until V. Disguised in a mask of Guy Fawkes, a man who attempted to blow up the houses of Parliament in 1605, V is a vigilante. He uses unconventional and terrorist-like tactics to fight and rebel against this government. He works quietly, he works quickly, and he works alone–until he saves the life of a young woman named Evey, who becomes his ally in this fight

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XGirl
Sep 08, 2016

C'mon, darlings - There's gotta be 2 versions of this film. Right? There's the pathetically dismal version that I saw. And then there's that other "wow!" version that so many others have raved about.

I mean, this film having 2 distinctly different versions is the only acceptable reason that I can think of to explain why there's such a divided opinion over this picture. Some people (like me) saw the crap version - While others enjoyed the thrill of viewing the dynamite version. What else could it be?

Anyway - I wasn't in the least bit impressed with Natalie Portman as Evey. The minute that she had her head shaved I suspected that she was desperately wanting us to perceive her as being some sort of modern-day "Joan of Arc", or something to that effect.

But - Let's face it, darlings - Natalie Portman is a mediocre actress, at best. Why-oh-why are so many people making such a fuss over this woman's so-called "talents" as an actress? Why?

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uugene
Feb 23, 2016

Well paced; really builds. I think I'd like to blow something up.

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n8mills
Feb 12, 2016

Entertaining and pertinent

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scottfreeisme
Jan 16, 2016

A great film. Politically and socially relevant. A film with depth and meaning. Not for those looking for a brainless action extravaganza.

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Mr_Static
Dec 02, 2015

I am a anonymous fan so I watched this but just saying.... IT IS AMAZING GREAT MOVIE AND ALL.

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erfannet
Sep 23, 2015

My favorite quote : "Then you have no fear anymore. You're completely free. "

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Library_Witch
Aug 04, 2015

We make a tradition of watching this movie every November 5th. Each time, it makes us look at ourselves and moral grey areas. Another cult-classic

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oluja
Apr 26, 2015

Quite of a childish movie... black VS white, good VS evil... very predictable a Hollywood wanna-be European film... Portman acting was poor, really poor.

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Question
Jan 27, 2015

Turned it off at the v-words part, like 5 minutes at the beginning, and did not even bother to fast-forward it. Would give 0 star. The original "V" is about how people can "willingly" give up their minds and freedom to "any ruling power", including totalitarianism, without feeling anything about it.

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skywalker13
Aug 29, 2014

I really enjoyed this movie but something about it just didn't seem to capture the essence of the original comic book. That said, the interpretation was not bad, and the cast was excellent.

This is a strange movie, but in a good way. It is entertaining and I enjoyed it.

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liya6
Jan 30, 2014

Excellent movie! Based on George Orwell's Nighteen Eighty-Four, this movie reveals the totalitarian society that many countries are now in.

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aishakhan
Oct 10, 2013

"People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Government should be afraid of their people." - V for Vendetta. James Mcteigue's V for Vendetta should not be called anything less than a masterpiece. Starring Hugo Weaving as the anonymous vendetta character "V" and Natalie Portman as his ally "Evey", V for Vendetta is one of the most inspirational films I've seen in a long time. The story takes place in a futuristic dystopian and fascist society in England. As the people of England seem somewhat accepting of the dictatorship in their country, they stay quiet out of fear. One man however; V decides to take it upon himself to rid England of this oppressive society and vows to give the people of England their freedoms back, by using terrorist tactics to do so. He then meets his soon to be ally and lover; Evey Hammond, whom he saves from governmental secret police. I have no other words for this film other than WOW. That was my initial reaction to when I viewed this film for the first time. This film is absolutely brilliant. James Mcteigue who also assisted in directing the matrix trilogy does a phenomenal job directing V for Vendetta. He does a great job in reminding us that as a society we can do anything and if we band together as a community and if we put our minds into fighting for something there is nothing we can't accomplish. "A building is a symbol, as is the act of destroying it. Symbols are given power by people. Alone a symbol is meaningless, but with enough people, blowing up a building can change the world." - V for Vendetta, (V talking about blowing up parliament). The main character, V is seen throughout the movie wearing a Guy Fawkes mask which gives you an idea of the inspiration behind his character. The movie itself is loosely based off of the historical events of Guy Fawkes, except in the film Guy Fawkes is a symbol of freedom and positivity as opposed to negativity and treason. Both Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman do a phenomenal job acting in this film. Many characters in this film go through some sort of character development. Themes of Oppression, Freedom, fascism...etc play major roles in the film and James Mcteigue incorporates them in a very unique way. This movie is one of my absolute favourite movies of all time, I would rate it an 11/10 - an Absolute Must Watch.

aaa5756 Aug 06, 2012

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

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DellaV
Aug 06, 2012

This movie had a slow start, but the ending actually brought tears to my eyes, when very few movies ever have. I enjoyed it.

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owellington
Apr 22, 2012

I enjoyed the film unto a point. Where it started to loose it's appeal was when people of religious belief were portrayed as intolerant fascist zealots, out to secure their regime and uphold their views through persecution and execution. Their message is if you're not with us, you're against us. They also abuse their power to take advantage of poor inocent women out after curfew.

The movie may hold sway with people who sympathise with alternative lifestyles, but it ways in dangerously close to the intolerance portrayed by the religious fanatics. To the point where if you're not with us then you're against us. So I ask who is the more tolenrant? Where do we draw the line and who decides where that line is drawn? The small special interest group with a loud voice or the rest of the populace who know and recognise what's going on?


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