V for Vendetta

Rated R 132 minutes 2006

In a near future, the United Kingdom is ruled by right-wing religious zealots who wage war on Muslims, homosexuals and anyone who doesn’t buy into their fear mongering about terrorism. Then, a real terrorist arises, the mysterious V, and the country becomes the place the rightists had been warning about. V for Vendetta is strangely timely, though it’s based on a comic book from the early ’80s. Natalie Portman stars as Evey, a young woman who runs afoul of both the government and the terrorist, and has to decide which is worse. Gorgeously realized by first-time director James McTeigue, it’s a complex tale with a lot of unanswered questions, but in spite of its heady topic, it only makes a few forays into Dumbdownville. Supremely entertaining, V for Vendetta is proof that the big-budget blockbuster can respect an audience’s intelligence.

Film Credits

Official Site: vforvendetta.warnerbros.com

Director: James McTeigue

Writer: Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski

Producer: Joel Silver, Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski

Cast: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, John Hurt, Rupert Graves, Stephen Fry, Ben Miles, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sinéad Cusack, Cosima Shaw, Natasha Wightman, Roger Allam, Selina Giles, John Standing and Clive Ashborn


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