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V for Vendetta

By By: Sunil Noronha
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    Monday, March 27, 2006

    Britain has been overtaken and is being ruled by a dictator-like regime. V, played by Hugo Weaving, is an enemy of the regime in power. The man in power is Chancellor Sutler (John Hurt). He takes over the reins of power. His offer to the people (to call it a choice would be redundant) was that they give him all their basic rights to freedom and he gives them protection of the advanced weapons type. He is fighting against the regime. His credits in this fight are a couple of blasts and a sabotage of the radio services urging the people of the nation to rise and claim their freedom. While he goes about his "rebellious" ways, the government has clamped down a curfew on the city- a curfew, which Evey (played by Natalie Portman) is not aware of. The government say that anyone who breaks this rule will be prosecuted.

    Evey is caught in breach of the rule when Mr. V, otherwise known as William Rookwood, saves her from the police arm of the law who are more interested in her than in the law. He sees her through the blast of the two buildings after which he takes her to his 

    hiding place, otherwise called the Shadow Gallery. He tells her his tale-how he came to be who he is and convinces her to join his side in his fight to free the nation from the dictatorship that has taken over it. His character is double sided. It has one side of a crusader and another of a dark, disturbed man-disturbed by his story.

    Knowing that there is pal of V in Evey, they get a hold of Evey and try to get a clue to his whereabouts. Evey doesn't budge though. They try to get her to blurt out his hiding place but she doesn't budge. They even shave her bald trying to.

    The V role in the film is inspired by Guy Fawkes who bombed Parliament on the fifth of November1905. V in the movie is the modern Guy Fawkes and wears a Guy Fawkes mask to cover the mutilation that he has suffered from the hands of the government in power.

    The movie seems to be tried to be made like another Daredevil, Batman and the other movies telling tales of super heroes. One of the most uplifting things about the movie is Natalie Portmans performance. She has got into the lines and has come out with them written all over her performance in the film. It has been directed by James McTeigue. This is his debut as a director. It is based on a comic book of the same name published in 1988 by Alan moore and David Lloyd.

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