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I finally got around to seeing that movie everyone was going on about a couple years ago (Vendetta)

August 12, 2007

I like movies, but I don’t watch many of them and I’m seldom in a hurry to see them as they come out. Last night we watched V is for Vendetta and in response to all the people who told me to watch it two years ago, yes it was pretty cool.  It takes place in the “near future,” where Agent Smith from those awful “Matrix” movies plays a masked avenger out to topple a brutal totalitarian regime that has taken over England.

The movie exhibits some parallels to our current world – the government manipulating fear of terrorism, a public swayed by government-connected TV commentators.  It is a very good story with good acting and some twists.

My favorite scene was where V enters the bedchamber of one of the scientists who ran the bioweapons lab where he was created.  Best I can remember:

“You’ve come to kill me?”
“Yes.”
“Thank God.”

The movie raises issues of the value of assassination over warfare; in England, V takes out the real bad guys one at a time while the United States endures another agonizing civil war. 

On a scale of bricks to fruit, I’d rate this movie “pretty darn entertaining”.

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  1. August 12, 2007 at 10:35 | #1

    To me I got the sense of the movie is portraying a future of where Bush some how stays in office.  Kinda what it would be like if things just went from bad to extremely worse.

    I have to say though, seeing it 2 years down the road, how did you avoid the spoilers?

  2. August 12, 2007 at 11:48 | #2

    I have to say though, seeing it 2 years down the road, how did you avoid the spoilers?

    I didn’t avoid them.  But it doesn’t impair my enjoyment of a movie for a couple reasons.  First, my memory is bad enough that I’d very likely forget the spoiler even if I saw it.  While recognition is a different pleasure to surprise, it is still a cognitive pleasure.  Second, since few plot lines are really that surprising, I get more enjoyment from the dialog and visual experience than from “OMG, I didn’t see that coming!!!”

    Nothing uncommon about that; I have a hunch most Harry Potter fans could read a brief summary of the plot before plunging into the book, and still enjoy the book immensely.  But surprise is important to enough people that the considerate thing to do would be to avoid giving away spoilers in the first few months following any release.

  3. August 13, 2007 at 08:57 | #3

    I thought the movie was excellent.  One of the things I thought was curious though is the number of folks who felt like they identified with V but couldn’t understand terrorists.  V was clearly a terrorist, with the goal of inspiring terror in the gov’t and shooting for regime change.

  4. August 13, 2007 at 09:14 | #4

    I think that was one idea the director/story writer wanted to get across.  It’s a two-way street.  When terrorism helps us it’s deplorable.  When it’s against us it’s despicable.  It’s an interesting dichotomy…

    Another thing I found interesting with the film was how we never really saw who V was.  We never had a face to identify him.  But he still had lots of character and was interesting to watch.  Personally I think that takes skill as an actor.

  5. August 13, 2007 at 09:36 | #5

    V for Vendetta in 15 Minutes.

    I enjoyed the movie a fair amount—even if spoiled by having read the Alan Moore graphic novel several times.  The biggest flaw is the third act, which is satisfying neither in Moore’s original nor in the (very different) movie.

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