Friday, November 6, 2009

November 5, 2009

V For Vendetta (2006)
"Remember, remember, the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot." Though this movie is really not about the Gunpowder Plot, there are several mentions of it and the main character V hides his scarred face with a Guy Fawkes mask. This takes place in a nihilistic near-future where bio-warfare has kept London under quarantine through fear of infection and a tyrannical dictatorship. It's a very interesting movie for several reasons - one for Natalie Portman's brilliant performance (especially the scene where she's being tortured and her head is being shaved since she had to do it in one take), two for the numerous "illegal" materials that pop up throughout the film and the little details that they bring (it's showing, not telling - you can say that the government is religiously fanatical, but it's better to show it by killing off a character for owning a Koran), and three for the fact that by the end, you're essentially rooting for a terrorist to blow up Parlaiment (a fact that should be disturbing but, given the context of the character, really isn't).
My Netflix rating: 4 stars

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