Genre Guesstimation – V for Vendetta (2005)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Tony of Coog’s Reviews and it is Political Thrillers.

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Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Political Thrillers.

“…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

Number of Times Seen – 2 (31 Jul 2006 and 4 Jun 2018)

Brief Synopsis – In a Utopian British society set in the near future, a freedom fighter tries to ignite a rebellion among the people against the government by using the image of Guy Fawkes.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw not long after it came out and it always stuck in the back of my mind that I needed to see it again to appreciate it even more.

Well, it only took 12 years, but I finally sa wit again and liked it more this time around.

The premise itself is a very interesting one that works almost the entire time.

The problem is that there is the feeling that something is constantly missing and that doesn’t go away throughout the entire film.

The cats of the film is great and the standout is Natalie Portman despite the fact that her British accent is pretty poorly done here.

Her character lets us understand how universal the theme of the story really can be.

The action scenes are done really well depsite being very graphic.

The film gives us a great example of the importance of speaking out when society and the government seem to have gone the wrong direction and it also shows how one voice can try to make a difference even when they seem to be quite alone in their mission especially when that person believes that everything that is happening goes completely against whatever we are meant to believe.

They do an amazing job giving us subtle hints as to what kind of corrupt world they are depicted via articles, TV shows and ads and posters on the walls which is a nice touch.

Bottom Line – Very interesting premise that works more than it doesn’t but something still feels missing the entire time. The cast is great and even Portman sporting a British accent helps show how universal such a theme can be.  The theme of trying to overthrow a corrupt government or society is shown really well and they allow us to see how it might be possible for one lone person to help ignite a rebellion against a system that goes against everything man has been meant to believe.  Loved the way that they subtly let us understand more and more about the corrupt society via articles, TV shows and even posters on the walls. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The domino scene, where V tips over black and red dominoes to form a giant letter V, involved twenty-two thousand dominoes. It took four professional domino assemblers two hundred hours to set it up. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes quite close.  This is a fun film that brings about some interesting themes but something is missing that would make it even better.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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5 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – V for Vendetta (2005)

  1. This is one of my favorite films of all time. I make a point to watch it once a year, at least on November 5th. I love everything about this film, especially its message and themes and Hugo weaving is phenomenal as V. Great review, Rob.

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