Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, American science fiction

V for Vendetta (2005, United States)

2005United States

Categories: totalitarian statesuperheroes science fictionalternate reality2000s sci-fi

V for Vendetta  2005 scifi movie

Running time: 127 minutes

Language: English

In year 2027 the whole world seems to be on a verge of disaster - in United States new civil war has torn the country apart, in Europe St. Mary’s Virus have attacked, while in United Kingdom a Norsefire Party took over the power. Their leader, High Chancellor Adam Sutler, uses the whole arsenal of fascist methods to rules the country - from mind-washing propaganda to secret police and sending unwanted people into concentration camps, where they mysteriously disappear. In this reality young woman Evey Hammond, employee of the government propaganda TV station, is attacked on the street just after the curfew. The attackers are members of the secret police, Fingermen, but in last moment Evey is saved by a man wearing Guy Fawkes mask, who identifies himself as V. He takes Evey to the roof of one of the buildings so she can observe what he prepared for this special night, the Guy Fawkes Night. To the Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture he prepared the fireworks display with grand finale - blowing up the Old Bailey courthouse. Next day the government propaganda claims that the explosion of Old Bailey was just planned demolition that when a little too far. But soon after the TV station is taken over by V, who live on air claims that in exactly one year, on the Guy Fawkes Night, he will blow up the Parliament.

Sci-fi movie based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd that was the criticism of Thatcher era in Great Britain. The movie version was pushed into future and was adapted to fit with more modern audience, which meant toning down some of the elements. Overall message was kept close to original concept, but at the same time the rebel elements are more philosophical. Nevertheless V for Vendetta made a huge impact on viewers and building the modern times concept of fight against the system (like the Anonymous hackers using Guy Fawkes masks). Film itself was made with enough skill to stick into one’s mind.

Our rating

8.4 / 10

Overall rating

9 / 10

Reality complexity

4 / 5


4 / 5

Story complexity

4 / 5

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V for Vendetta

Creators of V for Vendetta

James McTeigue films


David Lloyd films


Lana Wachowski films


Lilly Wachowski films


Cast of V for Vendetta

Natalie Portman films
as Evey Hammond

Hugo Weaving films
as V

Stephen Rea films
as Finch

Stephen Fry films
as Gordon Deitrich

John John Hurt films
as Chancellor Adam Sutler

Tim Pigott-Smith films
as Creedy

Rupert Graves films
as Dominic

Roger Allam films
as Lewis Prothero

Ben Miles films
as Dascomb

Eddie Marsan films
as Etheridge

Natasha Wightman films
as Valerie

V for Vendetta trivia

James Purefoy

James Purefoy played V during first few weeks of filming, but later resigned, supposedly because he would have to play the whole thing wearing mask (thus no one would know it is him). Some of the scenes with Purefoy were used in the film, while Hugo Weaving gave his voice to V in the post-production.

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V for Vendetta quotes

Evey Hammond: Who are you?
V: Who? Who is but the form following the function of what, and what I am is a man in a mask.
Evey Hammond: Well I can see that.
V: Of course you can. I’m not questioning your powers of observation, I’m merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.

Dominic: What do you think will happen?
Finch: What usually happens when people without guns stand up to people with guns.

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