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V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

James McTeigue (2005)

127min
15 Certificate
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This adaptation of the graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd marks the full feature debut of James McTeigue, best known for his work as assistant director on the Matrix trilogy. His former collaborators, the Wachowski brothers, also assume writer/producer duties on this thriller set in a near-future totalitarian Britain, where an enigmatically masked vigilante called V (Hugo Weaving) ignites a revolution with the help of unlikely ally Evey (Natalie Portman). It's by turns an audaciously risk-taking and clunky curio, featuring banned Muslim texts, avian flu, Tube-bomb terrorism and pro-gay manifestos, and it has an oddly empty atmosphere reminiscent of TV's The Avengers. Forget Portman's wavering accent, the predictable Brits fleshing out the cast (John Hurt as a Big Brother-style leader, Stephen Fry as a gay TV presenter) and Weaving's unmoving Guy Fawkes mask - McTeigue's preachy, over-serious polemic still delivers a stunningly executed and movingly relevant ending.

Summary

In the totalitarian Britain of the future, a masked anarchist sets out to undermine the rule of the fascist government and exact revenge on his old enemies, finding an unlikely ally in a woman he rescues from the secret police. A detective is assigned to track down the enigmatic fugitive - but begins to question his own motives. Action thriller, adapted by the creators of The Matrix from Alan Moore and David Lloyd's graphic novel. Starring Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea and Stephen Fry.

Cast & Crew

Evey Hammond Natalie Portman
V Hugo Weaving
Chief Inspector Finch Stephen Rea
Chancellor Adam Sutler John Hurt
Deitrich Stephen Fry
Creedy Tim Pigott-Smith
Dominic Rupert Graves
Lewis Prothero Roger Allam
Dascomb Ben Miles
Delia Surridge Sinead Cusack
Director James McTeigue
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Bros Guidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 17 Mar 2006

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