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V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

2006
Drama
Sci-fi
2h 12m
Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V for Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man known only as "V." Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. [RELEASED IN 2005]
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V for Vendetta

2006
Drama
Sci-fi
2h 12m
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Rated 27 Apr 2008
60
31st
V: The Vigilante Geek. He loves his thesaurus and plays with dominoes, all while plotting schemes for taking down 'The Man' in his basement. A visually stylish film that is thematically as subtle as a sledgehammer to the face (Totalitarian regimes is bad, mkay). I wish he had been labelled X, that would have put a stop to his voracious verbosity. Lastly there is an ending that prompts a veritable volcano of vulgar viscosity (i.e. vomit). V end.
Rated 10 Jan 2010
47
43rd
Visually very vivacious, vexingly vacant vigilantism vituperates, validating vapidly vociferous veep-voting volk. Voila! Veebaggers.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
2
33rd
It's like it desperately wants to hit you hard, right in your gut, but all you see are pale, skinny arms weakly slapping at your face.
Rated 04 Nov 2008
99
99th
Nothing is perfect, but this one comes stunningly near. I've seen V over forty times now, and I still discover new details every time. Weaving is nothing short of awesome, giving a masked man so many emotions. The monologues are amazing, some images are incredibly powerful. And then there are a few scenes which are bound to give you goosebumps over and over again. Dominoes, anyone?
Rated 20 Oct 2010
8
1st
A volumous vat of very vile vomit. Vacuous violence and vapid villainry. Visionless, vulgar and void of virtue. Voila! Vacant victims voice their valueless veneration. Vexing.
Rated 29 Jun 2016
82
51st
A movie carefully engineered to make all the angsty, RATM-listening, pseudo-anarchist teenagers cream their jeans. It eschews the nuance and depth of the graphic novel in favor of a simplistic and pandering "FIGHT THE POWER, Y'ALL!" message. But hey, good on Natalie Portman for shaving her head.
Rated 13 Jan 2015
5
0th
almost watchable until it really began to grate.Left wing neo marxist propaganda,delivered via a sledgehammer.The kind of film a Guardian reader would dream up after too much cheese at bedtime.It's never a left wing dictatorship in these dystopian futures is it?That's because the left are cuddly and loveable I suppose.Throughout history when they've rounded people up and killed them it's probably been an honest mistake.& the references to poor old Islam being wrongfully oppressed?Get to fuck
Rated 05 Apr 2021
88
79th
Alan Moore's refusal to participate in the production means we miss out on important questions--like what constitutes a terrorist or a freedom fighter. But the adaptation makes it closer to The Wachowski's brand, as we experience interconnectedness while a totalitarian regime oppresses several groups based on their social identity. It moves well, has great action, and spawned countless fanboy imitations via its endlessly quotable hero. Easily some of the best worldbuilding cinema has ever done.
Rated 18 Sep 2008
63
36th
Decent action movie, but it feels like it wants to be so much more and just can't.
Rated 27 Oct 2010
8
84th
(2nd watch on blu-ray) Decidedly better than I remembered, this somewhat flamboyant (anti)hero dystopian vision bleeds comic book ink in the best way possible. Utilizing great iconography (the symbols of V, government etc.; cape, swords and Big Brother-esque screens), taut action scenes and quotable dialogue referencing everything from (paraphrased) political statements to Shakespeare, McTigue sticks as close to the source material as Snyder did in "Watchmen", crafting a movie almost as good.
Rated 11 May 2011
59
43rd
As time goes on, I've just come to like this movie less and less. Maybe it's the dependency on slow-motion. Maybe it's just that Natalie Portman takes a cinematic shit on-screen every chance she gets. This film is just so full of itself, and it's become irritating.
Rated 10 Sep 2008
49
23rd
Vendetta has its heart in the right place, but its execution is so schizophrenic, the film ends up paling in comparison to the book it is based on. The action sequence at the end is pornographic compared to the rest of the film; the 30-minute incarceration scene is morally (and narratively) problematic; and timely political allegory dates an otherwise transcendent text.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
67
48th
While I agree with the points the movie makes I find that it portrays the government in such light that no one in the right mind would not rebel against it, it just seemed like such an obvious choice rather than one that requires moral debate. Still the action is impressive and Hugo Weaving does an amazing just acting behind a mask.
Rated 24 Feb 2020
25
13th
'Freedom! Forever!'- the poster of this film. the return of needs repressed from that which would constrain it, the superego, is here supposedly overcome; a Dom named 'V' and his bdsm-chick - he tortures her into oblivion because 'he knew' it would prove a point - here revel in their protest as subjects to the domain of the father, which in their schizoid-paranoid position is felt as restrictive - and overthrow it for supposed freedom, for 'Utopia', except it is itself also totalitarian.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
40
9th
Could've been a great film if the Wachowski's hadn't handled the material so crudely. A lumpen and ugly diatribe against totalitarianism, this is an artless and obvious movie.
Rated 15 Jul 2011
80
61st
I guess you can't really discuss this film without dealing with the political content. The film seems to be advocating the controversial view of anti-dystopianism. We're talking about a film that dares to suggest that it's bad when a government kills its own citizens. Flippancy aside, V for Vendetta is entirely unsubtle but still quite compelling. And frankly you don't really need to think about the political content, since the film is watchable enough to watch just for entertainment's sake.
Rated 12 Oct 2009
85
92nd
The graphic novel adaptation that all others should be compared with. The Wachowskis have done the right thing in rewriting this into a tightly structured and boiled down version, that suits the format. The Thatcher- era theme of the novel fits well into the Bush-era of the first years of the new millennium, and even though its heavy on moral/almost preachy it still manages to be moving and feel personal.
Rated 27 Aug 2009
92
40th
This movie seemed to illustrate a bizarre view of a revolution, followed by a counterrevolution. V for Vendetta shows a deep and philosphical sense of human natures need for individuality. The use of the mask as a symbol for freedom and human individuality was a nice touch because the people of the city were able to unify behind it and stand up against their oppresser.
Rated 17 May 2012
5
44th
Watched this when I was a teenager originally and it now really seems like a film for teens. The movie is just so in love with itself that it becomes nauseating. The message isn't bad, juvenile, but not bad, but they just repeat it so many times that it becomes tedious. Has some pretty badass action scenes and the actual character of V is pretty damn suave but it's just not as good as it was when i was 17.
Rated 20 Feb 2007
70
51st
Visually captivating with ideas you'll be surprised to see in a hollywood film.
Rated 22 May 2007
50
1st
cringeworthy horrible shitshitshitshit
Rated 14 Aug 2007
25
21st
The title character was the only thing I enjoyed about this movie. The plot feels forced along and the "social commentary" made me want to vomit. When it started talking about how the government was persecuting gays, I actually found myself wondering if I was still watching the same movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
98th
I never knew there were so many words that started with V. I haven't stopped peppering my speech with alliteration since I watched this (except for now, as I write this review).
Rated 05 Apr 2009
25
4th
Ham-fisted and preposterous as political commentary, gimmicky and shallow as a piece of filmmaking. All-around dreadful.
Rated 13 Jun 2012
30
16th
A friend who reads 'graphic novels' (comics) tells me the film watered down the politics.
Rated 27 Jul 2008
90
93rd
I don't think I'd call Evey mild-mannered. BUT. People came into this movie I think expecting an action film. Boy, don't you feel dumb? Not a lot of people seem to like the contemporization of the graphic novel, but you need to do that sometimes irregardless of the popularity of that decision. No, it's not the same as the graphic novel. It doesn't have to be. The film has a great message -- "People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people."
Rated 18 May 2009
40
5th
Not at all what it appeared to be. Liberation by torture for the sake of lesbian love! Viva la revolution of uniformity. Make it stop. Please.
Rated 23 Feb 2007
100
99th
Very cool, very jaw-dropping, very involving, and very important. The ideals this film projects upon us is not "liberal trash" but rather mindsets we must hold dear to. And these ideals are presented to us through wonderful dialogue creating a compelling story. Here and there you have some visually stunning action sequences, but it is the story that is important here. And the themes behind it.
Rated 02 Jan 2013
90
95th
I'm finding the more Alan Moore doesn't like a movie, the more I do.
Rated 11 Sep 2017
70
45th
I watched this because I had friends who told me it didn't have a political or religious agenda. Surprise, it did. And while V wasn't painted as a completely righteous fella - with his revenge-killings and all - in this movie terrorists are heroes and religious people are sleaze-bags. But the movie was well-done and I'd advocate revolution under that regime too. Plus, the mask was cool. I'd like to see V's super-secret mask-manufacturing factory.
Rated 29 Mar 2008
92
71st
This movie is really, really, well made! And it has an excellent story! It's always refreshing to find movies that make you think!! It's not a happy, fun, movie, or one that you'd want to watch any time. But, it is one that'd definitely worth seeing! And one I'm looking forward to seeing again!
Rated 02 May 2007
50
48th
Actually better than the Alan Moore work: The somewhat unsophisticated political commentary isn't weighed down by the weight of its author's unjustified (in this case, at least) pretensions.
Rated 11 May 2009
2
3rd
The CGI'd up action scenes leave me cold and the politics of the film are juvenile.
Rated 03 Jul 2008
70
35th
Very mediocre. V as a character is what a 15 year old honors student might imagine as a hero. Plus, the movie has no real historical backing, Guy Fawkes Day is about a traitor, not a hero.
Rated 25 Oct 2011
80
88th
"Remember, remember the fifth of november..." Wonderful adaptation from the Wachowski Bros. Ehm... Siblings, sorry! A great twist having John Hurt playing Big Brother whom he himself fights in the adaptation of Orwell's 1984...
Rated 29 May 2020
70
53rd
It's long, Portman is unconvincingly English, and V is forgiven far too easily (and the romance sucks), but Weaving's voice is delicious, anarchy is excellent, the lesbian representation is a delightful surprise, and some of the visuals are great (I loved the knife trails). Certainly a mixed bag, but for the most part compelling.
Rated 07 Aug 2007
20
9th
B for Boring
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
48th
Too much of the philosophy-bashing, but not bad. Little things like JVC televisions and Dell monitors in this strange future society were jarring. V's opening speech was great, and the action was nice.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
99
95th
Good, thought provoking action movie
Rated 20 Sep 2010
81
94th
Great action thriller set in the near future in a Britain grasped in a totalitarian state. One of my favorite movies of the 2000's mostly because I didn't disect it too much and just enjoyed the ride. Portman is actually a flaw here and seems out of place.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
86th
I thought this was a very solid film. The acting was good and the story was good, if not a bit exaggerated. But that's the point. I really do love Hugo Weaving's voice.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
19th
Revolution is a tricky business. I suppose when you portray the government as the worst thing since the nazis it makes it easier, but far less interesting.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
48
16th
Weaving is great, but Moore's great book has shaved and siphoned into a weak anti-Bush polemic for the chubby, white and rich Che t-shirt generation. As drama it's mediocre, but as a political argument it's laughable.
Rated 11 Jul 2009
80
65th
Hugo Weaving's portrayal of the theatrical and verbose V is nothing short of perfect, and his relationship with Evey is every bit as good due to a strong performance by Natalie Portman. This is also a film that tends to beat you over the head with its not-so-enlightening political message, but if you can see it for what it really is - a fun action-drama - you'll have a great time throughout.
Rated 20 Feb 2008
92
97th
I really liked this movie. V for Very Good. That mask still scares me a bit. I love the music in this during one of the early scenes. If you have not seen this go see it. If you care what I say.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
73
32nd
Bombastic comic adaptation that seems to be aimed straight at the hear of the self-congratulatory liberal community. Some wonderful performances by a slew of seasoned character actors, and the film itself remains interesting throughout.
Rated 16 Feb 2011
90
97th
Mind blowing. Classical music, exploding Big Ben and Guy Fawkes. Oh, and Natalie Portman.
Rated 25 Apr 2020
60
42nd
Not quite sure why it was rated so highly on IMDb, although sharing screen writers with The Matrix (who also directed The Matrix) is an interested coincidence. There’s certainly some good ideas, and the action is decent despite feeling like it was a decade older than it actually was. But the tone and pacing kept me from truly getting engrossed in the film, feeling much longer than it actually was. The final act was nice though, making it a reasonable viewing experience.
Rated 27 Jun 2009
93
91st
Very Nice!
Rated 24 Jan 2007
100
99th
If the scale went above 100 it would have gotten a higher rating. Beautiful social commentary on humanity post apocolyptica of what is considered modern civilization.
Rated 08 Nov 2017
75
67th
Eh it was a decent movie
Rated 14 Aug 2007
7
84th
I liked it more on my second viewing than the first. It has little enough action and enough talk that some of the breakouts into action almost feel awkward, and the political stuff is a bit hamfisted, but just taken as a noirish sci-fi thriller, it's really enjoyable.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
97th
Absolutely Bloody Fantastic.
Rated 19 Jul 2009
95
95th
A brilliant retelling of the graphic novel, V helps spread tolerance and knowledge. If you were smart enough to see it as more than an action movie you might have noticed it was trying to help you think for yourself. Though Natalie's accent is shoddy the acting is pretty solid all around and the stories being told are beautiful and moving. It doesn't hurt that the action is pretty kick-ass as well!
Rated 26 Jul 2008
90
91st
Even though it changes a bit from the graphic novel, this movie never failed to involve me in the story. And given the plot of it, I would say it did its job. But I'm also biased, because the subject matter is something I can relate to (no I don't blow things up).
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
60th
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Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
99th
The voice of Hugo Weaving is wonderful and the movie is very interesting! I like it!
Rated 26 Sep 2010
35
19th
Revolutionary politics as marketing niche. Seemingly addressed to a particular adolescent audience that may be more prepared than this viewer to overlook the poor script, artless direction and surprisingly bland (if nonetheless heavy-handed) preachiness.
Rated 27 Mar 2007
45
31st
Masterpiece of Moore turned into a crippled, visually stimulating extravaganza. Makeup and iconography was there. If only if...
Rated 20 Aug 2008
96
97th
Could've been nothing more than Batman Vs. 1984. Fortunately it's more than faithful 2 the comic's spirit, if not exact details. By blending the fiction w/ current events, V's actions take on an immediacy& pretty goddamn dangerous subtext for a H'wood film. Sticking 2 Alan Moore's vision, V is allowed 2 b as genuinely crazy as he wants 2 b, even if that means engaging in actions no "hero" would even consider. Also arguably Portman's best performance ever given the extremes she's required to play
Rated 14 Aug 2007
86
83rd
T for terrific!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
71st
Great movie... Good acting, scenography, costumes, even music. It's not faithful adaptation of grafic novel by Alan Moore (and he didn't want his name on 'cause of that) but nevertheless it's still good. Please more comic adaptations like this in the future, no spider, super, bat man... The only bad thing is some useless dialogs between V and Ivy. I'd cut them.
Rated 28 Apr 2007
80
87th
V has to be one of the most intriguing characters in recent cinema. A deep and complex film, which increasingly gains in subtle meaning as it advances. A great cast also adds to the atmosphere. The only criticism I have is the ending, which was rather weak in comparison to the rest of the film. They could possibly have remained closer to the comic with Evey assuming the identity of V after his death. There are areas for improvement, but it's still pretty great.
Rated 26 Jun 2010
62
14th
a poor adaptation of orwell's 1984. it seemed ok, until the happy ending screwed up all possible political meaning with its hollywoodian "natalie portman's OK" feel-good.
Rated 30 Aug 2009
90
94th
Not sure if it's because I'm in love with Natalie Portman or the straight up anarchy, but I fucking love this.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
74th
A very satisfying adaption of Alan Moore's graphic novel. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would!
Rated 11 Apr 2016
84
77th
Rewatched it and figured it deserved a new review and score. It's not as great as I remember and I get why some people would not like it. It's cheesy and hamfisted in how it delivers its message. That said, at times it is quite poignant (probably more because of Moore than the Wachowski's). I particularly like the early monologue about words and ideas and their repression. I find something quite emotional there on a very base level. It's not the masterpiece of my teenage years, but it's good.
Rated 22 Apr 2009
95
99th
One of the best, if not the most faithful to its source, comic book movies to date.
Rated 23 Jan 2008
96
91st
The best comic book adaptation movie ever. Instead of all action and shallow characters, this one is the perfect mix of introspection, plot, complex protagonists, action, and a nice dose of history.
Rated 03 Mar 2008
95
81st
A very thoughtful, powerful film. Intense and intelligent. Not one of the fluffy-and-fun, watch-it-all-the-time films, but definitely worth watching!
Rated 27 Jul 2007
2
36th
Easy on the eye and works well. Revolution aspect is childish, deep as the monologue and catch phrases of "V" and quite on the cliche-side of the road.
Rated 24 Mar 2013
90
69th
intelligent
Rated 26 Jun 2008
89
94th
Much like Equilibrium, V for Vendetta is a stylish depiction of a struggle against totalitarian power. Take or leave what you will from the interesting political questions it raises, this film has a good script, quality performances from Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving, and terrific action sequences.
Rated 03 Mar 2010
70
56th
Possesses about a tenth of the substance of the Alan Moore comic it's based on but it manages to do fairly well as a straight up action film. The political subtext would only serve as a profound lesson to elementary school kids as it's rather shallow in presentation.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
40th
Action sequence, speech, action sequence, speech. Despite some really bizarre turns toward the operatic, I managed to be entertained enough that my inner nitpicker was pretty quiet.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
94th
Masterful, Magnificent and all around glorious. I love this film.
Rated 25 Jan 2009
40
8th
rip off of 1984
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
80th
It's incredibly entertaining and well-made. Just get past the fact that it's nothing like the graphic novel, and it's one helluva ride.
Rated 13 Nov 2014
70
48th
Some pretty decent if muddled action-suspense-fireworks and surprisingly it manages to maintain at least some level of radical edge.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
87
93rd
Weaving puts in a pretty astonishing performance considering he spends this movie behind a mask. Like the graphic novel, this film is thought provoking and entertaining, but also full of action and wonderful imagery. The ending is a fitting climax to this movie, even if it may not be to the taste of big fans of the novel. Portman is also very good and it's great to see Stephen Fry on the big screen. There is something almost intoxicating about this film! I love watching it again and again!
Rated 17 May 2008
79
70th
pretty facinating yarn and well executed in writing and direction, i could have done with a little character revamping though.
Rated 13 Jan 2008
100
97th
Hugo Weaving brings on the badass in this dystopian not-so-distant future. Ultimately a bit more shallow than the graphic novel, but truly badass anyways.
Rated 30 Jul 2012
5
98th
Action/thriller/revenge epic, highly re-watchable even though they subbed ? for a Bush allegory and made V cis.
Rated 18 Aug 2009
75
53rd
The politically charged message and weak third act make this a great film instead of an excellent one.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
94
90th
Some editing sloppiness, but a very stirring film with a very charismatic lead.
Rated 06 Apr 2009
95
99th
My english is not too good to write the coment that i want to do - Quiero comentar esta pelicula pero es mucho pa escribirlo en ingles. Toda la idea, la historia de un presente alternativo en un solo pais y que sea liderado por una persona con toda la imagen parecida a los nazis es muy buena...Muy buena actuacion de la Portman y McTeigue la dirigio muy bien, un final excelente y lo mejor es que nunca se sabe bien quien es. "Bajo esta mascara hay un ideal, y un ideal es a prueba de balas"
Rated 26 Aug 2008
64
28th
Reasonably entertaining but also pretty heavy handed.
Rated 28 Sep 2008
75
83rd
A footnote; the parody in the movie (Gordon's work) is much similar to "The Great Dictator". With it's script and wonderful acting of Natalie Portman (before and after the prison) i think it's a classic.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
20th
Very Very Very pretentious V V V
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
57th
Great film that might have been better if it was closer to the source material.
Rated 03 Jan 2011
90
88th
loved it. great idea, and well done.
Rated 29 Mar 2008
96
96th
While it differs from the comic in many respects, the film itself stands up as an amazingly well done movie that has few faults to be found, when not compared to the source material. Hugo Weaving is amazing, as is Stephen Rea, and while Natalie Portman was the weakest part of the film, the rest of the film more than compensated for her.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
98
99th
"People should not fear their governments, governments should fear their people." This is one of the greatest movies ever, I might even build a shrine to it.
Rated 22 Jul 2020
50
35th
The political conversations were pretty boring and there really wasn't that much action. The investigation subplot was more interesting than the main plot. It wasn't bad, but it was very disappointing.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
93rd
Arguably, the best film of 2006
Rated 06 Jul 2013
85
92nd
Not impressed first time round, I was expecting the Wachowskis to deliver another Matrix. Second viewing (2013) made me appreciate it more. Its political message is unsubtle but not heavy-handed and both Weaving and Portman are superb (Fry too). It has flaws - the Wachowski's fondness of thesaurus-destroying dialogue full of literary allusions and somewhat uneven pacing. But few films spawn a subculture where the message and visuals live beyond the film. Worth watching for that alone.
Rated 10 Mar 2009
78
68th
The first half of this movie is some of the best I've seen in this style of movie but goes downhill fast
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
58th
If you read the GN then you know what to expect. The pacing was off but it rocked. R-O-C-Ked!
Rated 02 Mar 2008
90
88th
Sure, it's yet another comic book adaption, but it's done very well. Hugo Weaving is excellent as the title character.
Rated 17 Sep 2009
95
96th
Amazingly well done movie, staying surprisingly close to the original graphic novel, and succeeds in bringing up many of the same ideas, if couched in a much more positive light. All the parts are played brilliantly, especially Natalie Portman's rendition of Evie.

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