[critical] V For Vendetta

London, in the 21st century…

Evey Hammond wants nothing to forget of the man who saved his life and allowed him to dominate his fears the more distant. But there was a time where she wanted to remain anonymous to escape to a secret police omnipotent. Like all his countrymen, too fast subject, it was agreed that his country has lost its soul and is to be given in mass to the tyrant Sutler and his supporters.

One night, while the two “guardians of order” were about to rape her in a deserted street, Evey gave rise to his deliverer. And nothing was more like before.

His learning began a few weeks later under the tutelage of the “V”. Evey does

never got to know his name and his past, would never see his face horribly burned and disfigured, but she would become both his unique disciple, his only friend and the only love of a life without love…

Author’s Note


Release Date : April 19, 2006

Directed by James McTeigue

Film american

With Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea

Duration : 2h10min

Original title : V for Vendetta

Trailer :

Third film adaptation of a graphic novel by Alan Moore after From Hell and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V For Vendetta is the most ambitious, most acclaimed by the aficionados of the author and therefore the most difficult to transpose to the screen. The big machine of hollywood itself would succeed in making feel the audience the complexity and the gravity of the themes explored by Alan Moore, or would she once again serve us a beautiful firecracker wet without any background ? Needless to beat around the bush for fifteen lines, V For Vendetta is a little gem in the darkness, we are proposing a vision of the world pessimistic but oh so real, a vision that is very close to a novel of 1948 today worship, George Orwell’s 1984.

What jumps out to us from the first minutes of the film, it is this freedom of tone we are embarking, a bit like the had already made a Fight Club, in a trip of the psychedelic with a topic yet well-anchored in our news. Of course this freedom of tone was already present in the novel is original but the Wachowski brothers have been very strong in the sense that V For Vendetta fits perfectly in our contemporary era, with the motto first this burning question on the legitimacy of terrorism. Is it legitimate in any occasion ? Is it the only way to confront a totalitarian regime ? A government has all the rights vis-à-vis its citizens ?


V For Vendetta is a little gem in the darkness, we are proposing a vision of the world pessimistic but oh so real.

These questions sulphurous disturbing and are made possible in a film for the wider american public when the director and his entourage are smart enough to translate their words into another culture. Although the film is an attack to be obvious against the Bush administration and a certain idea of America (censorship is pervasive, controlled cultivation, persecution of homosexuals, arrest any person having in his possession a copy of the Koran…), V For Vendetta does not shock and is not a victim of what it denounced in the extent that it takes place in a near future and a neighbour too far away to really worry England.

However, V, this character is as enigmatic as it is mesmerizing, is not idolized, quite the contrary. We quickly understand that V is a victim to become an executioner, a monster fighting a monster, a mistake that is not part of the solution but of the problem. Too rarely the boundary between good and evil was also well exploited in the movies. The totalitarian regime and V are related in a way that is ambiguous, leaving the freedom (a concept very strong in this film as self-reflection) to the viewer to make up his own opinion of the actions of each.

Hit unfortunately not totally certain heaviness of style, V For Vendetta is a work of as much as surprisingly, a work outside of time and space. A very successful, effective, poetic, utopian, and intelligent.

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