V for Vendetta

My friend and I headed down to Camera 12 tonight for V for Vendetta, starring Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, and an all-star cast of British character actors. This movie is based on a graphic novel.

Portman plays Evey Hammond, a television station employee in a post-apocalyptic London, controlled by a fundamentalist totalitarian government. After being rescued by V, the enigmatic rogue hero, Evey is sought by the police as a suspected collaborator in subversive plots against the government.

The story is superbly acted and filmed. The tension is palpable, the government scary, and the plot twists somewhat unexpected. The story examines how easy it is to take freedom for granted, and how easily duped the government-informed masses were. As far as comic book movies go, this one ranks in quality right next to Sin City.

My grade: A-.

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