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After U [V for Vendetta] (103461)

V for Vendetta was really cool. I’m an action movie lover
and this was pretty sweet for me because it’s not just about mindless killing.
Well it’s still about killing albeit with a purpose.

In the beginning it is emphasized that everything that
happens throughout the film will be based on an idea, that being Guy Fawkes’
idea of revolution. The alternate universe gives us unfamiliarity and therefore
a sense of fear. Imagining a world in which the United States has been reduced
from most powerful nation, to a hodgepodge collection of infighting tribes, who
wouldn’t be scared?

It’s not a new concept though, totalitarianism and
vengeance. Those are all old stuff. What makes the movie great however is the
portrayal of fear, and the things that it can make you do, or not do. People
always talk about martial law and world war 2 and how horrible they were and
all that jazz. Well, this shows us just how crappy it could be. Media monopoly,
conspiracy, abuse of authority, extreme prejudice, police brutality, it’s a
very real threat that nobody wants to see come into fruition.

The problem with this film however, is that they make it too
simple. Unlike Primer (thank God for that), VFV keeps things easy to understand
by portraying the enemy as inherently evil. Sure V resorts to violence in his
methods, but ultimately there is not much conflict in his decisions as the ones
he brings punishment to are also inherently evil, so therefore no difficult moral
restrictions on his part.

Back in high school my English teacher was quite the
fanboy/comic book geek, so he would often give us comics as reading material.
He made us read Watchmen and V for Vendetta among others and it really felt
like déjà vu when I saw the Evey prison scene because even the angles of the
shots were nearly identical to the panels in the comic. Of course, it was much
more striking in the book because Evey was portrayed as literally a walking
skeleton there (think Auschwitz or Gulag) while naturally the Natalie Portman version, though bald, is still
elegantly beautiful. I think this was necessary though because most people
would lose sight of the point and instead focus on her transformation to
ugliness if they had stayed true to the original.

When the scene shifted to the Valerie Page story, I felt
moved. I believe it greatly changed my views on lesbianism and gay
relationships. I used to consider it as just a passing phase much like the
authorities in the story did, and if it wasn’t i just assumed it came about
from some sort of terrible traumatic experience or perhaps festering
insecurity. As a matter of fact, I even have this friend who is more or less an
open lesbian and I kept on telling myself that this was just because she came
from an all girls school and that college will eventually allow her to outgrow
her curiosity (her ex girlfriend did, and they are still friends). Now, I fully
understand her perspective and I am very regretful for the way I had been
thinking.

All in all, VFV is great because it caters to popular demand
(flashy action scenes, dramatic emotional scenes), while at the same time
sending a message across (dangers of politics, importance of freedom). Truly
this is a must watch for anybody who isn’t Hitler.

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Posted by on 29 May 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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V for Vendetta: An Experience

This film has grown to become a popular favorite amongst many filmgoers, especially those of the youth and adolescent audience. With its stylish graphics, a badass protagonist (or perhaps antagonist) and loads of heart-stopping action along with the beautiful Natalie Portman, it’s clear that there is very little to dislike here.

I personally loved the film as well, for all the reasons above and so much more. On the surface, V for Vendetta is an action packed film led by the unrelenting and seemingly invincible character of V. However, digging deeper the film speaks volumes about politics, freedom and revolution. I found that the character of V served in its entirety as a symbol for the power of a single idea. He even mentions it himself during the climax of the film when he is single handedly dismantling Creedy and his bodyguards, “Beneath this mask is an idea… and ideas are bulletproof” he says just before choking Creedy to his death. Indeed, this film has stirred my belief in the power of a single idea and how it can be used to fight against something so strong as politics or the government rule, just as V had done. He led a revolution against the totalitarian government of the United Kingdom and brought it to its knees through sheer willpower. Evey’s monologue in the beginning of the film even blatantly talks about the power of the idea and how it transcends that of human life and existence. In a sense, one’s mortality can be surpassed into the realm of immortality through a single idea.

Other than the in depth personal interpretations that this film brings about in many moviegoers, I enjoyed it for the simple things that it brought on screen, hardcore action in slow motion. It’s no surprise that the most memorable scene for me in this film was the climax between V and Creedy’s bodyguards, that fight was remarkable for it’s effects and gut wrenching action plain and simple. Amazing choreography seemed as if it was an interpretive dance almost, mixed with the blood and gore it was difficult to even blink during this beautiful sequence of shots.

What I also enjoyed about the movie was how it communicated the dystopian atmosphere so fluidly and believably to the audience. It really made me feel worried for what the future has in store for society and where we are headed as a civilization. The doom and gloom like nature of the film bodes well for the plot and characters as it leaves the audience without any hope except for the single source of light in the character of V who fights against this evilness. However, what also makes this character all the more unique is how he may even be seen as an antagonist given the point of view for the individual. It leaves us to question whether he is a sane man seeking vengeance against those who have done him and the people wrong, or if he is just an insane man out of his mind and on a relentless tear of violence and destruction across the country.

Overall, V for Vendetta is an amazing and captivating film that will keep one at the edge of his or her seat. Filled with stylish action along with fantastic cinematography and an eloquent script, this is a movie not to be viewed but experienced.

 
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Posted by on 26 May 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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V for Vendetta: Ideas (070660)

V for Vendetta shows the exploits of the anarchist V and his rebellion against a corrupt government and a severely dystopian society. He could be seen serving justice into his own hands; blowing up the parliament, executing corrupt officials, and cleaning out the bad guys in general. But his actions aren’t without personal motive, though; he wants to exact retribution for having been tested on at a facility decades ago. He meets Evey and implants in her the notion that ideas are bulletproof by putting her in the face of death. (An interesting observation is that Natalie Portman still manages to look ridiculously hot even without a head full of hair.)

There are many reasons why I found the movie to be particularly easy to watch. One reason is that a lot of action takes place on screen. Punches, stabbing, and explosions are aplenty in this movie, and they never fail to entertain and capture the attention of the audience. In addition to this, the casting is also composed of convincing actors; old people who manage to act unlikeable as corrupt politicians, dirty looking thugs who look like rapists, and an adventurous Natalie Portman who was willing to have her head shaved for the movie (it was done in a single take.) However, the main character who plays V is quite limited in terms of facial expressions; he could be seen as smiling all throughout the movie. Kidding aside, it is quite interesting to note that V, the main character of the film, never once shows his face on screen.

However, I did not like how clichéd some of the elements in the movie are. For instance, there was the baptism of fire and water, where scenes from an open armed V and Evey were juxtaposed, showing that they now had a new life and a new cause to fight for. This was quite literal and not at all subtle, and as discussed in class, some people found it funny or otherwise found fault in it. Another scene was during the end of the movie, where a mask wearing crowd of V’s could be seen unmasking themselves one by one, and the faces of both the living and the dead characters throughout the movie could be seen. It means that collectively, they are now fighting for the same cause. Effective as it may be, perhaps it could be said that the scene was overly dramatic and clichéd. (Though sometimes, is it best not to think about these things in detail? Overanalyzing could severely ruin a movie experience after all. When watching something like ‘The Transformers’, you just have to look at the screen, watch the robots transform, and eat your popcorn.)

V for Vendetta is a film with the premise that an idea will live on, as long as someone still believes in it. This actually marks one of the earlier efforts of DC with regard to film adaptations of its comics, and they have succeeded in making it entertaining. Cliched as some parts may be, the movie is quite balanced with a healthy dose of action and drama; I personally would remember the 5th of November.

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Posted by on 25 May 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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V for Vendetta (071289)

The movie V for Vendetta is about a mystery revolutionary man called V. It is set in a dystopian alternative London. The character V is a freedom fighter that saves and in a way brainwashes Evey (Natalie Portman again!). The world of V is one where homosexuals are abducted from their homes by the government for being homosexual, where people are killed for speaking their minds, where others are taken as long as they are not missed. V is one such person. His name V comes from the roman number V found on his door. A survivor of the biological experiments of the governments, he wears a mask that has become the icon his revolution.

The movie brings to life the thoughts of Allan Moore, the writer of the graphic novel V for Vendetta, which the move was based on. The fear of totalitarian military regime is brought to light, as V creates chaos among a world totally controlled by the government. What makes this movie powerful are the images of what the government really does to good people, in order to control and subject them to their ideals. Steve Fry who plays the boss of Natalie Portman is brutally murdered because he is a practicing homosexual who admires art. The lesbians that Evey reads about when she is imprisoned by V show the dregs of mankind, and how low humanity can truly fall. The chiaroscuro effect of the mise-en-scene within the London scenes contrast the brightness of that one scene which shows the happiness of the two lesbians. This sharp difference in color shows the director’s intention of contrasting a happier London with the present one.

What makes this film interesting is that it is a film based on a graphic novel of the same by by Allan Moore. The dark images and ideals are given life by Portman and Weaving. It is given an alternative ending though, with Portman’s character falling in love with V. This change may make one who does not know the comic enjoy the film, by giving it a Hollywood ending. It also gives those who have read the graphic novel a twist, which some may or may not take into kind. The images found within the film give are a watered down version of the even more graphic images found in Moore’s comic. It can serve as an alternative for others who may not be able to take the violence and gore within the novel.

Overall the movie was a cinematic representation of a dystopian society. It is an interesting take on alternative futures society may have, while showing the resilience of the human spirit.

 
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Posted by on 25 May 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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You say you want a revolution

Films about a revolution fuelled by ideals are the kind that will spark a sense of patriotism in the hearts of a lot of film viewers. These are the sort of movies that inspire others to be just as committed to a cause to the point of rebellion against an oppressing norm. The backbone of this story relies on the concept that only through destruction of the self can people rebuild a better self for society.

The alternate reality of V for Vendetta’s universe is too controlled with not much room for liberal ideas or artistic freedom. The suppression of the government struck fear and docility into the people. The film tries to counter that scary thought by saying that the people should not be afraid of their government; it should be the government that is afraid of its people. It would be horrible to exist in a world that would arrest and kill anyone who takes a stab at the government. Enforced curfews should only be done in times of great crisis and not to muffle the voices of the people at night. To silence their cries would only allow them to boil over until the world becomes one molten mess of discontent and death of its souls.

Other films that share their views on the need for self-destruction would be Fight Club and Batman: the Dark Knight. Sometime anarchy is essential in toppling a ruling class which does not do their people any good but only furthers their personal gain and political agenda.

The story is built on the concept of the immortality of ideas. How a man can die but the ideas never will. There are such films that are like this. They tell a story so well, they build sets so beautifully, and they make a score so perfectly fitting that the audience will create a new reality within the film context. These films are the timeless ones, the classics such as Gone with the Wind and Casablanca.

In relation, this film can be a metaphor for the revolution that cinema viewing that it stirs within the audience. A film would present their ideals, convince the film viewers that, within the context, their ideals are right and just, and that their ideas can change the world. The film mirrors into itself and makes watching it a meta experience.

The scene where V took Evey as prisoner could be a symbol for how films take people as prisoners and inject into them a false sense of reality and changes their point of view in life. She finds a letter addressed to whoever is reading it. The letter is about the suffering and pain the writer had to go through because she was different and going against the moral standards of society. When people watch films, their sufffering will stem either from their misunderstanding of their film or if the film is not executed well enough to engage the audience.

Beyond their message of change through anarchy, the film strives to always bring rationality to the table. Like human nature, the two divides of the id and ego battle each other to produce a functional human being acceptable enough to present to a society that will chew it up and spit it out like any other anonymous statistic.

 
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Posted by on 25 May 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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V for Vendetta [090279]

Aside from Natalie Portman’s exceptional performance in the movie as the Evey character as well as her unconditional beauty (she is still so gorgeous even after her hair was shaved off! :|) another thing that got me hooked on V for Vendetta is the poetry — most of which are of course spoken by V. It did not really matter if some of the elaborate jargon ended up not making sense to me anymore. Even if most of the time the speech ended up sounding slurred and mixed up, it did not really matter anyway since the lines were just absolutely beautiful.

V: Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
V: The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
V: Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.

It is very rare nowadays to hear refined phrases as most of what we hear from films are just plain crass. What’s great is that the spoken words are not just centered on the cheesy and romantic speeches and professions. The lines are very universal since they imply the abuse of political power and even the misuse of it, which I am sure anyone in the world is aware of in one way or another. It is also very refreshing to see a well-versed protagonist. He may not have fancy gadgets like batman or even a ripped body like that of superman (or all the other superheroes who have amazing skills and powers, for that matter), but he possesses ideas that are unlike any other.

I appreciate the fact that the movie did not give off a vibe similar to that of “The Spirit”. I think that the effects used in V for Vendetta sufficed for whatever mode the creators were going for. Over-doing it would have just emphasized the fact that it is based on a graphic novel. I am not saying that it is a bad thing though. I just a have a strong personal preference towards movies that are not overdone. In addition, since the movie is mainly concerned with revolution and other political issues, I believe that a more realistic take, would be more effective and dramatic.

 I would not necessarily consider myself as a comic book junkie, so it comes as a surprise that graphic novels such as this could actually contain stories that are more or less true to life. Political issues tackled in the movie are more delicate compared to that of capturing a thief, saving the world from damnation, etc. since it is a real problem that the world faces every single day. The movie presents ideologies that people can actually apply in real life, which makes it kind of scary knowing that a movie can have such a great impact without people even knowing it.

The subtle entry of romance into the plot is an added bonus as it makes the story a bit lighter. It is the perfect mix of action, romance and drama. Overall, the film is very entertaining. It manages to be dark and heavy as well as light without being a drag. For some reason, I was overcome with the feeling of triumph and hope after watching it. Probably all of us have V’s ideas in the back of our heads and are just too afraid to stand up like he did. We all know the truth, but we remain subdued knowing that we will have to face the troubles that will arise once we stand up and start fighting for it.

 
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Posted by on 25 May 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Ideas and Propagandas, V for Vendetta (090102)

V for Vendetta is a film of ideas. This film challenges the relationship between the governing body and its citizens. It definitely questions the roles of both and how they should function with and for each other.

This is not your typical comic book adaptation movie, even though it involves the Wachowski Brothers, the creators of the Matrix trilogy, and Vertigo comics, it goes beyond the realm of what a stereotypical comic book hero is since it is questionable if he, V is indeed a hero or maybe even a villain.

V symbolizes each and every oppressed citizen, whose reason for living is now to build a total anarchy to the government which will then make it collapse. V, being one of the successful test subjects of a government-supported project, who eventually gone through a series of torture, lost all of his former identity and character, thus making a monster that would eventually eat and consume every single one that made his life a living hell. He fancied himself from the number of his jail cell and used a mask with a face that symbolizes an immortal idealism, an idealism going beyond the mind of its maker.

Evey, who at first lives in a life of status quo, who tried in following the rules of the Parliament even though there were times that she innocently attempts to violate the rules, eventually was influenced and her eyes opened by V who is both the self-proclaimed protagonist and antagonist of this film. Here we can see that there are times wherein we shouldn’t settle to conformity, that we should also be responsible for the welfare of each other. It’s all about social change, through the means of collective behavior initiated by V who desires change in ways of influence and propaganda.

A movie of ideas, propagandas, constant vigilance, and awakening, this film is all about having to believe with every individual’s potential and capacity to make a difference. It’s about knowing everyone’s strengths and weaknesses, thus helping them for their survival. We shouldn’t let ourselves be pressured with what society only wants, but we should also see what society actually needs, without even the society knowing, feeling, and assuming that there is such a great and dire need for change and reform. If it cannot be done by the government, then the citizen themselves shall create a new one out of the broken down foundation, thus beginning from scratch, out of pure ideas and ideologies. Such a society cannot exist without both the government and its citizens, still there is an urge of a government to rule over a society but their function should revolve around the need of the people, not the other way around. Karma, what you give is what get returned, is really emphasized in this film, that in some way or another, you cannot totally get away from your past if there is still no closure. The concept of the means justifying the ends and how it is done by both V and the government questions their morals and beliefs. In the end, we should all know our roles and places in our societies.

 
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Posted by on 25 May 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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