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V for Vendetta
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Directed By
James McTeigue

Written By:
Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, Alan Moore

Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, James Purefoy, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, John Hurt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sinéad Cusack

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V for Vendetta (2006)
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Movie Review by BillyBob
January 22nd, 2011


C'mon. There's gotta be 2 versions of this film. Right? There's the dismal version that I saw. And then there's that other "wow!" version that so many others have raved about.

I mean, this film having 2 distinctly different versions is the only acceptable reason that I can think of to explain why there's such a divided opinion over this picture. Some people (like me) saw the crap version - While others enjoyed the thrill of viewing the dynamite version. What else could it be?

Anyways -

The minute that "V" boasted to Evey that his all-time fave flick was, in fact, "THE (frickin') COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO", I knew that V FOR VENDETTA was gonna suck, big time. (And, I was right) I guess that "V" loved this film with all of his heart 'cause its title character probably reminded him so much of his own deluded image of himself. Like, why else would someone love such a crap movie as THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO?

And, in regards to this frickin' "MONTE CRISTO" movie - I believe that "V" was so bloody plagued by loneliness that he actually had to resort to snatching people, like Evey, right off the street and literally carrying them away to his demented little memorabilia museum (which he called home), where he forced them to watch this garbage movie along with him (for about the 100th time, no doubt).

I'd say that we (the audience) were all colossally cheated by the Director/Screenwriters of this disappointing film. For example - The fact that not even once were we ever given even a single glimpse of "V's" face is evidence of that. But, then again, maybe it was all just a cost-saving measure to try to save the producer a few bucks by cutting back on such things as expensive "burn-victim" make-up effects, or something like that.

And, I don't know about you, but, when it came to that frickin' "GUY FAWKES" mask, I, for one, got so sick to death of seeing HUGO WEAVING in it. And, if that wasn't annoying enough, the more I listened to the way that WEAVING articulated his words, the more he sounded to me like he was just rehashing his tiresome "Smith" schtick from THE MATRIX.

Uh.... Shall I rant and rave some more?

And, besides all of that - I couldn't stand actor JOHN HURT as the lousy fascist leader, Adam Sutler. He really grated on my nerves, like you wouldn't believe, with his utterly irksome portrayal of that totally obnoxious, blabber-mouth ruler who stood behind Britain's pseudo-nazi regime.

All in all - V FOR VENDETTA was 132 minutes of excruciatingly long and dragged out garbage. I, for one, certainly couldn't see how blowing up London's parliament buildings was gonna affect any worthwhile change for the better. That was all just more of "V's" deluded thinking at work.

The way I see the blowing up of the parliament buildings - It was just the WACHOWSKI brothers' way of showing us all how much they detested Britain (for whatever reason) and here was their big opportunity to completely destroy that country's national monument, that's all.

In closing, I'd sure like to know how "V" (a man who seemed to always work alone and who was being relentlessly pursued by the authorities) managed to arrange this whole preposterous business of sending out 8000 "V" masks to the citizens of London. For one thing, "V" used a prominent courier service to deliver these dumb masks. And, even in doing this "V" didn't arouse even the slightest bit of suspicion from anyone.

Sheesh! Nobody suspected a thing, or reported anything to the police, until all of the masks had been safely delivered..... Like, give me a break, already!!


I wasn't in the least bit impressed with NATALIE PORTMAN as Evey. The minute that she had her head shaved I suspected that she was desperately wanting us to perceive her as some sort of modern-day "Joan of Arc", or something to that effect.

Let's face it - NATALIE PORTMAN is a mediocre actress, at best. Why-oh-why are so many people making such a fuss over this woman's so-called "talents" as an actress? Why?

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Jan 22, 2011 6:48 AM
also wrote a review of V for Vendetta
Ye this film was boring as hell! One of the few i've given half a star too.
Jan 27, 2011 9:13 AM
I'm glad that "V" got killed off. He was a total ass!

I'll bet at the start they were probably planning on doing a sequel for this one. Can you imagine how awful that would've been?

Mike Thomas
Jan 22, 2011 11:45 PM
I'll admit it was a bit talky and very tangential, but it had all the basics of your standard "B" movie:
- Neat explosions
- some really juicy wetworks
- a one-dimensional villain you could really hate
- and nerd goddess Natalie Portman (sorry, man - you're out-numbered in that last factor)

If you were looking for story, and character development, sorry you were so disappointed.

But if you came to look at the pretty colors, then it was a Masterpiece!
Jan 27, 2011 9:10 AM
I appreciate your comments, but I can't see Natalie Portman as a "nerd goddess". Yes. Her performance was somewhat nerdy, at best, but I don't give her much credit as being any sort of a "goddess".

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