Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Remember, remember, the fifth of November . . .


Being released on March 17 is one of the latest in a long line of comic book-inspired films. V for Vendetta, based on the British comic series "Warrior" (published in the early 1980s) is set within a fascist Great Britain, conquered by Germany in a nuclear World War III. The story centers itself around a deadly, masked freedom fighter known simply as "V" (Hugo Weaving, of Lord of the Rings and Matrix fame). Throughout the film, V single-handedly wages his own war against the powerful totalitarian regime in Britain. But is it merely against the government as a whole? A long string of assasinations within the government indicate a connection and a goal much deeper and far more personal: a vendetta. In a state where individualism and liberty is sacrificed in the name of national security, V is out to reclaim freedom for a people too blinded and fearful to rise up for themselves. Along the way, he rescues Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman), a young woman tortured and nearly murdered at the hands of the secret police. Evey then becomes V's closest accomplice in his quest for freedom and justice.
The tactics by which V intends to fight his one-man revolution raise some very serious questions, though. The "ends justify the means" mentality of blowing up buildings and murdering political officials is an all too familiar reality in our 21st century world, namely in the form of modern terrorism. A review of the film in the March 13 edition of TIME contained this statement by Natalie Portman about the movie's message:

"I think the most important thing is that poeple will go home and fight about it . . . We all realize that at a certain point, violence might be the only means of effectively combatting injustice, but it's always going to be subjective -- what injustice is great enough to provoke you to harm someone else?"

The producers of this movie want us to empathize with V and his struggle. But are we as an audience supposed to cheer on a character whose role is skewed? Is he truly a hero, or is he merely another villain? At one point, V tells Evey, "What [the government] did to me was monstrous," to which Evey replies, "And they created a monster." Let' s apply this concept to our present day. Who are the real villains in this worldwide war on terror?

I personally am convinced that radical extremists who would shed innocent blood in order to appease their religious fantasies, or personal vendettas, are truly the enemies of every free country. V for Vendetta does, however, force us to think on a deeper level about this issue, a level that will definitely make many of us uncomfortable. This is my conclusion: the line between good and evil is not blurred -- it is an absolute, unwavering line set up by a holy God that holds just as much sway today as it did at the beginning of time. No film from Hollywood can erase or rewrite that line.

5 Comments:

Anonymous lizzie said...

This looks interesting, I can't believe though, that Natalie Portman would go and shave her head! That is just, well to me, disgusting. But I guess she was paid to have that done, and it is her part in the movie. Are you going to see it? I mean it is rated "R". Just curious.Hope that you had a wonderful time at M. Beach! Am I the only one besides 'Rissa that commments on yours and Zach's sites? C'mon people! :)Sorry couldn't resist!

12:59 PM  
Blogger Strider said...

Thanks for commenting Lizzie. Zach and I are debating whether or not to go see it. I have to agree that Natalie Portman's shaved head is a little creepy. But hey, if that's what the role required, I guess she didn't have much of a choice.
Definitely help us out with advertising. I'm going to try to start posting more often so people will have more to comment on. Thanks again!

12:46 PM  
Blogger w8nforhim said...

What a beautiful movie! Apart from a couple thematic elements that could have been left out, it was incredible...it wasn't one of your typical movies, it didn't follow some set of rules for how a movie goes...in a word, it wasn't all that predictable. And it was good to see a dark hero, instead of mr. goody 2 shoes saving the day...And to top it all off, Natalie Portman for once did a decent job acting ;)

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"For once Natile Portman did a decent job on acting" ?(Zach) When she was in Starwars, I believe that she did a great job on acting in those movies.Sounds like "V for Vendetta" was pretty good from what your most recent review said and what Zach has told me when I've talked to him. Yeah, keep the post's up! :) I like coming out to both of yall's blogs, becuase they are about something that really intersts me. Not to say I don't like knowing what is going on in other people's lives, it's just different, and pretty neat.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous lizzie said...

sorry, that was Lizzie who made the last post...got messed up and accidentally put no name..it really wasn't anonymous...:)

2:53 PM  

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