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v for vendetta

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Cover of "V for Vendetta (Widescreen Edit...

Cover of V for Vendetta (Widescreen Edition)

I’ve never been interested in politically oriented movies before; always preferring romantic comedies, relationship or historical based dramas instead. Nor do I like violent or action packed thrillers very much, or anything which gives me the creeps. But I have an exception, in the form of this unforgettable 2005 British movie I watched recently, V for Vendetta. Below is the plot summary as quoted:

Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V For Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked vigilante known only as “V.” Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he detonates two London landmarks and takes over the government-controlled airwaves, urging his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about V’s mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself – and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plot to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption. Written by Alex W

In the beginning, I didn’t like the main character, V, at all. How can one be so brutal and heartless, I thought to myself. But as the movie unfolds, I realized that people can become bitter and turn into monsters when they have been mistreated themselves, to the point of being scarred for life as a result. And I can understand and draw parallels between fictional V and many other real-life rebels or terrorists in the history of mankind. I do not support any kind of terrorist or inhumane acts, but my eyes are now opened to some of the reasons behind them; such as when people feel trapped, helpless and powerless against dictatorial/corrupt powers. They then become fearless and ruthless, not caring if they hurt others (even innocent ones) or themselves in the process of their rebellion. Such men and women would be willing to endure and pursue anything when pushed to the limits, their main focus is freedom from their hopeless state and their oppressors.

By the end of the movie, I found myself admiring V for the idea he represented, and for the man that he was. I can identify with the heroine (Evey)’s feelings, and how she felt towards V. Certainly his love for music, art and literature added to his charisma. At the same time I felt really sorry for him too, my heart goes out to him, the man behind the intimidating mask. I now have a better insight of one aspect of revolution, and what drives people to it. All in all, this is a brilliant movie to watch, it makes one think deeply about many human issues in the political scene. I haven’t stopped thinking about it ever since I watched it. I found myself exercising my intellect in a big way rather than just feel with my heart like I usually do. I end my post with this bittersweet song, which played from V’s jukebox in a couple of scenes. Another realization then dawned upon me, how this has never been my kind of song, nor was the film to my taste at first. But now, it keeps playing in my head, unforgettable…just like the movie, just like V.