V for Vendetta (2006)
Are American audiencesready for afilm that championsterrorism as a pathto social change?Andy & Larry Wachowski,the duo thatbrought us TheMatrix Trilogy, seem to think so.Interestingly enough, while watching Vfor Vendetta, I wasn't focused on the actof terrorism, but on oppression. Ratherthan Sept. 11, I heard sounds of theHolocaust. Perhaps it's for this reasonthat the film is so frightening—doesterrorism become a viable option toavoid the annihilation of civil liberties?This is not a question I am comfortableanswering, but this movie forces you tothink about this and other moral riddles.It is not a perfectly crafted filmand is at times pointlessly esoteric. Theacting is good, though often overshadowedby violence and other dramaticmêlée. I liked the work of HugoWeaving, who plays V, the enigmaticavenger focused on toppling a corruptpolitical power. Weaving's acting ishandicapped by the mask he wears inthe film, yet through his voice, gestures,and postures, he succeeds incrafting a truly memorable character.Natalie Portman as his accidental partneris good as well, though at times Ifelt the direction she was given was alittle muddled. This is a good actionflick that tries to convey a message,though it is no where near as powerfulas its predecessor, the original Matrix.
Lisa A. Tomaszewski, editor of Physician's MoneyDigest, has recently completed her PhD in literatureat Drew University in New Jersey. She is anavid fan of film and has taught a summer filmcourse at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Shewelcomes questions, comments, or suggestionsfor future film reviews at 609-524-9569 firstname.lastname@example.org.