"People should not be afraid of their governments; governments should be afraid of their people."
- V (Hugo Weaving)
"I hope that whoever you are you escape this place; I hope that the world turns and things get better, but what I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you even though I may not know you, and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you, I love you. With all my heart, I love you. Valerie."
- Valerie (Natasha Wightman)
"Beneath this mask, there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr Cready. And ideas are bulletproof."
In 1605, Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the British Houses of Parliament in a protest of Protestant rule. 400 years later, a new terrorist stalks a corrupt and totalitarian British Government. After avenging his personal issues at the hands of a select few in charge of a detention centre, he puts into place a plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament by encouraging the oppressed to join him. He already has the support of Evey (Natalie Portman), a young woman who lost her radical parents to Government torture. Powerful, emotional case study of the evil of any government that would use fear to control its people, and a daring defence of terrorism for the good of the state. Portman and Weaving (hidden behind a mask) are both excellent. An evocative soundtrack adds even more texture to the film. Written by the Wachowski Brothers (who wrote and directed the Matrix trilogy) - and the prose is beautiful - and directed with matching flair by James McTiegue.reviewed 29 Oct 2007
"A visually sumptuous concoction that combines political allegory, bloody action, and a few stunning cinematic moments into a solid piece of entertainment."
- James Berardinelli (ReelViews)
"This is pure post-9/11 Orwell, a great, angry screed against scapegoating and fearmongering in the seemingly endless war on terrorism."
- Chris Barsanti (ToxicUniverse.com)