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V for vendetta - Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves, James McTeigue

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Movie propaganda

People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V for vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman) who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked vigilante (Hugo Weaving) 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.

Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film fantasy dictator UK totalitarian big brother England Guy Fawkes Gunpowder Plot police religious far right revolution

Persons of interest

  • Natalie Portman .... Evey Hammond
  • Hugo Weaving .... V
  • Stephen Rea .... Finch
  • John Hurt .... Sutler
  • Roger Allam .... Prothero
  • Sinéad Cusack .... Dr Delia Surridge
  • Nicolas de Pruyssenaere .... Marshal
  • Stephen Fry .... Gordon Deitrich
  • Rupert Graves .... Dominic
  • Keith How .... V Follower
  • Richard Laing .... Leiutenant
  • Ben Miles .... Dascomb
  • Tim Pigott-Smith .... Creedy
  • Cosima Shaw .... Patricia
  • John Standing .... Bishop Lilliman
  • Natasha Wightman .... Valerie
  • Alan Moore .... Author: V for vendetta
  • Andy Wachowski .... Screenwriter
  • Larry Wachowski... Screenwriter
  • James McTeigue .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Wow! Talk about the man in the irony mask.

V for vendetta is like watching 1984 through the wrong end of a telescope. I spun out when I saw John Hurt as Big Brother (he being the actor who portrayed the victimised Mr Smith in the eponymous film of George Orwell's book).

Kudos for great use of infrequent strong coarse language, especially the delicate application of the word "cunt". The British can swear in ways of which the Yanks can't even dream.

Where the bloody hell are you? Where the bloody hell am I?

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong violence, infrequent strong coarse language)

Surveillance time

132 minutes (2:12 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 30 March 2006

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