V For Vendetta
Scripted by Andy and Larry Wachowski ("The Matrix" trilogy), "V For Vendetta" is a razor-sharp cinematic reinterpretation of Alan Moore’s scathingly dissident 1988 political satire graphic novel. The action is set in a slightly futuristic Britain. The bold narrative cautions against the dangers of corruption, media manipulation, and a pervasive government repression exercised through fear. Natalie Portman’s intense portrayal of a civilian polarized into rebellion anchors the movie. "V For Vendetta" is a piece of pop-culture-subversive-cinema that operates on multiple levels. On the surface, it’s a love story set in the depths of social despair, but it’s also a visionary tale of social uprising. As a reflection of the differences between freedom and repression, the movie provides a social terrain that seems more native than alien, and therein lies its central thesis about fighting for freedom. You come out wanting to do something.
Rated R. 131 mins. (B+) (Four Stars)