V for Vendetta

I just saw the movie V for Vendetta tonight with my friend Ephraim, and I must say that even though I never read the comic it is “an incredible film!” (though I’m sure Tsotsi is too – but that will have to wait for another night) The film is incredibly provocative, touching of topics such as 9-11 and the War on Terror but also includes artistic citations to many other influential books and films (1984, Count of Monte Cristo, etc) that certainly help to invoke the same sense of fear and helplessness of living in a totalitarian dysutopian future.

The Wachowski brothers should be given credit for once again so skillfully mastering a juxtaposition of references to so many ideas from philosophy, religion, history, and sci-fi along with a compelling story-line and great action in this film — the exact same combination that made The Matrix such a success. “V” is definitely one of those films that will make you think –which are the ones I love the most — and it is executed especially well, with a good flair for art and suspense. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. To steal a line from the film, “Artists use lies to show the truth” (this movie is full of great quotes too by-the-way) and so the dual question arises about V’s means… do the ends justify the means? is there a time and purpose for “terrorism”? is revolution considered terrorism?

Through V’s strategic attacks, he really cannot even be considered a terrorist (that’s the government/media’s line), because he only takes vengence up those to whom it is due – and not the masses. He does inspire the masses though – with eloquent words and reason, not fear – and while working in the shadows, he removes some of the obstacles in the people’s path for revolution – ultimately leaving the choices up to them. Another quote from the film, “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” Finally, V himself in saying “ideas are bulletproof” hints to one of my favorite quotes of all time, “No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time hase come“. – Victor Hugo

I’ve just started my initial commentary on Vendetta.

Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. — U.S. Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

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