Set in London in a near-future dystopian society, the film follows the mysterious V, a freedom fighter seeking to affect sociopolitical change while simultaneously pursuing his own violent personal vendetta.
The domino scene, where V tips over black and red dominoes to form a giant letter V, involved 22,000 dominoes. It took 4 professional domino assemblers 200 hours to set it up.
Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.
V for Vendetta is based on the 10 issue comic book series by the same name. It was written by Alan Moore and was released in 1982. Back then it was a near future imagining of the world if nuclear war were to break out. In this futuristic England, a fascist goverment called norsefire rules the country. The population is unhappy and a revolutinary going by the name of V steps forward. Wearing a Guy Fawkes mask and using his many abilities to try and topple the evil goverment.
In 2005, James McTeigue directed the movie adaptation of the comic, the script was written by the Wachowski brothers and some significant changes were made. In order to make the film more acceptable to the larger audience, many of the anarchism and drug themes were removed from the film, also reducing V from the original vision of a Protagonist-Antagoinst to just a slightly disturbed hero.
A lot of the political messages were also altered beacause after 25 years they were no longer as relevant and were exchanged for a more modern political message.
The story is set just like the comic in a near future England ruled by a totalitarian goverment. The movie focuses on the relationship between V and Evey Hammond, a girl who V saved from rapists in the beginning of the movie. V somehow takes a liking to Evey and decides to become her guardian angel, because he sees potential in her. After a scandal at the TV station, Evey is associated with V and he must rescue her in order to save her life and hides her in his home. Evey though is a bit frightened by V and wants to escape, but she is already wanted by the goverment so she has no choice but to stay with V in his lair.
V starts training her and introducing him to his ideologys and shows her that the country must be purged of the current goverment. After V decieved Evey that she had been captured by the goverment in order to learn Vs location, V tortures Evey to make her unemotional and realise that she must do what is necessary.Afterwards V and Evey go on a killing spree of all the people who were connected with the Larkhill project(fromwhich V was created) and also broadcast anti-goverment speeches to get the public to revolt against the goverment. Even though the police and the special services are after him, his genius and skill outmatch them every time.
However V strongly believes that the idea is more important than the man and proves so in an act of martyrdom at the most crucial moment to allow Evey to finish what Guy Fawkes had started so many years ago.