|Muddled 'Matrix' with a clearer message||6 out of 6 users found this review helpful.|
“V for Vendetta” is a futuristic, totalitarian film that will be barraged with inevitable comparisons to works of a similar set-up, most notably “The Matrix.” The comparison is appropriate, however, given the amount of involvement the directors of “Matrix” had in this film.
But the two films really feature a trade off in quality: “Vendetta” finds itself lacking in some necessary plot and character development that flourish in “Matrix”, but it also gets across its societal message to an extent rarely seen in today’s films.
In 20 years the United States will be thrown into a domestic war and disease will be rampant. London will have been transformed into a 1984-esque society where curfews are constantly in effect, foreign religions are outlawed and the supreme chancellor (John Hurt) has total control.
Enter V (Hugo Weaving), a masked man who carries a grudge against the government and wants the people to rise up and revolt. He is willing to kill and destroy to change the government and Evey (Natalie Portman), who works at the government-controlled television station, gets caught up in his grand scheme, thanks in part to memories of her deceased activist parents.
The film is based on a graphic novel by Alan Moore, though you wouldn’t be able to tell since he asked that is name be taken out of the credits. And the film does carry the visual and narrative weight of a comic book: the sets and props generally feature a simplistic design and bold colors that come together to make the film, for the most part, graphically stunning.
But the character development and pacing are generally unpolished. It’s not clear whether that’s the fault of Moore or The Wachowski Brothers, who both wrote the screenplay and were executive producers. Many developments over the course of the film are seemingly random with no concrete connections to actions that have take place before.
The action scenes, something that made “The Matrix” so popular, are few. That’s not to say they aren’t amazing; when they do appear they are exhilarating and beautifully choreographed. Between these scenes, the movie is certainly interesting but sometimes slow and plodding.
But the real meat of the film isn’t necessarily contingent on the quaintly of the actual film making. “Vendetta” excels at painting a picture of a society that needs to be changed and what people can do to change it. It would be hard to make the argument that a film like this would change our society, given that this London empire is so obviously evil and harmful.
But “Vendetta” certainly fleshes out a deeper meaning that is missing among many films today, making it easier for you to slap down your hard-earned cash to see the film.
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