…..the gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.

This is the opening line to V for Vendetta, a movie that kicked serious butt! Maybe it’s because all the other movies out recently are remakes or just plain bad but I doubt it. Made by the Wachowski brothers (of the Matrix triology), it once again explored their favorite theme: what happens when the government gets too much control.

V: A people should not be afraid of their government. A government should be afraid of it’s people.

As you watch the movie, you feel as though you are seeing what Hitler’s regime would have looked like given another 80 or so years. From flags that resemble a double broken cross to “detention” camps where the “undesirables” are taken to a pit where the naked dead bodies of “experiments” are thrown, you get the eerie feeling of having been here before. A Holocaust movie from the future.

Set in England, V (Hugo Weaving, Matrix and Lord of the Rings) is the hero who comes along crying for a revolution through anarchy. His at first reluctant partner, Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman, Star Wars I, II and III), has lived in fear of the government her whole life. After seeing her mother dragged off to a detention camp, Evey has no desire to follow in her footsteps.

Evey: I wish I wasn’t afraid all the time.

Evey knows that the government is wrong. She and many others can tell when the news reporter is lying, feeding the public a lie fed to them by the government. But they feel powerless to do anything. It’s not until Evey has to face her worst fear that she is able to overcome it.

V: You are completely free. You have no fear anymore.

This is the kind of movie that makes you want to stand up and tell the government to back off. 🙂 And in some things, I think perhaps we should. Maybe we shouldn’t blow up Parliment or the White House to do it. But if we simply sit back and let them invade our lives, who knows? Maybe we aren’t so far off from where the citizens of England found themselves in V for Vendetta.

V: This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is it vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished, as the once vital voice of the verisimilitude now venerates what they once vilified. 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 vis-à-vis an introduction, and so it is my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.