Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday night film selection: V for vendetta

There are some films that need to be seen the moment they air because they represent a reaction to some current events. In the aftermath of 9/11 and the ensuing violent retaliations, this film was very much au courrant. Addressing the complex issue of terrorism as a strategy of fighting an oppressing totalitarian regime.
And before everyone comes down on me like a ton of brick let me just say flat out that I absolutely oppose terrorism. I believe the end never justifies the means.

I also believe in Newton's third law of motion:
To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction; or, the mutual actions of two bodies upon each other are always equal, and directed to contrary parts.
Which means that the more forcefully you fight something all the more violent reaction you can expect. Leading into a downward spiral of  destruction and decay.

But in any proclaimed liberal and democratic society the phenomenon of terrorism is always a sign that there is something very wrong with its government. And that's at the core of this story.

Though gory and with more than a fair share of action sequences, well worth watching.


  1. I'll have to pass on this one as it's too upsetting watching violent films. Sometimes I make an exception if the film is highly regarded but even then I look away during violent scenes.

  2. This looks good! I'm wondering if I've seen it though, title is awfully familiar Sometimes I forget until almost the end that I have seen a picture before!

  3. Susan: I like to watch such gory movies with Mr. C. He gives me the all clear sign when the gruesome stuff is over. Generally I don't mind action films as long as they aren't too graphic but I do hate all medical, surgical, CSI movies where they show graphic details of surgeries or autopsies.

    Mandy: That's so funny, Mr C often forgets we've seen a film and then we spend the better part arguing whether or not we've seen it. It's become a ritual now ;-P

  4. I've never seen it, but every time I see the cover or hear someone talking about it, I internally change the name to "V for Vanessa"~!