Freedom Fighter or Murder?
V for Vendetta is a popular American-British thriller, which was first released in 2005. The movie is written by Wachowski Brothers then directed by James McTeigue. Wachowski Brothers wrote the movie basing it on the V for Vendetta, a Vertigo graphic novel of 1982. David Lloyd and Alan Moore wrote the novel. After its release in 2005, the movie V for Vendetta immediately hit the headline and rapidly grew in popularity. Even today, it is still watched in most homes across the world. The movie grew in popularity and became a household name just within a few months after its release. The movie was set in the United Kingdom within a dystopian society (Whitaker and Dodds 45). The political themes present in the movie show us both sides view of V. The government viewed V as a cold-blooded murder and terrorist, but when dissecting V’s actions and motives, we can learn that in the eyes of the oppressed he is a freedom fighter.
The movie V for Vendetta has four major casts and other minor ones. The major casts include Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Stephen Rea, and John Hurt as the V, Evey Hammond, Eric Finch, and Adam Sutler (High Chancellor) respectively. Casting as V, Hugo Weaving is portrayed as a skilled and charismatic freedom fighter that is unwillingly subjected to the experimentation of Norsefire. Throughout the entire movie, he wore a mask to obscure his face so that others couldn’t see the scared and tortured man behind the mask.
In this story, V becomes a hero and escapes a traumatic and unjust imprisonment. Thereafter, he spent most of his time planning and preparing for vengeance against his oppressors. He comes under a new persona to accomplish his mission. In addition, the film explicitly portrays V as a big impediment of an idea. He is depicted without an identity, past, and face. V becomes the idea itself by obscuring his identity using masks (Lamm and Bray 104).
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