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A movie: V if Vendetta (2006), directed by James McTeigue
The future: in V if Vendetta, a lot went wrong very quickly and it doesn’t look like much has to be done about it. Set in 2020, London is now under the authoritarian rule of fascist Supreme Chancellor Sutler (John Hurt), leader of the extremely Nazi Norsefire party.
The parallels with the real world 2020 are alarming: “St. Mary̵7;s virus “revealed a pandemic in the world, paralyzed the United States (which is not really reflected in the London plot of the film) and sent it on a path of economic destruction and civil war. Norsefire, which has taken part in a wave of neoconservative support, will lock up gay citizens, anyone who practices a religion other than the state’s sanctioned church, and is supported by the state media. Surveillance is almost random, as government supplies regularly sweep the streets for citizens to hear.
In this world, we meet Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman), an unpretentious employee of the British television network. One night, she is threatened with sexual assault by the secret police and then rescued by V (Hugo Weaving), a superhuman terrorist in a Guy Fawkes mask. Like Guy Fawkes, V plans to blow up parliament and assassinate several members of the government responsible for taking over Norsefire and, as it turns out, his own work. The film ends before we find out if it is successful, but not before the citizens of London are inspired to also put on a mask and take to the streets.
History: V if Vendetta, although it is not such a work as the comedian Alan Moore and David Lloyd, on which it is based, is a film that is unfortunately about a terrorist. In March 2006, it was a radical film that Wachowskis wrote as their first major project after nut trilogy. Reviewers were fascinated by it.
“The smartest aspect of the film is the way a terrorist becomes a crucifixion hero while remaining politically correct.” guardian film critic Philip French wrote in his review. “What he can’t do is create a credible future or avoid pomp.”
“By all rights, this should be the worst time imaginable V if Vendetta, a film with – not really a polite word for it – a terrorist hero prone to saying things like “Violence can be used for good” and “Sometimes blowing up can change the world.” “Keith Phipps begins review AV Club, “So why.” V if Vendetta to play as a crowd-delight?
Only five years were taken from September 11, and like many years before the American War on Terror, the jerky film that valued terrorists was a radical way that arrested almost immediately. The film softens this very clear edge with obvious allusions 1984, which is a tribute to George Orwell as Lloyd and Moore.
Alan Moore, the author of the comic book on which the film is based, declined to mention his name in the film or on any materials that support it. (Moore made it clear that he objected whatever adaptation of his work out of principle, regardless of quality.) The Purists would object to a film that would limit the very specific reaction of source material in Thatcherite in England to the Bush-era America metaphor (in a story where America is specifically displaced) or In the film, V became a more courageous hero than an extremist from the dead. But time had a way to effectively draw all these points. The film meets much differently now.
A gift: In retrospect, great strength and weakness V if Vendetta has a lack of specificity. His Orwellian aesthetics gives him a kind of timeless veneer, and her arguments about fascism and the creeping death of freedom are old, which are painfully relevant whenever there is a new attempt to undermine democracy in power.
The film’s most enduring symbol is a mask that was adopted as a sign of real protest by the hacktivist group Anonymous in early 2010, when Occupy Wall Street was the most famous activist movement in the United States. Unfortunately, Guy Fawkes’ grimacing mask was supposed to mean anonymous solidarity, which lies behind something important about institutional oppression: it does not apply in the same way.
In 2020, the attacks on democracy are hard and blunt, and we know painfully that subtlety is not a hallmark of an authoritarian reach. In fact, as critic Scott Meslow wrote in 2018 V if Vendetta has more shots than when released, now you could say it doesn’t go far enough.
“He envisions a universe in which a single shooting to the death of an innocent girl could inspire society as a whole to stand up to militaristic police forces,” Meslow writes. “He imagines opposition to the anti-democratic political movement, which is based in part on powerful but fundamental members of this political movement. Modern adaptation could portray all these points as overly optimistic. “
V if Vendetta they are not particularly interested in the details – the creeping concessions to the fascists are recalculated in a bleak cascade and the resistance is provoked by a single dramatic act. The universe of film is small; The only perspective outside of Evey is that of Finch (Stephen Rea), an inspector of the Scottish Yard, who is on track V and finds that the government has created a crisis that has led to its seizure of power. Through Finch, we put it all together, and in the film’s best contact, everything is portrayed in one dramatic montage: corruption, dominance, and revolution, which exist side by side, because the events in which the film is shown intersect with the scenes that the film is about to appear. the last 30 minutes.
It’s very influential, but it expresses how much work It is a defense of democracy – how many people you have to stand next to you to protest do indeed favor the government of fascism, as long as the fascists agree, as institutions are not built for democracy, but for normalityand how the people who manage them always choose others.