V for Vendetta

2 out of 5 snowstones

"V for Vendetta" provides an interesting counterpoint to "Good night, and good luck". Where in the real world, Edward R. Murrow confronts and defeats a totalitarian threat using words alone, in the fantasy future, the police state appears to have reached a point at which the rebel known only as "V" has to resort to explosives, poison and psychological torture to "bring balance to the Force".
In "V for Vendetta", Britain has become a fascist dictatorship, with V, the elegant man in the Guy Fawkes mask, as its avenging angel and the young woman Evey caught in the middle. Evey is gradually converted to V's cause through the use of some brainwashing techniques that would make V's former prison guards proud. The movie touches upon the questionable nature of V's methods, but in the end puts him plainly on a pedestal. As I understand it, the graphic novel is more ambivalent; I can't wait to read it.
Coming back to "V for Vendetta" and "Good night, and good luck", the following two quotes nicely illustrate the differences between them:
"We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason [...]." --Edward R. Murrow
"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." --V

Posted by cronopio at 01:44 PM, September 05, 2006