History Film / VforVendetta

19th Apr '18 10:08:02 PM Horndgod
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* BrokenAesop: The movie goes for a pretty unambiguous Aesop about the importance of individual freedom and thinking for yourself, portraying V as a "freedom fighter" hero. Fine...but his crusade against Norsefire still relies on kidnapping and torturing an innocent girl to make her more sympathetic to his cause, and it ends with him being hailed as a martyr by a mob of his devoted supporters, who proceed to show their devotion by [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything donning identical black outfits and marching in lockstep towards the nation's capital]]. You know...for freedom. Re-made once Parliament goes up in flames; when they take off their masks, they are revealed as every non-Norsefire character in the movie - with a focus on those who died. If you truly want to be free, YouAreNotAlone.

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* BrokenAesop: The movie goes for a pretty unambiguous Aesop about the importance of individual freedom and thinking for yourself, portraying V as a "freedom fighter" hero. Fine...but his crusade against Norsefire still relies on kidnapping and torturing an innocent girl to make her more sympathetic to his cause, methods, and it ends with him being hailed as a martyr by a mob of his devoted supporters, who proceed to show their devotion by [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything donning identical black outfits and marching in lockstep towards the nation's capital]]. You know...for freedom. Re-made once Parliament goes up in flames; when they take off their masks, they are revealed as every non-Norsefire character in the movie - with a focus on those who died. If you truly want to be free, YouAreNotAlone.
7th Apr '18 7:04:11 PM Imen1990
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* StateSec: The Norsefire government consists of five groups: the Eye, [[BigBrotherIsWatchingYou visual surveillance]]; the Ear, audio surveillance; the Mouth, the PropagandaMachine; the Nose, regular police; and the Finger, who serve as State Sec.
31st Mar '18 6:09:23 AM bravo104
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* MeaningfulName: William Rookwood, a man who did a FaceHeelTurn from Norsefire [[spoiler: and gets impersonated by V]] shares a surname with another one of the gunpowder plotters, Ambrose.
27th Mar '18 6:20:13 PM offa
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** Some contemporary reviewers find the idea of "concentration camps" for homosexuals, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_28 eradicate homosexuality even as an abstract concept]], etc. to be sort of an invocation of GodwinsLaw by comparing Thatcher's England to Nazi Germany. However, in the early 1980s one of UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher's advisors did indeed make the suggestion, as a public health policy, that all gay men should be put into quarantine in closed institutions as a strategy to stop the spread of HIV infections. Alan Moore's {{Word of God}} says this aspect of the dystopia was a direct commentary on the implications of such proposals. The real life idea never took off.

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** Some contemporary reviewers find the idea of "concentration camps" for homosexuals, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_28 eradicate homosexuality even as an abstract concept]], etc. to be sort of an invocation of GodwinsLaw by comparing Thatcher's England Britain to Nazi Germany. However, in the early 1980s one of UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher's advisors did indeed make the suggestion, as a public health policy, that all gay men should be put into quarantine in closed institutions as a strategy to stop the spread of HIV infections. Alan Moore's {{Word of God}} says this aspect of the dystopia was a direct commentary on the implications of such proposals. The real life idea never took off.
24th Feb '18 11:57:50 AM StarSword
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* FictionalPoliticalParty: [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Norsefire]]. In the film, the party came to power after a democratic election [[spoiler: - which was rigged, by dint of orchestrating an act of bio-terrorism designed to push the electorate in Norsefire's direction]].

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* FictionalPoliticalParty: [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Norsefire]]. In the film, the party They're explained to have been [[RenegadeSplinterFaction originally-Tory extremists]] who came to power after a democratic election [[spoiler: - which was rigged, by dint of orchestrating an act of bio-terrorism designed to push the electorate in Norsefire's direction]].
20th Jan '18 7:41:19 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* {{Narcissist}}: Lewis Prothero's bathroom is walled by mirrors and he has a series of televisions playing his show while he recites his own lines along with it.



-->"Fuckin' 'ell."

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-->"Fuckin' --->"Fuckin' 'ell."



--> ''"Jesus bloody Christ."''

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--> ---> ''"Jesus bloody Christ."''



* PuttingOnTheReich[=/=]ANaziByAnyOtherName: Norsefire are Neo-Nazis, so it's not too odd.

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* PuttingOnTheReich[=/=]ANaziByAnyOtherName: PuttingOnTheReich: Norsefire are Neo-Nazis, so it's not too odd.
10th Jan '18 6:36:51 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* RuleOfCool[=/=]RuleOfSymbolism: V's (impressively large) line of dominoes ties in perfectly with Finch's "everything's connected" speech, but there doesn't seem to be much in-universe justification for V doing it. Unless the ever theatrical V decided to invoke the symbolism anyway.

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* RuleOfCool[=/=]RuleOfSymbolism: RuleOfSymbolism: V's (impressively large) line of dominoes ties in perfectly with Finch's "everything's connected" speech, but there doesn't seem to be much in-universe justification for V doing it. Unless the ever theatrical V decided to invoke the symbolism anyway.



* ShoutOutToShakespeare: To ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''
-->'''V:''' Disdaining Fortune with his brandished steel / that smoked with bloody execution.\\

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* ShoutOutToShakespeare: ShoutOutToShakespeare:
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To ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''
-->'''V:''' --->'''V:''' Disdaining Fortune with his brandished steel / that smoked with bloody execution.\\



-->'''V:''' And thus I clothe my naked villainy / With old odd ends stolen forth from holy writ/ And seem a saint when most I play the devil.

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-->'''V:''' --->'''V:''' And thus I clothe my naked villainy / With old odd ends stolen forth from holy writ/ And seem a saint when most I play the devil.



-->'''V:''' We are oft to blame in this / 'Tis too much proved, that with devotion's visage / And pious action we do sugar o'er / The devil himself.

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-->'''V:''' --->'''V:''' We are oft to blame in this / 'Tis too much proved, that with devotion's visage / And pious action we do sugar o'er / The devil himself.



* SuperReflexes[=/=]SuperStrength: V has these abilities.

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* SuperReflexes[=/=]SuperStrength: SuperReflexes: V has these abilities.is extremely fast and precise with his knives, well beyond human reaction time.



* WouldHurtAChild:
** Norsefire deliberately released their virus into a school full of young children to maximize the impact it would have on the citizenry.
** One of the Fingers guns down the V-dressed glasses girl when she tries to run from him. It earns him a presumably very painful death by angry citizens armed with wrenches and such.



* YouAreAlreadyDead: In V's final conversation with Delia Surridge, he reveals he's already given her a lethal injection

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* YouAreAlreadyDead: In V's final conversation with Delia Surridge, he reveals he's already given her a lethal injectioninjection.



-->'''Evey:''' Are you like a crazy person?

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-->'''Evey:''' Are you like a crazy person? person?\\
'''V:''' I'm sure they would say so.
6th Jan '18 8:36:04 PM somestrangecircus
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** The conversation that V and Evey have after watching The Count of Monte Cristo.
-->'''V:''' Did you like it?
-->'''Evey:''' Yeah. But it made me feel sorry for Mercedes.
-->'''V:''' Why?
-->'''Evey:''' Because he cared more about revenge than he did about her.
5th Jan '18 12:33:37 PM nombretomado
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** Subverted in one scene, where it briefly looks like they're actually going to reveal V's identity. [[spoiler:Finch sets up a meeting with a mysterious informant named William Rockwood, who turns out to be played by an unmasked HugoWeaving. At first, we're led to believe that V has finally been unmasked...but then "William Rockwood" turns out to be a pseudonym, and the face that looks like Hugo Weaving turns out to be another of V's masks]].

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** Subverted in one scene, where it briefly looks like they're actually going to reveal V's identity. [[spoiler:Finch sets up a meeting with a mysterious informant named William Rockwood, who turns out to be played by an unmasked HugoWeaving.Creator/HugoWeaving. At first, we're led to believe that V has finally been unmasked...but then "William Rockwood" turns out to be a pseudonym, and the face that looks like Hugo Weaving turns out to be another of V's masks]].
5th Jan '18 2:32:40 AM eroock
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* WhyWontYouDie: Because beneath his mask is more than flesh, beneath his mask there is an idea, and ''[[CantStopTheSignal ideas are bulletproof]]''. [[spoiler:Also: an armored breast plate. Which is not entirely bulletproof, but does stop V from dying where he stands, instead allowing him to slowly bleed out as he stumbles his way back to his lair]]. What, you thought they'd pull the [[spoiler:OnlyAFleshWound card?]]

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* WhyWontYouDie: Because beneath his mask is more than flesh, beneath his mask there is an idea, and ''[[CantStopTheSignal ''[[YouCanNotKillAnIdea ideas are bulletproof]]''. [[spoiler:Also: an armored breast plate. Which is not entirely bulletproof, but does stop V from dying where he stands, instead allowing him to slowly bleed out as he stumbles his way back to his lair]]. What, you thought they'd pull the [[spoiler:OnlyAFleshWound card?]]


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* YouCanNotKillAnIdea: After taking dozens of bullets and killing a dozen men before they could finish reloading (as per his BadassBoast), V approaches The DragonInChief, who asks, in disbelief, "WhyWontYouDie!" His response? "Beneath this mask is more than flesh; beneath this mask there is an ''idea'', Mister Creedy -- and ideas. Are. ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Bulletproof.]]''"
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