I have to confess that the day I saw the trailer for “V For Vendetta” at the movie theater I wasn’t even close to being prepared to pay $10.00 a ticket to see that man with a funny mask on his face. It seemed to me it would be one more of those ordinary motion pictures extracted from an unknown “comic” that are appearing in theaters quite frequently these days. But now that I have watched it, I think I was judging this particular movie wrong and not being totally fair with the writer and movie director.
It turned out quite surprising to follow the story and its continual resemblance to what is happening today in a not too far away nation and not too strange neighborhoods. The film is in England and it’s been taken over by several fanatics that have concluded that their reason to live is power and the imposition of his world model and ideas over everyone and everywhere. There’s a continuing war outside the borders and inside democracy is over; in the mean time fear is still living.
Everyone has lost the strength of questioning reality and have become conscience of the terrible consequences of living under such a self-indulgent regime. It’s a model based not in reason not in justice. Is the model “fascists” preach, where obedience and a “clock-like” functioning of the society in the interest of a few “chosen ones” is necessary.
Nevertheless suddenly there’s a problem menacing the “status-quo”, they (not knowing) have created their own finisher. It’s a figure that appears to us as a mixture of revenge with a revolutionary mind, its name is “V”. Though the movie makes it closer to a simple vengeance thirst of this character, which is a bad point for the writer, but anyway; the film put us before tyranny being challenged by a single questioner, a single doubt of what is new to that society and his menace to increase those doubts once the perfect time has come.
Another highlight is the human side of “V”, he meets the young lady in the motion picture while unfortunately she is about to be raped by a group of secret agents of the “fascist” regime that have found her walking at the wrong hours. You are not even the owner of your time so long as the preachers of “England Prevails” are in power. She escapes safely thanks to “V” but only to be initiated into the world of those who will change that world. She will be the guest and prisoner of “V” until she finally learns that there is nothing to fear but fear itself.
At the end there appears to be a split of the vengeance appetites of “V” and the revolutionary intentions which have been growing as the story develops. It becomes somewhat clear that everything from the old regime must die, including “V”, but he has left a final gift and maybe a lesson for individuals who would like to learn it. Passions belong to individuals and can be very powerful forces; but revolutions cannot be made by a couple of individuals, revolutions are created by the conscience and will of the people.