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V for Vendetta (2005)
philosophy from Joel Silver (what a hoot!)
Gosh...a few gimmicks, some pseudo-intellectualism, a few Shakespearean quotes, a dodgey scene involving Evey's "torture", some paint-by-numbers symbolism (Evey=Eve, so who's Adam?), a recycled Zorro/Scarlet Pimpernel tale and we all bow down in praise. I hear the steak sizzling but where's the meat? High praise should be reserved for the truly clever and original. The most dangerous aspect of this movie is that it's a "wolf in sheep's clothing": by making simplistic, paranoiac statements to an audience that expecting an action movie, they're more likely to make an impression--and it has. Hollywood is reverting to anti-government, "nothing is what it seems" movies but its been there before (e.g. "The Parallax View" etc).Hmmmm...a Joel Silver "pitcha" that provokes thought: you're joking, right?