v for vedetta is fantasticly brilliant film. it easily makes itself somewhere near the top of my top 10 films. i read the book about a year ago but have wanted to see the film since well before then. i always doubted it would stand up to the brilliance and quality of the book, but it did, very well.
set in a communistic britian, ruled but a single man, v for vendetta follows the story of evey hammond. somewhat unluckily she acidentaly meets V. V is an escapee of a detention facility, however he did not escape horrific burns covering the whole of his body. V wants revenge on the government for the communistic future and fear they hold over the people of the nation. through a series of 'terrotist' attacks he was able to get the public to notice him. he spreads a message of hate throughout brittian by taking control of a tv station. however since evey knows too much about him he must keep her locked away until he takes his revenge on the government. V puts too much trust in evey and lets her out in order for her to help him kill a priest, who worked at the detention centre he was in. evey manages to escape and goes to hide in a friends house, her friend is a gay and gays have been outlawed buy the new government so he has a hatered towards the government, he keeps a shrine of various banned items, police storm his house and arrest him but do not find evey, however V does. V tortures evey to makes sure that if he let her go and she got caught that she would not tell the government of V's hiding place. V makes a series of killings, killing the people who directly treated him in the detention centre. meanwhile the chief of police is hunting him down, although they get close they never catch him. the whole film ends in a scene where V takes about 8 cartridges of pistol bullets at once then kills all the police who were shooting him, when he gets back to evey he dies but he leaves her a train packed with explosives that will travel underneath the paliment building and blow it up, exacting his revenge on the government.
of course i am missing out on major parts of the story, but i think this follows the general gist of things.
PROs: alan moore wrote such a brilliant story, and they projected it well through the film. fantastic acting on hugo weavers part. fantastic in pretty much every way. direction was amazing, and the DOP deserves a medal for some of that. great adaptions were made from the novel to make it more suitable for film media, but they fit so well with the origiinal book, it made it hard to tell a difference.
CONs: natalie portman(evey) acted very poorly throughout the film. it seemed had to convey both such a deep thrilling story in just over 2 hours and the fact that the story took place over a year, it seemed like it was happening over the matter of a couple of weeks.