V for Vendetta
is a 2006 dystopian thriller
film directed by James McTeigue
and produced by Joel Silver
and the Wachowski brothers
, who also wrote the screenplay. It is an adaptation of the V for Vendetta comic book
by Alan Moore
and David Lloyd
. Set in London in a near-future dystopian
society, Natalie Portman
stars as Evey, a working-class girl who must determine if her hero has become the very menace she is fighting against. Hugo Weaving
plays V—a bold, charismatic freedom fighter driven to exact revenge on those who disfigured him. Stephen Rea
portrays the detective leading a desperate quest to capture V before he ignites a revolution.
The film was originally scheduled for release by Warner Bros.
on Friday, November 4, 2005 (a day before the 400th Guy Fawkes Night
), but was delayed; it opened on March 17, 2006. Reviews were mixed, but the worldwide box office
earnings were over $132 million. Alan Moore
, having been disappointed with the film adaptations of two of his other graphic novels, From Hell
and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
, refused to view the film and subsequently distanced himself from it.
The film had been seen by many political groups as an allegory of oppression by government; libertarian
have used it to promote their beliefs. Activists belonging to the group Anonymous
use the same Guy Fawkes mask popularized by the film when they appear in public at numerous high-profile events, emulating one of its key scenes later on.
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