Review of Film V for Vendetta Essay
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This movie “V for Vendetta” was taken from a book written by Alan Moore and it was written years before all the things that started happening in the world, like the war, and all the problems that the government is going through. He tells us that “the people should not be afraid of the government, that the government should be afraid of their people”. People can realize that there are no coincidences in this world, everything happens for a certain purpose, because it had to happen. It all starts when an experiment is being made by certain people from the government on real people, innocent people, using those people to create some kind of monsters. Lots of people die in the attempt of the scientist but only one gave them hope. This lab…show more content…
V goes to the company to make an announcement to all the people by television. When V is going out Evey saves him, by instinct, from a cop that was stopping V and he takes Evey with him to where he lived. Evey wanted to leave but V could not let her because she could tell people where he was, so she had to be there for a year until V accomplished his plan, on the next November 5th, of destroying the parliament. Evey told him a little about her and how his little brother died being a victim of the Saint Mary’s school virus and how that changed completely her family and how his parents died fighting for their country. V kept working on his plan killing all the people that were involved in the tragedy of the lab. Evey gets kind of scare and tried to be calm about the situation and went with the plan and told him that if he needed help she would help him. V used her to get to a priest that was involved in the case and kills him and gives him a red rose. Evey runs away scare, when V killed the priest, and goes to a friend and stays with him. Her friend, a comedian, makes a show where he mocks the chancellor and people came to his house to kill him, he runs trying to save Evey and tells her to hide. Evey hides but when the people came to the room they took him and later killed him for an illegal thing that he kept in his house. Evey tries to run away trough the window but was caught in the
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Evey Hammond, an impoverished teen orphan who has turned to prostitution out of desperation to survive, tries to solicit a man on Guy Fawkes Night. The man, unfortunately, turns out to be Fingerman, a member the Gestapo-like secret police who work for the state. A horrified Evey watches helplessly as two more of his colleagues emerge from the darkness and they announce their plans to rape then kill her. Suddenly, a mysterious cloaked figure wearing a Guy Fawkes mask rescues her with tear gas and a grenade cleverly disguised as a prosthetic hand.
The enigmatic figure is introduced much later on as the titular “V.” He brings Evey to a safe distance then blows up the Houses of Parliament, destroying it completely and treating onlookers to a pyrotechnics display issuing from the smoldering ruins.
V then takes Evey to his “Shadow Gallery” an underground hideout packed with all manner of banned materials like art, music, and non-state approved literature. In the safety of the gallery Evey shares her life story, narrating the sad circumstances of how she came to such a sorry state revealing global events in the process, such a nuclear war in the 1980’s that serves as the catalyst that births the hyper-oppressive totalitarian organization, Norsefire.
The focus changes from Evey and V to Eric Finch, a seasoned police detective who heads the police force, which members of Norsefire colloquially call “The Nose.” Finch begins scrutinizing V’s anarchistic activities, relaying his findings to Norsefire’s various intelligence departments such as “The Finger”, headed by Derek Almond, and “The Head”, managed by Adam Susan, the enigmatic Leader of the organization, compulsively supervising government activities through the guidance of Fate, an A.I. system that oversees a number of important aspects of the government and economy.
Finch’s investigations take a series of interesting turns when V, one by one, begins targeting key members of the Norsefire party. He first breaks Lewis Prothero, head of Norsefire’s propaganda engine, driving him insane. Next, V pushes Bishop Anthony Liliman, the highly corrupt head of Westminster, to eat a cyanide-laced mass wafer after exposing him as a vicious pedophile. His next victim, the skilled doctor Delia Surridge, a medical researcher who worked in Larkhill Prison many years prior to the events of V for Vendetta. Dr. Surridge was also Finch’s former lover and her death at V’s hands marks a turning point for him, causing him to seriously reconsider his involvement in Norsefire. Being a capable detective, Finch manages to draw a connection between all of V’s targets: they all served as staff in a Norsefire resettlement camp/concentration camp at Larkhill.
Much later that night, V manages to kill both Derek Almond and Dr. Delia Surridge, despite precautions taken. Dr. Surridge however leaves a journal that divulges---at least in part---V’s identity. Entries in the journal reveal that V was an inmate at the Larkhill facility and a recipient of her inhuman medical experiments. V succeeds in destroying and escaping the camp/prison and is now systematically executing former Larkhill officers, presumably for the atrocities they have committed. Detective Finch sends his findings to Adam Susan, who worries that all these seemingly personal vendettas may just be a prelude to a much larger, more crippling anarchist attack.
V’s next target is “The Mouth” the informal label given to Norsefire’s propaganda/media arm, specifically Roger Dascombe, it’s charismatic head; he breaks in to the Jordan Tower, forcing Dascombe to broadcast a speech urging the people to rebel against the government. V kills Dascombe and escapes. Detective Finch soon gets introduced to the new head of “The Finger”, Peter Creedy, who goads Finch into punching him who then uses this to justify sending Finch on a forced vacation, taking him off the V/Norsefire murder investigations.
Evey Hammond, on the other hand, has been in a relationship with an older man named Gordon. In time the pair come across Rose Almond, widow of Derek Almond, former head of “The Finger.” She was also involved with another Norsefire head, Roger Dascombe, after the death of Derek Almond. Now that both men---her benefactors---are dead, dispatched by V, she now works as a stripper, a very far cry from the luxury that she has grown to enjoy so much. The relative peace that Evey enjoys is short-lived though. Her quiet live is abruptly shattered by Ally Harper, a Scottish mobster being tapped by Creedy, a member of the Norsefire party. Creedy needs Harper to provide them with manpower---his thugs and criminals---in preparation for an uprising he is planning. Harper murders Gordon and Evey attempts to avenge his death by shooting Harper, but she is captured and trapped in the process.
Evey is tortured and cross-examined as she is incarcerated nearly to the point of breaking. While imprisoned though, she finds an old letter secreted in her cell wall. The letter was written by detainee Valerie Page, a former actress who was imprisoned, tortured, and finally executed because she was a lesbian. The letter speaks of her defiance of the system and it moves Evey to endure her situation. Evey’s tormentor finally gives her an ultimatum: ally with the current régime or die. Inspired by Valerie’s example she defies to the very end and instead of a tidy execution she is instead released.
She is then informed that her “imprisonment” was all an elaborate ruse setup by V to test her loyalty and provide her with insight of the pivotal incidences that birthed the “V persona” at Larkhill. V informs Evey that Valerie was an actual prisoner at Larkhill, in fact their cells were right next to each other, and that the letter too is real; strategically placed for Evey to find---to provide her with the inspiration she’d need to endure the “trials” he’s set up for her. Evey forgives V for the abuses she’d received at his hands and V divulges the next step in his grand plan for vengeance: he has hacked into Fate’s A.I. system and has began to slowly and subtly manipulate Adam Susan, playing with his emotions and mental condition through a series of intricate mind games. Subsequently, Adam Susan---Norsefire’s enigmatic leader---has slowly begun to grow mad; he is now romantically attached to Fate, fawning over its statements like a lover.
The year is now 1998 and again on Guy Fawkes night V destroys three major government agencies: The Eye, The Ear, and The Mouth, killing a Norsefire party head, Brian Etheridge, manager of “The Ear” in the process. The brashness and the effectiveness of V’s anarchist attacks fuels waves of revolutionary activity from the general public, requiring the violent subdual from a combined force of Norsefire hirelings from Creedy’s detachment and thugs from Harper’s gangland connections. In a conversation between V and Evey, he mentions that he seeks to achieve a working revolutionary society that he calls the Land of Do-as-You-Please but presently, has not yet realized this dream. He muses that they are in a transitory social phase that he calls the Land of Take-What-You-Want.
While all of these events occur, Finch and his protégé, Dominic Stone, have been busy piecing together clues from V’s activities. Dominic comes to the conclusion that V has somehow managed to hack into Fate and has been manipulating events all along, explaining V’s near supernatural ability to predict Norsefire movements. Finch on the other hand, attempting to uncover V’s identity and get a better handle on predicting his activities heads off to the former Larkhill site. Once there he doses up on LSD, reliving his own tragic past trying to put himself in the shoes of a Larkhill inmate, as V was, to give him insight on how V came to be. His gamble pays off when he infers that the Shadow Gallery is located in the old Victoria Station.
He proceeds to invade V’s stronghold and he is rewarded by a surprise attack by the master of the house and in the ensuing struggle Finch manages to fatally wound V. V defiantly claims that he cannot be killed, as “ideas are bulletproof” and that he is merely the embodiment of an idea. He retreats into the depths of the gallery and dies in Evey’s arms. Every briefly contemplates removing V’s trademark mask but decides against it, maintaining that V is not a person so much as a icon of their struggle for freedom. Evey then dons V’s mask and assumes his identity, continuing his legacy. Finch gives up chasing after V; seeing the copious amounts of blood pooled on the floor, he assumes that V is now dead from excessive bleeding.
While Finch and V are fighting for their lives deep underground, within the ranks of Norsefire’s top officers, there is a jockeying for power between Creedy and Adam Susan. Creedy has been trying to compel Susan to make public appearances, as a show that they are still in control. This is just a ruse though as the intention is to expose him to danger, giving would-be assassins a chance to kill him. This ploy pays off: Adam Susan is shot in the head by a vengeful Rose Almond in retribution for the death of her husband and her lover and for the miserable life that she is now forced to live. Creedy takes up the mantle of leadership after Susan’s death. Finch, on the other hand publicly proclaims that V is now dead. His experiences and the discoveries he’s made about V, Larkhill, and Norsefire however embitter him and Finch resigns from his post within “The Nose.”
The death of Adam Susan leaves a power vacuum within Norsefire, fueling the surviving top officials most murderous impulses. The criminal warlord Harper deceives and murders Creedy after having been seduced by Helen Heyer, wife of Conrad Heyer, who leads “The Eye.” Harper and Conrad Heyer in turn, kill each other, each having been manipulated by Helen. Dominic Stone assumes leadership of the peacekeeping police forces responsible for suppressing the riots and patrolling the streets as a precaution in case V should, miraculously survive and make his awaited public address.
A crowd witnesses the appearance of V, who is in truth Evey, who announces that 10 Downing Street will be bombed the next day. Residents are given a simple choice: choose what comes next, live lives of your own or return to chains. The residents promptly reply with an outright uprising. Evey make good with her threat, destroying the subway train containing V’s body situated directly underneath 10 Downing Street. She then kidnaps Dominic Stone, intending to groom him as her successor. The novel ends with Finch walking down a dark, forgotten roadway, watching as all the bedlam goes on in the city.
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