I’m not a fan of “The Matrix” trilogy or most of the Washowski brothers movies. But they really outdid themselves in “V For Vendetta”. In fact, I don’t think they’ll ever make a movie as fresh and beautiful as this one. Hugo Weaving (who else?) is terrific as the masked vigilante known as “V”, who promises to bring back freedom to a society ruled by cruelty and corruption. Natalie Portman plays the woman who uncover’s V’s mysterious subterannean lair (in a scene that reminds me of “The Phantom Of The Opera”) and emerges as his unlikely ally in his fight against the totalitarian regime. The movie opens with a bang, then falls into a lull of exposition, before it reaches an unforgettable and (might I add) fitting finale. Everyone is good, but it’s John Hurt who’s incredibly believable as the chancellor. One of the best movies of 2006, and quite possibly one of my all time favorites aswell.
Fun fact: The domino scene, where V tips over black and red dominoes to form a giant letter V, involved 22,000 dominoes. It took 4 professional domino assemblers 200 hours to set it up.