V for Vendetta: The movie industry finds Guy Fawkes
Well, it took a long time.
It wasn't quite as easy a sell as, say, making Harry Potter into a screen hero,
but Hollywood has finally found its way to Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot
via Alan Moore's dark and dystopian V for Vendetta.
In this post-apocalyptic graphic novel (for old-fashioned readers, you might know "graphic novels" as "comic books")
about the loss of freedom and identity in a Britain that has become a totalitarian state, "V", a superhuman vigilante who models himself on Guy Fawkes, tries to
liberate his homeland. From the trailers, it appears the Wachowski brothers (of The Matrix fame)
have stayed pretty close to the story, though obviously injecting it with elements that are relevant today. Stars Natalie Portman, Stephen Rea, and Hugo Weaving, and directed by James McTeigue.
- All Movie Guide Synopsis:
"Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, V for Vendetta takes place in an alternate vision of Britain in which a corrupt
and abusive totalitarian government has risen to complete power. During a threatening run in with the secret police, an
unassuming young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) is rescued by a vigilante named V (Hugo Weaving) -- a caped figure both
articulate and skilled in combat. V embodies the principles of rebellion from an authoritarian state, donning a mask of
vilified would-be terrorist of British history Guy Fawkes and leading a revolution sparked by assassination and destruction.
Evey becomes his unlikely ally, newly aware of the cruelty of her own society and her role in it."