The inedible dialogue “remember, remember the fifth of November,” reminiscent of an eternal revolutionary effervescence is a dialogue from the movie V for Vendetta.
In this time of political enthusiasm and the expanding opinions in the social-political landscapes, a need for change has led us to remember a film from 2005 whose philosophical ideas are still relevant today. The film was made by James McTeigue based on a DC Vertigo graphic novel written by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, which explored the turbulent United Kingdom reeling from a fascist regime led by Adam Sutler. Sutler receives no challenge to his brutal dictatorship until the point an obscure man wearing a mask called V (played by Hugo Weaving) threatens to challenge him. He attempts to start a rebellion in the city by causing a few bomb blasts across the capital. He takes the help of a young and enthusiastic reporter Evey (played by Natalie Portman), to destabilize the regime and start a new just world.
The film was released in 2005, and now even after 15 years, its ideas and morals are still significant. The mask, worn by the protagonist V commonly called the Guy Fawkes mask, is now an accepted symbol of anarchism and the icon of the hacker group Anonymous. The film had taught us that civilians must not be afraid of the authority, and it is the authority who must fear the civilians. It does not matter how many times you have watched the film; there is always something new to know with every watch of it. A Redditor with the name u/Ruxini discovered one such detail that has been overlooked by many all these years.
The Redditor shared a picture of an image from one of the scenes and asked his readers what that scene is all about. The image we are talking about depicted a helpless blonde woman tied to ropes, and behind him is a mannequin of an Islamic person. If you are not familiar with comics, you will not understand that the scene has a very profound background in graphic novels. There is a propagandist tv channel in the novel that showcases a program titled “Storm Saxon.” The Redditor mentioned above has pointed out that the scene depicts how a tv channel controlled by the state’s affluence and authority is used for propaganda that serves the state.
The scene insinuated that the High Chancellor Adam Sutler had paid off a news channel to continuously show why a citizen of the state must be fearful of the outsiders and why he should only reside in Britain and, more importantly, how Sutler is his only salvation, his only hero. The scene showed how the government instills fear into the minds of the citizens and how the authorities make themselves relevant in the lives of people through a tv channel, advertisements, or even a quote.
The film V for Vendetta is a movie that gets made only once in a decade. It could easily make its way to the top 20 films of the 21st century. Although Natalie Portman was not an established actress, her performance got a nod from fans and critics alike. She has also won a Saturn Award for her portrayal of Evey, which is still one of the best performances to date.
The magic of the narrative lies in the fact that you could simultaneously regard the film as a commentary on the history and a prophecy for the future. The film showcased brutal suppression of the voices, and if you can read today’s newspaper, you would realize how prescient the film was.
I am leaving you with a small quote from Stephen King that described the whole point of “V for Vendetta” -“Fear. That is all they got on you.”
Hugo Weaving starrer is available for view on Netflix.
David Maxwell is a creative person who has been writing blogs and articles about cybersecurity. He writes about the latest updates regarding mcafee.com/activate and how it can improve the work experience of users. His articles have been published in many popular e-magazines, blogs and websites.