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Friday, March 10 12:00 AM ET

Trailer Review: V for Vendetta

By Brian Briggs


Trailer Quicktime

Natalie Portman
Hugo Weaving

Director James McTeigue
Official Site Link
US Opening

March 17 , 2006

Rated R
Genre Action, Sci-Fi
Explosions 6
Weapons Explosives, knife, handgun, mask, nightstick, assault rifles

Man Quotient


(Explosions + Weapons + Hot Babes - Kisses)/ Minutes

Voiceover No
Déjà Vu
Spoilage Factor 25%
Geek Factor 45%
See Trailer? Yes
See Movie? Yes

After surviving Pink Panther and Ultraviolet, I finally get a good trailer to review. It's not just relatively good (which would be too difficult), but solidly good. V for Vendetta stars Hugo Weaving as V and Natalie Portman as the standard attractive woman in danger.

The trailer opens with Natalie telling us that she is afraid all the time. What is she afraid of? She's afraid of you and your unhealthy obsession with her. OK, that's not in the trailer, but you know it's true. Next we get shots of a Hitlerian dictator exalting the masses with troops marching.

V appears. He says, "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." He then blows up a government building. That ought to scare them.

We're told that people caught violated curfew will be prosecuted. Unfortunately, Natalie didn't see the public service announcement. She's caught walking around the streets of London after curfew. The enforcement officers have an unhealthy obsession with Natalie too.

My name is Inigo Montoya...

In swoops the masked man to save her. He is not a merciful hero. He's pissed. No saving the bad guys for another day. He offs them.

We never see behind the mask, which is a good because we'd be all like, "Hey, Elrond is V!" or "Agent Smith is V!" and that would just be confusing to most people.

Killing their rapist lackeys and blowing up their buildings doesn't sit too well with the government. The government must find this V and stop him. Their leverage? Natalie.

Natalie's parents were detained when she was twelve. Rather, abducted in the night by government forces never to be seen again.

We find out the government is responsible for the death of 100,000 people. "Do you really want to know?" says one government official. Clearly V does, because he says that those responsible will be held accountable V-man style with a knife to the face!

Now we get the standard action movie montage with V as the indestructible hero. While the formula mirrors to Aeon Flux and Ultraviolet, the execution is superior. This one didn't cause nausea or vomiting. This trailer made me want to go see the movie. Imagine that.

It closes with "The only verdict is vengeance" from the vivacious, vivisecting V-man.

Conclusion on Trailer: Dark and intense. Interesting story and excellent execution. Worth the download and the viewing.

Conclusion on Movie: The trailer is good, but that doesn't guarantee a good movie. I have some hope that V will turn out to be a good one, so I recommend seeing it.

Not sure if you should believe me? Check out the Dysfunctional Family of Five reviews at DeadBrain.

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