V for Vendetta-we need more V's.
I really love the movie, V for Vendetta. Not because it is necessary the greatest movie ever made but because of its' central message. Its' theme of opposition to tyranny. Braveheart expressed this same sentiment with the Scots opposing the English invading and conquoring Scotland. Well, V (I will use that for shorthand for now) does the same thing but in a science fiction setting. Science fiction by the way isn't as much about the technology employed by the authors of those works but the utilization of setting and technology to tell a story and message that cannot be told as well with ordinary fiction. What V tells the audience is that while man might have the boot of the tyrant on his neck as stated by George Orwell and illustrated in his great book 1984, there is still hope. 1984 wasn't just about a fascist state or a communist state but any state that deprives its' citizens of basic rights. To be clear, I wish to state I am reviewing the movie V, not the book because I have not read the book currently but I am planning on doing so. V, the main character, states in two seperate line words that stir the soul.
"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people".
Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.
When I watch a movie like V, I get inspired. I might not have written letters for Human Rights Watch or Amnesty International or Amnesty International USA for a couple of weeks. As a citizen of a nation where it isn't illegal for me to criticize the government it is unfortunate that it is in too much of the world. Nations like China, Burma and especially North Korea. I as a person lucky to be born into a liberal democracy cannot let my liberty go to waste like flower in a vase. It is must be watered constantly and the fruits of that isn't only for liberty here in the US but places where it doesn't grow in other parts of the world, but where it will one day.