Preview by: Jack Foley
ONE OF the big films of the autumn/winter period, V For Vendetta,
has been hit by controversy following the recent terror attacks
The film, produced by Joel Silver and starring a bald Natalie
Portman, is set in the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain,
when a man cloaked in mystery ignites a revolution.
Portman stars as a freedom fighter who becomes an unlikely ally
who helps the man take on the state.
From its trailer alone, the film looks like a curious mix of
Zorro and graphic novels, with its emphasis clearly on action.
It co-stars Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, John Hurt and Stephen
Fry (among others) and is directed by James McTiegue, who served
as first assistant director on The
Matrix trilogy and Star
Wars: Episode III.
During the course of filming, Silver
was given special permission to film at several of London's most
prominent tourist attractions - many of which are being seen destroyed
in the film.
And it is this that could become a potential sticking point with
audiences as the memory of the recent terror attacks continues
to be a burden to all who live and work in the capital.
According to various reports, the final scene, in particular,
involves the bombing of a London Underground train which may prove
a little too insensitive for the majority of audiences.
But Silver remains bullish and upbeat and maintained that V For
Vendetta is 'a fictional story' which is smart and 'the good guys
He also suggested that the controversy surrounding it may help
the movie, given that 'it a controversial film and a controversial
"It's important to try and understand what leads people
to terrorism," he is quoted as saying. "There should
be lots of movies made about terrorists."
He was backed by McTiegue, who maintained that terrorism is something
that never really goes away.
The film is set for release on November 5 - so it remains to
be seen whether UK audiences embrace it or turn their backs on
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