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Hammerman Ikon Film Guide

V for Vendetta
Director: James McTeigue
Cast: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, John Hurt, Stephen Fry, Tim Pigott-Smith, Rupert Graves, Roger Allam, Ben Miles, Sinéad Cusack

In the near future, Britain has turned into a fascist dictatorship, where dissidents are jailed or killed. A mysterious masked insurgent called V wants to overthrow the regime, or is he just out for revenge? This captivating and entertaining dystopia is based on Alan Moore's comic book and scripted by the Wachowskis. The action scenes are a bit clunky and too similar to The Matrix in style, but at least they serve a gripping and thought-provoking story. However, the Nazi references did not need to be quite so obvious (the name of the shouty dictator is Sutler).