indie_film_geek (indie_film_geek) wrote,

Remember, remember the 5th of November...

Although trueseven is the real comic book fanatic in our home, I have always been a huge fan of Alan Moore's V FOR VENDETTA, which Warner Brothers is releasing this November (no, not on the 5th of Nov, but on Friday the 4th -- it's close enough!).

If you have lived under a rock and/or have not heard (or read) this book, seek immediate medial attention as you may have been in a narcoleptic fit for 30 years! :)

I saw the trailer this week at work, and they just released it on the website -- VIEW IT HERE!

The trailer kicks ass... But more importantly its theme seems to be headed in the correct direction. Quotes from the trailer include the famous "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." and from the ruler, "I want everyone to know that they need us."

I think this film has a very good chance to say something rather special at this time in history. I mean it's a story where the main character is a terrorist blowing up buildings in London!

Do you sympathize with the protagonist (who is clearly a terrorist)? Yes, because you agree with him morally and politically. The American Forefathers would have been considered terrorist for trying to overturn the King's governing body in the US, but we celebrate their acts of revolution. Where Guy Fawkes (the historic figure V dresses like) is burned in effigy each year to commemorate his failed attempt to overthough the King of England in 1605. So, the line between terrorism and freedom fighter and revolutionist can become very thin, and that subject may be extremely interesting to see played out...

No one wants to idolize cowardly acts of violence against innocent civilians, and I don't think anyone would disagree with that. However, as a world recently obsessed with what 'terrorism' means to us on a daily basis I think this film could make some very interesting statements.

If you are interested in learning more about V or want to read an awesome ESSAY (pre-London, post 9/11) about V and terrorism, you should check out the SHADOW GALLERY. This is one of the best comic book fan sites in the world.

If you want to see more about the film, WB's website is HERE.

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