Yellow is the color of protest in Bangkok.
The Nation begins a running account: The end may be near.
I just saw V for Vendetta tonight. The movie is based on a highly acclaimed graphic novel (fans of the graphic novel can’t stand the movie, as one of them told me just tonight; one of the co-creators of the graphic novel declined any participation or even identification with the film). There’s also a blog on the movie, with links to trailers and reviews. However, a central theme, Anarchism, seems to have been sanitized out of the movie.
To say that I found the domino montage as thrilling a coup de cinema as I’ve seen since DePalma first displayed his slashing mastery of crosscutting is to sound cryptic, but to be unelliptical I’d have to explain too much and wreck your fun. And make no mistake V for Vendetta is fun, dangerous fun, percussive with brutality and laced with ironic ambiguity and satirical slapstick (a Benny Hill homage, no less!). But gives the movie its rebel power is the moral seriousness that drives the action, emotion, and allegory. That’s what I didn’t expect from the Wachowski brothers (The Matrix), this angry, summoning Tom Paine moral dispatch that puts our pundits, politicians, and cable news hosts to shame. V for Vendetta instills force into the very essence of four-letter words like hate, love, and (especially) fear, and releases that force like a fist. Off come the masks, and the faces are revealed.
Some juicy quotes from the film:
V: Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. There is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.
V: People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people.
Sutler: What we need right now is a clear message to the people of this country. This message must be read in every newspaper, seen on every television… I want want everyone to remember, why they need us!
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