I finally got round to watching V For Vendetta and I have to say I was a little disappointed with the movie over all. It lacked depth and tension.
That said I thought the ideas it dealt with are a timely reminder of what could be. On this morning’s news I heard that the Archbishop of York was warning that the UK could slip into becoming a police state. He was speaking out in opposition to proposals for police to be able to detain suspects for up to 90 days without charge, and I agree with him. We need only look back over recent history to see that it is possible for people to manipulate the public through fear. Hitler did it. Bush is doing it. Blair is doing it. Fear is a powerful emotion, easily created and channeled.
V For Vendetta is set in such a police state where fear of people who are different has led to repression and torture of those who are seen as different. A man known only as V starts a chain of events based on the Gunpowder Plot. One of the things I liked about the film was that at the end it needs lots of people to act to make the change.
What did confuse me was the choice of the Houses of Parliament as the target. Surely Parliament is a symbol of democracy? But then again… maybe not.