V for Vendetta: a Critique

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When I was 14, I watched “V for Vendetta”, a movie based on the graphic novel of the same name. It’s an action movie about a dystopian, Orwellian future in the UK, and one man’s attempts to bring freedom back. Many denounce the movie as merely anarchist propaganda, but I believe that it is more than just that. I believe that it is about modern moral ambiguity, taking responsibility for one’s own wants and needs, and freedom conquering oppression. The moral ambiguity of the film is one of the most shockingly relevant criticisms of modern time. The totalitarian Norsefire regime ruling dystopian Britain is portrayed as the greater evil that V, the protagonist, must defeat. In reality, who’s to say who is good and bad? According to the future, it’s the only country in Europe that is still standing in light of a pandemic that has destroyed the countryside. At the same time, the oppression of the citizens is reminiscent of Pol Pot’s Cambodia, Stalin’s Russia and Hitler’s Germany. The government controls who lives and dies, and there’s even a Holocaust-like purge taking place. V, on the ot...
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