I'm a Wachowski Brothers partisan. Forced to examine the Matrix films in detail for writing the game, I came to appreciate the depth of their thinking, the internal logic, and the pains taken to create something exceptional.
It was unnerving to learn they would next tackle (with director James McTeigue) V for Vendetta as their next film. Though they started on the project years ago, 9/11 changed the climate completely, and a film about a hero bomber suddenly seemed like, well, suicide.
That was then. Now we know the underbelly of the war on terror...the 'special renditions,' secret prisons, the torture with elaborate legal justifications, the imprisonment without charges or trial, the data-mining of Americans, the wiretapping of domestic calls, the lies that sold the war.
It isn't time to bomb parliament (we have elections), but the fantasy of doing so is less incomprehensible than it once was. SF always takes present trends and pushes them to extremes.
It's sure to be lacerated in the culture wars, but it's a relief to learn that no less a cultural light than James Wolcott says that doesn't matter. The movie works. It works great.
V for Vendetta is fun, dangerous fun, percussive with brutality and laced with ironic ambiguity and satirical slapstick (a Benny Hill homage, no less!).
...[what] 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.