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"The Matrix" Makers Bring on "V for Vendetta"

Though not a horror film, to those who abide by strict genre definitions, "V for Vendetta" looks like something to keep an eye on. Comic book adaptations don't have a very good track record, but this one looks a bit different. John Hurt is in it, for one thing. Not a bad start. Also, the hero is something of a terrorist (there's the horror angle, in case you're curious). Before making any snap judgments, at least take a gander at the trailer by clicking here.

It's impossible to know how layered the film's social commentary will be, but it's bound to knead controversy among the hoi polloi. The Hollywood Reporter describes it as being "draped in some awfully Nazi-ish iconography." Never a bad aesthetic to lean on when trying to juggle themes of evil, totalitarianism and the erosion of civil liberties--even if "Vendetta" has more to do with real modern politics than it does with history.

"Vendetta" marks a departure from the "Matrix" films for writers Andy and Larry Wachowski. Perhaps they have another franchise on their hands. Or maybe we'll get lucky and the box office receipts will come in mid-range, sentencing "Vendetta" to one-off status. On the count of three, let's all open our prayer books. The IMDb assures us that "Vendetta" will begin terrorizing U.S. screens on March 17, 2006.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on December 24, 2005 10:07 AM
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