As is the case with many science fiction books, graphic novels are often set in a bleak and harsh environment. Graphic novels have been made into many successful movies and later this summer, "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" will be released in theatres. One of the most memorable films in this genre is "V for Vendetta," from 2006.
"V for Vendetta" is set in a fascist Great Britain of the future, which is ruled with autocratic severity by High Chancellor Adam Suttler (played by John Hurt). One evening, Evey (played by Natalie Portman), a young blue-collar woman, is out past curfew and is stopped by men who work for the government. They start to attack her, but are confronted by the mysterious V (played by Hugo Weaving), who wears a strange costume and a Guy Fawkes mask. The next day, V goes to the television station where Evey works to put out a message. He is almost caught, but Evey maces a cop to prevent this from happening. The vigilante brings her to his home, and she is upset when she learns she cannot leave. This is because she would be forced to betray his whereabouts. As Evey is with him, his actions are investigated by Inspector Finch (played by Stephen Rea) and his assistant, Dominic (played by Rupert Graves).
"V for Vendetta" works because the title character is a memorable one. He is interesting because his face is never seen. Also, although he kills a lot of people, we still feel some sympathy for him since he is a fighter for his people. He is skilled in combat and often uses knives. V is well played by Hugo Weaving, who makes him very theatrical.
Natalie Portman is equally good as Evey, who grows to respect V more as the story progresses. Portman does a great job speaking with an English accent.
"V for Vendetta" is worth seeing for its interesting story and strong performances.