Scathing political views, a guy in a mask, a few pieces of pyrotechnic work, a bald Natalie Portman, and one evil government later, V for Vendetta comes to a close. You'll either leave enlightened by someone else's views or wonder why you wasted the time. This graphic-novel based yawner falls flat since it's not an original concept and the main character is lifeless.
It's hard to act behind a mask and Hugo Weaving does what he can behind the smiling face of V. This masked madman has had enough of an oppressive government, and decides to dismantle it one person at a time. The focus is certainly split between V and the government trying to stop him, neither bringing much to the film.
To say the film has a message is an understatement, one that boils down to a typical cliché-ridden "government = bad/people = free." It stuffs that message into the viewer as often as possible, also dabbling in corruption and a manipulative media. It's been done countless times before, leaving V himself as the only original concept in the film.
Weaving, also known for playing a few thousand characters in the Matrix series as Agent Smith, plays an enthusiastic V. Dialogue is sharp, meaningful, and entertaining. His early speech, using almost nothing but words that start with the letter V, is priceless, and leads into the character's sometimes on, sometimes off sanity.
Sadly, it doesn't amount to much as a predictable ending finishes things off in a blaze. A few fight scenes offer some nice style, gore, and choreography, though that's one of the minor highlights. Natalie Portman plays a regular citizen slowly and violently brought over to V's side with only a little flair.
If tyrannical governments are a fixture of your movie watching, you can view numerous other Hollywood efforts like the upcoming Logan's Run remake, Soylent Green, or, of course, Nineteen Eighty Four. V for Vendetta adds little to the genre aside from a slight super hero angle and extensive preaching. Fiction movies are about entertainment, not constant political bashing.