JVonick Blog 6

R for Ruthless

For me, “ruthless” is a great way to describe this film. V is extremely ruthless throughout the movie, and in the end, right before he is about to die, he puts the choice to send the train in the hands of Evey. Because she realizes the corruption of the Norsefire group, she decides to send it, and while it’s because of the government, it’s a very ruthless action.

“It means that I, like God, do not play with dice and do not believe in coincidence.”

 

Images and sounds throughout the film showed me how ruthless it was. While it was with fairly valid reason (corrupt government), the actions still were merciless and elaborate in order to send a message. V was obviously the first person that you think of for this (killing throughout the movie, forcing Evey and others to suffer, etc.), but eventually Evey, as well as the people of the city at the end of the film, start to realize the government’s flaws and become ruthless as well.

The photo above, for me, while being very simple, still paints the overall picture of the story. The Guy Fawkes mask is made with a smile, but it’s more of a smirk than a smile. Throughout the film, whenever someone died or something bad would happen, I would think of V’s mask and the smile he had on it. I thought the fireworks were also a strong visual and audial symbol that represented the ruthlessness. It’s one thing to take strong actions such as blowing up buildings, but to add fire to it almost makes it somewhat satirical.

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