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20V For Vendetta (2005)

This movie was based on a graphic novel that came out in 1988, which most likely accounts for its cult-like status in pop culture. It stars Natalie Portman as Evey and Hugo Weaving as V, a role that's become iconic, so much

so that his Guy Fawkes mask has become a hacker’s symbol of resistance of choice (it’s the one used by the Anonymous hacker group). The movie made a respectable amount at the box office at $132 million, and got solid, if not often overly enthusiastic reviews across the board, including a 73 rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Is it really worth your time? Maybe. Maybe not. Among the movie’s often cited beefs is the way Portman’s character, the titular V, becomes a romantic heroine, rather than the gritty and even ruthless character of the graphic novel. It changes the nature of the story, and it’s less exciting than it should be. If you like the idea, read the graphic novel instead.

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