V For Vendetta was directed by James McTeigue in 2004. It is a film that presents a dystopian future where England has fallen to a fascist regime. Against this government a single man tries to restore freedom. The film addresses many issues but the focus of this essay will be…. and how McTeigue effectively uses to cinematic techniques to achieve this.
A young woman (Evey) is drawn into the attempts of a masked “terrorist” (V) to overthrow the fascist government in England. Gradually, Evey is persuaded of the evils of her government and, by the time V is killed, she has adopted his revolutionary ideas and finishes his work; destroying the Houses of Parliament, a symbol of the wickedness of the government.