V for Vendetta

Essay by babbottHigh School, 10th gradeA, September 2014

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ENGLISH 1.2 Beatrice Abbott

Show understanding of specified aspect(s) of studied visual or oral text(s), using supporting evidence.

Describe at least ONE important idea from the text(s) that you could still apply today.

Explain why this idea could still apply today supporting your points with examples of visual and / or oral language features


The film "V for Vendetta," directed by James McTeigue tells the story of a masked vigilante living in a dystopian version of Great Britain. The character only known as V is dedicated to freeing his fellow citizens from their tyrannical government who have terrorized them into compliance. One important idea in the film that can still be applied today is the power a government can have over its people. This idea has been conveyed in a number of different ways including camera angles and shots, mise en scene and dialogue.

McTeigue uses the technique of camera angles and shots to convey the memorable idea of a government's power over its people.

Whilst Evey is walking to Gordon's house at night, long shots of dark, deserted streets are shown. These long shots enable the surveillance camera and loudspeaker reading out a yellow coded curfew to be in clear view. McTeigue chose to use the camera angle of long shots so that the audience can understand that the environment of Great Britain is dark, secretive and threatening. The long shots of the empty streets accompanied with objects such as the loudspeaker and surveillance camera show that the government has abused their power to such an extent that objects once used for safety and protection are now utilized to control and intimidate. The camera angle of close-ups is used in V for Vendetta when the finger men (government officials) have just captured Evey who is out...