I'll never forget seeing this movie for the first time on the big screen. Being a big fan of the Matrix films, I was eagerly anticipating the Wachowskis' next project. And for the next 130 minutes, I was blown away. Not only was the story intricate and engaging, the acting intense and convincing, the characters sympathetic and human, but the subtext of the film was unbelievable.
At several points throughout the film my jaw dropped and I thought, "Did they just say what I thought they said?" I walked out of the theater elated and awed at what the filmmakers had created. I even had a moment of delusional optimism: "Maybe people will GET it! This could be the movie that breaks the door down!" But, like a sign from the great pessimist in the sky, my wishful thinking was promptly rebuked.
Leaving the theater I overheard a man talking with his son. They, too, had just seen the movie. Surely, he had seen what I had seen; heard what I had heard. But no. "It was a good movie," he said. "But just remember, son, it's a movie, not real life." I wanted to sock the guy in the face. How could a human see the movie and come away with such a pusillanimous and lily-livered response?
What property of human stubbornness and "thick-skulledness" can misinterpret the line, "artists use lies to tell the truth, while politicians use them to cover the truth up." But I should know better. The human mind has a hyperactive tenacity in relation to avoiding uncomfortable conclusions. Cognitive dissonance reigns supreme. If believing two contradictory pieces of information at the same time can prevent one from accepting an uncomfortable truth, our subconscious is more than willing to give us a hand.
"No son, our government would never do such a thing." Bollocks.
V for Vendetta is a no-holds-barred condemnation of the creeping fascism that has infected both the American and British systems of government; of their repeated use of false-flag operations to cow their populations into blind and terror-based submission; the presence of psychopathic individuals in said governments and all the implications that follow from that point.