Remember, Remember The Fifth of November


Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot,
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

V for Vendetta is much more than another feel good “Let’s blow up Parliament” movie. It’s not the Matrix Part Four or a color version of Sin City. And despite the rumors you might have heard, the highlight of the movie for me was not the young South American shaped girl with low rider jeans passing up and down in front of me, occasionally brushing her… …legs against my knees. No, that was not the highlight. It (the brushing) was highly entertaining and pleasantly distracting, but it was not the highlight. Though it(the movie) was quite entertaining, it was much more than bits and pieces of clever dialog punctuated by diabolical action sequences. This movie made a statement about the state of the World and one likely cure if governments forget their true purpose and don’t stop screwing the people.

I never understood why people would describe something in terms of its components when it was designed to be used or enjoyed as a whole. People often review equipment, movies, books and low riding jeans in terms of two general categories what I liked and what I didn’t care for. They almost always list these care for and don’t care for items in bullet form for easy reading. The better reviews also put up photographs of low riding jeans viewed from every enjoyable angle. Today I will abandon tradition and use words to describe a movie which is too good for words and reviews.

To give you an insight as to the plot I will quote these words from the main character in the movie, V:

V: People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people.

It is a movie which some would say supports terrorism as a way to solve the problem of evil, oppressive and obsessive governments. The phrase “Remember, remember, the fifth of November” haunted the viewer throughout and it left the audience with a feeling of satisfaction up to the very end. V for Vendetta says that some governments are made up of ruthless, selfish people who use lies, deception, and fear to manipulate and control the citizens. The movie points out that there will come a time when the public will say they have had enough and a leader, called a terrorist by the government, will emerge to help take back the country from the evil, self serving government. I don’t see terrorism as an issue in the movie but I do see evil, oppressive governments as the main one.

I would say the Wachowski brothers of The Matrix fame made another excellent movie which cannot be analyzed into its components because everything fits so well together it would be impossible to take it apart. At the end of the movie I was overwhelmed with the feeling to blow up a building while listening to Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture booming away on an iPod.

A traitor to the Government can be a hero to the people. ~ another V

4 thoughts on “Remember, Remember The Fifth of November

  1. “Those who are responsible will be held accountable” – V

    It’d be nice if people took movies seriously enough to inspire action…or at least enough feeling to produce some sort of change. Then again, this may only be feasible in certain cases, otherwise there would be people imitating Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, or the two chicks in Thelma and Louise. And that might not be cool.

    I suppose it’s not the thing, it’s the idea. Like V said. And ideas are bulletproof. Hopefully someday people everywhere will have the courage to stand up to their governments.

    Till then we can be willingly subject to them. But it’s apparently all okay, since we can relax on Sunday afternoon, and go watch good movies like V for Vendetta.

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    In 1980, the song by Pink Floyd, Another Brick in the Wall part 2, was banned in South Africa after students took it up as an anthem and boycotted schools, which was considered a stepping stone for citizens to revolt against an oppressive government.

    I don’t think V for Vendetta will cause a similar uproar but who knows what a government will think, if they do think, that is. The people who make up governments believe that they have a divine right to power and will protect their addiction at all cost. Governments are actually very afraid of the people and that is why so much effort is placed on propaganda, censorship, media manipulation, police, armies, and hiding kick-backs. Even in countries where dictators rule they rule with an iron hand, they rule by sparing no effort to let citizens know their place as servants to their leaders.

    I would say the greatest threat to human existence is not the threat of illegal drugs, pollution, religion, asteroids, x-rated movies, or even PMS, but power addiction. The quest for power is not a quest for money, but a quest to be adored and be like a god, even if you have to beat people into submission to get them to worship you.

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