Rented V for Vendetta yesterday based on the positive reviews here.
Before viewing, I was a little skeptical about a movie that was said to condone terrorism. However, I see no correlation with the movie and real-life events. For starters, the civilian population were not the targets and the goal was not to terrorize/kill them... quite the opposite.
I'm also suspending my suspicion that this was a blast on the US, Britain, and Christianity.
Yes, the movie attacked "conservative Christians" openly... and made a big deal about the Koran a couple of times (yet nobody in the movie believes in it... do you find that intriguing?). They also imply the governments are capable of attacks on their own population to seize civil liberties.
I think this movie was a Trojan horse. Flip the nations and religions.... the movie is palatable in countries where totalitarianism, government censorship, media control, and a certain religion is currently reigning... and we all know it's not the US or Britain.
The W. Brothers are well known for trying to preach in their movies (politics and religion). Not everyone agrees with their methods, politics, or theology, but this certainly was another cut of the Matrix.
The movie also correctly identifies itself for what it is... a plot knock off of the Count of Monte Cristo (with a little dab of Phantom of the Opera too). I was please that they acknowledged it, because I would have felt deceived/cheated otherwise.
Great flick, left me thinking. 9.5/10 (didn't find the cursing necessary, e.g. "JC!", but they do this in a bunch of their movies).