... have been watched this weekend, making this quite a cinematic week by my usually paltry standards. Notable are the Wachowskis' 'adaptation' of Alan Moore's V For Vendetta, and the 'geo-political thriller' Syriana.
V for Vendetta is as Orwellian and dysptopian as it gets. While I quite like the Matrix-esque ultra-cool feel of the film, it does run contrary in a way to the graphic novel. V, in the film, is a hero and a martyr, as opposed to Moore's perpetually reborn anarchist; "an IDEA, not a man". A lot of Moore's subplots have been dispensed with. It's far less extreme and hard-hitting than the book, but I guess that had to be done to make money. I heard that they were trying to release on the 5th of November to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the Guy Fawkes's Gunpowder Plot thingie. Which would have ben quite some touch, except that political forces stepped in, in the aftermath of the London blasts. Sheesh. Two touches I really like about the film are the mass-mailing of the masks, and the Stones' 'Street-Fighting Man' during end credits (which the bastards at Symphony turned off, half-way through). Did it fit right in, or what. No anarchist film is complete without the Stones, I say.
The 'terrorism' and big-brothering continued into Syriana, which is like a modern day John Le Carre tale, with (naturally) the oil industry for backdrop. This is a good watch, with a twisted hypertexty film plot and some far-out dialogue. Steve Soderbergh, George Clooney and Steven Gaghan (scriptwriter also for Traffic, and turned down offer to adapt Da Vinci Code trash (ha!)) are names I will continue to keep an eye out for. And Matt Damon continues to get on my nerves.
Watch both films, if you haven't. They're worth it.