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Besides shopping for dresses, I have wondered what the Wachowski Brothers have been up to the past year or so. When not at the local mall, it seems the two masterminds have been making a potential blockbuster to save the legacy tarnished by two unnecessary follow-ups.
Andy and Larry Wachowski’s outstanding The Matrix was followed by two horribly mediocre sequels that have frankly lessened my opinion on the original. That isn’t fair but paying full price to see Reloaded and Revolutions isn’t either. The brothers hope to strike gold again with V for Vendetta. Production recently wrapped on the film starring Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Rupert Graves, and Stephen Frey. From it’s own website, Vendetta is “set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain. [It] tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey (Portman) who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked vigilante (Weaving) known only as ‘V.’ Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he detonates two London landmarks and takes over the government-controlled airwaves, urging his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about V’s mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself—and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plot to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption.” Wow. That’s a lot of words and I bet you still don’t have an idea what it is about. That’s OK. Nobody understood The Matrix either and it turned out OK.
Instead of directing, the Wachowski Brothers have pulled a Lucas and will be producers along with Joel Silver for Vendetta. James McTeigue, who was an assistant director with The Matrix Trilogy and Epidode II: Attack of the Clones, is at the helm. This will be McTeigue’s first feature film as director. I wouldn’t worry about that with Silver and the brothers micro-managing every minute detail. He might as well have puppet strings attached to his ass.
Will this be revolutionary like The Matrix or underwhelming like it’s sequels? It’s too early to tell. Scroll down to see the recently released teaser posters for V for Vendetta. The first seems eerily like Van Helsing artwork. Vendetta will ride into theatres on November 4th.