“Remember, remember, the 5th of November,” a voice intones as on the screen a quick introduction shows Guy Fawkes attempting to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. Then the movie shifts to a dystopian future England, where in response to an act of terrorism, an ultra-rightwing dictatorship has supplanted democracy, and the citizens live in a “safe,” but bleak world of propaganda, curfews, and brutal police. When a masked man calling himself V, rescues a young woman named Evie from a sadistic police officer, their fates are joined together. As V reveals the truth about the past, he inspires Evie with a vision for a future in which the people are free. A daring, subversive plot to overthrow the “high commissioner,” is hatched, and V rallies the people to rise up against their corrupt government, with his ringing cry, “The people should not fear the government, the government should fear the people.”

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