"People should not be afraid of the government.
The government should be afraid of the people."
That is the tagline of the movie 'V for Vendetta' and an appropriate one it is too, especially in this day and age.
The movie tells the story of a terrorist named 'V' who sets out to topple an oppressive government. This oppressive government, in this movie is the government of England. However, some of the things it shows this government doing bring to mind such stories as '1984' and even many of the events of today. In this movie, we see the persecution of homosexuals, we see the banning of many books and artwork. We see the controlling of the media. We see the government staging tragedies to affect change of opinion. We see totalitarian governments use this manipulation to take over.
These scenes very much bring to mind some of the things we are seeing today, though to a much lesser degree. We see the Bush Administration campaigning against gay marriage, we see books and artwork being banned in our schools. We hear conspiracy theories that the government staged 9/11. All these things we encounter in the world today are amplified in this story. This story is scary in a sense because it takes what we already see today and simply amplifies it to a very possible future. That happens in this movie could very well happen today. In fact, in some countries, such as Iran, North Korea and China, we already see these things.
This movie, like few others before it has the ability to really make you think about the world we live in and where it is going. These are the kind of movies I like. It doesn't have to have a lot of brainless action to interest me. Movies like this, and Gattaca (a movie about 'perfect people') really make you think about what the future may hold.