V for Vendetta takes place in England in the not-too-distant future when Britain has resorted to a dictatorship to maintain order. The power-hungry supreme chancellor callously manipulates military, media, and faith to force citizens into submission, creating what might properly and paradoxically be termed a communist theocracy. Religion is so thoroughly abused in the chancellor's hands that the motto of the state, visible on posters throughout London, ironically reads, “Strength through unity; Unity through faith.”
Against this political setting, a mysterious hero emerges, known only as V. Natalie Portman's character, Evey, encounters him plotting to bomb Parliament in order to restore justice to England. When she becomes a prisoner in his house, the two unconvincingly fall for one another, even though she cannot see his face and he cannot remember his own identity.
Initially, this film fascinated me with its elaborate plot and creative setting. I even admired its political relevance, until it became clear that V for Vendetta is a deliberate attack on the Church's defense of morality. Not only is Christianity aligned with a brutal dictatorship, this theocracy is responsible for systematically murdering homosexuals throughout England. The film's only Catholic figure is a bishop openly indulging his pedophilia, unfortunately a character type which is becoming a familiar cliché in contemporary cinema. As Catholic teaching on sexual morality is misrepresented as violence in yet another film, we are reminded of the constant need to avoid this stereotype by exercising kindness and charity when proclaiming the truth.