The author also says that it holds no social meaning to an American audience. This also is nonsense. The whole film is so Americanized, it?s ridiculous. For example, if the film was made for a British audience, the first scene with Guy Fawkes wouldn?t need to be in the film; everyone in England knows that V?s mask was of Guy Fawkes. Secondly, all of the flags in the film before the totalitarian government are a mix of American, English and Nazi German flags. Why would American flags need to be incorporated if this holds no message to an American audience?
The plot line of the film also parallels American society. The epidemic that spreads across England in the movie symbolizes the people?s fear of terrorism after Sept. 11 that spread like a virus. In the movie, the result of the epidemic is people put more faith and trust in the government to give them power, which they abuse as a totalitarian government.
Americans did the exact same thing; willing to give up certain liberties all in the name of security from terror (i.e. The PATRIOT Act).
As a result, the leader of the government assumed more power for himself and ended up being a tyrant. This is meant to represent how Bush has taken power away from the other branches of government and assumed it for himself; such as going to war with Iraq without Congress declaring war or authorizing wiretaps without the approval of congress.
Evey (Natalie Portman) symbolizes the typical American. She sees the flaws in the government?s policies, but feels trapped because if she speaks out against them, she would be considered a terrorist and unpatriotic. Finally, V doesn?t represent a person; but rather he is the American zeitgeist. That is why he?s never seen as a person, but rather always dressed up in a costume, or more importantly, as a symbol. I don?t want to give away the ending, but also think about Natalie Portman?s last line of the movie.