A new movie characterized as a “terrorist-supporting, anti-Christian, neo-Marxist, left-wing propaganda” film by one prominent critic led the nation’s box-office this weekend.
It’s called “V for Vendetta,” the screenplay written by Andy and Larry Wachowski, creators of the “Matrix” trilogy.
Ted Baehr, a columnist for WND and the president of the Christian magazine Movieguide called it “a vile, pro-terrorist piece of neo-Marxist, left-wing propaganda filled with radical sexual politics and nasty attacks on religion and Christianity. ”
“The ending of ‘V for Vendetta’ celebrates terrorism when the movie’s three most sympathetic characters carry out an evil plan to blow up England’s Parliament building, one of Western Civilization’s most enduring symbols of democracy and republican government with a small ‘r,'” he wrote.
Baehr also says the whole movie is “a thinly veiled attack on the War on Terror now being waged by Prime Minister Tony Blair in Great Britain and President George W. Bush in the United States.”
The final credits include recordings of Malcolm X spewing racial hatred and violence and recordings of Gloria Steinem “spewing her brand of male-hating, Christian-bashing, androgynous sexual politics.”
“The rest of ‘V for Vendetta’ not only depicts Christians as evil people who oppress and torture ‘innocent’ people, it also depicts homosexuals as a persecuted, harmless minority of ‘nice’ people,” wrote Baehr.
Ironically, points out Baehr, a homosexual character who owns homosexual pornography also owns a banned copy of the Quran.
While “V for Vendetta” was pulling in an estimated $26.1 million on its opening weekend, the next most successful film was “Failure to Launch,” with a modest $15.8 million by comparison. “The Shaggy Dog” was next with $13.6 million. And “She’s the Man” was fourth with $11 million.
The movie focuses on an avenging warrior, “V,” played by Hugo Weaving (Agent Smith in the “Matrix” movies) pitted against a corrupt future despotic regime.
Critic David Kempler writes: “‘V for Vendetta’ is an action film disguised in pseudo heavy meaning that is as subtle as getting hit by a flatiron across the face. The saving grace for the film is the last 20 or so minutes. The story doesn’t get any better, but there are some very well choreographed fight and riot scenes to look at. That’s about as good as it gets here. A week after you see it, you’ll remember almost none of it but that’s not necessarily an entirely bad thing.”
About the terrorism promoted in the movie, actress Natalie Portman explained: “It’s less of a message and more of a question which is ‘when, if ever, is violence justified’? And you can say that there are certain situations when it is justified.”
The film very clearly suggests the idea that one person’s terrorist may be another person’s freedom fighter.
“The film is about asking questions and presenting ideas and hopefully you take some of the questions and ideas out of the cinema and think about them and discuss them with your friends,” said director James McTeigue.
Critic Manohla Dargis had this to say: “Thumb suckers of the world unite: The most hotly anticipated film of the, er, week, ‘V for Vendetta,’ has arrived, complete with manufactured buzz and some apparently genuine British outrage. … Is the man in the mask who wants to make Parliament go boom Osama bin Laden or Patrick Henry? Or just a Phantom of the Opera clone who likes to kick back to the cult sounds of Antony and the Johnsons? Your guess is as good as mine, and I’ve seen the film.”
Critic Peter Bradshaw wrote: “It’s also for Valueless gibberish. Yet another graphic novel has been bulldozed on to the screen, strutting its stuff for an assumed army of uncritical geeks – a fan base product from which the fan base has been amputated. This film manages to be, at all times, weird and bizarre and baffling, but in a completely boring way. Watching it is like having the oxygen supply to your brain slowly starved over more than two hours.”
“This is the marketing of terrorism,” said WND Managing Editor David Kupelian, author of the bestselling book, “The Marketing of Evil.” “When I saw Britain’s Parliament building coming down in the final scene, I couldn’t help thinking of the World Trade Center towers coming down.
“Many people around the world actually think the 9-11 terrorists were heroes,” he added, “because they think America is evil. ‘Vendetta’ will push a few more lost souls over the edge, helping them believe the monsters threatening to annihilate multitudes of Americans in future attacks are heroic freedom fighters, not terrorists. The movie intentionally blurs the line between the two.”
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