Monday, August 28, 2006

V for Vendetta: The Ugly

Spoiler warning: I will reveal plot details in this post.

We've been through the Bad and the Good. V for Vendetta also offered some serious Ugly. I touched on it in both previous posts, but I'll go into a little more depth here.

The most bothersome notion in the movie is the idea that Christianity is a religion of hatred and oppression. That they described the Dictator as a man of deep faith was beyond absurd. It was beyond infuriating. But it was totally expected.

Jesus Himself told His followers that they would be hated and persecuted. After all, the world hated Him much more. (Matthew 10:22.)

What better way to dish out hatred than by slanderous lies? To take it from V, you would believe that Christians propagate hatred through scare tactics about anyone who is "different."

The Truth, of course, is that Christians are the ones who are different. We are slandered, maligned and hated because we acknowledge the One source of Truth. Because we refuse to bow before the gods of Relativism and Moral Ambiguity we are treated as hate mongers.

I could go on and on about this, and maybe someday I will. For now, I have a couple more Uglies to touch on.

Revolution does not happen peacefully. The movie presents an unrealistic and wildly optimistic view of a revolution. Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del on a governmental level means bloodshed, and bloodshed means more than a masquerade ball in the town square.

Finally, I would like to point out the utter absurdity of a revolution without guns. This piggybacks off of the idea that a revolution won't happen peacefully. If you think that any citizenry will be able to face down any government without the proper armaments and come out the victor...Well, should we ever get the choice to observe as uninvolved third parties, I'd like to put money on it. V missed the boat entirely on this issue. For all the governmental oppression that the movie depicted, I can't possibly understand how in the world the producers missed the fact that these people would have needed some serious firepower to get things back on track.

This concludes my list of the Ugly. If you feel I have left anything out, feel free to post comments. (The same goes for the two prior posts.)


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