For a decent synopsis I recommend the corresponding Wikipedia entry.
The parallels between Equilibrium and V for Vendetta are hard to miss. Both films depict dystopian societies which heavily refer back to Nazi Germany. In V for Vendetta the government has transformed itself into a full-fledged Police State ruled by an oligarchical rod of iron.
I will expand on the various elements of this generally sober-toned albeit occasionally satirical film and then attempt to reveal the predictive programming as I go:
“Yellow coded curfew is now in place. Any unauthorized personnel will be subject to arrest. This is for your protection.”
For the purpose of furthering control, the government has put into effect a curfew to which all regular citizens are to be subjected to. The onset of the curfew is announced through vintage looking loudspeakers, and thus is highly reminiscent of a world war II era. The viewer is acquainted with the phenomenon of the normalcy of curfews that comes with dictatorial rule. That it is but ‘for the protection’ of the citizenry is of course simply Orwellian newspeak [ostensibly to prevent or smother acts of terror perpetrated by ever dangerous and ever evasive enemies of the state].
The emblem of the ruling party, Norsefire, is quite interesting in that it features a red double cross on a black background. The colors obviously are a clear reference to Nazi Germany.
Quote In the book, a blue “N” on a black flag is the symbol of the party. An “N” or “NF” are the only party symbols shown.
The symbol of the Norsefire party in the film resembles the Croix de Lorraine, the heraldic symbol of the province of Lorraine in France, which was adopted as the official symbol of General Charles de Gaulle’s Free French Forces between 1940 and 1944. It was later used for various Gaullist political parties in France, notably the RPR (Rally for the Republic).
In the context of the film’s fascist Britain, it could be seen as a combination of the St. George’s Cross and the Nordic Cross flag, or a radical modification of the flag of England (a red centered cross on a white background). Its colours are similar to those of the flag of the Northern English city of Durham. In the movie, the symbol is shown in flags, police badges, coat of arms, tanks, and army beret badges. The black and red colours are interchangeable with each other, with one forming the cross and the other forming the background.
It is also, literally, a double cross. A double cross of a different type can be seen in The Great Dictator, which satirises Nazism. The cross also forms an “H” on its side.
Noting that Guy Fawkes, the inspiration for the novel and film, acted against the British Crown as a Catholic, it is also possible that the Wachowski brothers’ movie script added a flag intended to be symbolic of the historical antagonism between the Catholic Church and Freemasonry. The Norsefire party symbol used in the movie is a particularly close match to the red slanting Patriarchal cross designating a 33rd degree level mason of the Scottish Rite.
A ‘double cross’, besides having a rich history as featuring on a good many European state flags, has also an additional meaning when considered a verb; its meaning being ‘to deceive’ or ‘to betray’. And it just so happens that this is of course precisely what Norsefire is doing, its rule is based on swindle, deceit and other foul play. As a tantalizing aside, the reader should know that the genuine British flag, the Union Jack, also features a double cross:
As such, the Norsefire flag may thus be interpreted as a perhaps extreme variant of a political doctrine that was already holding sway over the British empire.
It may also be interesting to note that the double-cross also features quite clearly in the logo of Rockefeller run Exxon (formerly Esso or S.O., Standard Oil):
The Chancellor of Norsefire addresses its governmental council in absentia, while his image is magnified to emphasize the subordination of his henchmen in what seems to be a typical Big Brother fashion (this theme was also present in Equilibrium).
It seems that the producers of this movie, the Wachowski Brothers, went out of their way to make the analogy with Nazi Germany more than just remote. If you look at the eyes of the Chancellor you may notice quite a pronounced dilation of the pupils, and during all following Big Brother shots you would continue to observe his pupils being as big as saucers. Mydriasis is a typical consequence of the consumption of psychoactive stimulants such as cocaine or amphetamines. Just as Hitler, it seems that the Chancellor too was continually under the influence of ‘uppers’ perhaps in an attempt to reflect the same type of zeal, if not lunacy, as embodied in Hitler.
“[…]Our job is to report news, not fabricate it. That’s the government’s job.”
A blatant reminder to the viewer that the mainstream media is complicit in the treachery and immoral conduct of the government, at least in case it’s tyrannical in nature. Regrettably, the immoral wedlock of the media to the government is highly reflective of real present day society also.
Decent food seems to be in hard supply in totalitarian Britain and is something the citizens normally have no access to. Although it can be obtained, as V did, through illegal means. The viewer may expect scarcity of (good) food if a Police State were to be put into effect.
“[…] There is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there?
Cruelty and injustice. Intolerance and oppression […] You now have sensors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity….
How did this happen? Who’s to blame? […] If you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into the mirror […] I know you are afraid, who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems conspired to rob you of your common sense.
Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high-chancellor Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you
peace. All he demanded in return was your silent and obedient consent.”
The viewer is encouraged to accept blame for any future installations of tyrannical and absolute forms of government. Complacency, apathy, but most of all, fear, is what begets tyranny. So when abject tyranny comes knocking your door down you should, first and foremost, blame yourself for letting it get that far. Nonetheless, not to panic, for there is solace and relief looming over the horizon already.
“[…]Chancellor sutler agreed, we have to keep this discrete for obvious reasons… The loss of the voice of London could be
devastating to our credibility. Perhaps a stroke? No, no that’s too horrific. A quiet dignified death in his sleep.”
Another example of the twisting of reality to suit the needs of the government while, according to established rule, truth is sacrificed once again. Lies are created by the government, blindly accepted by the media who then, without grudging or adulteration, simply regurgitate it to the public. Sadly, quite an accurate reflection of real life too.
“One thing is true of all governments. The most reliable records are tax-records.”
Another sneer towards the concept of government serving to illustrate its inherent lack of integrity.
“Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici” (by the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the Universe – Faust)
Who can now possibly still deny that Latin is an elegant language? In that sentence there are just a tad bit too many glorious and righteous Vs to prevent from dissuading the viewer from placing trust in the protagonist of the movie, V, to save to day, hey? Therefore, the viewer is thus encouraged to accept a genuine and tormented but heroic saviour when the socio-political situation becomes that much unbearable that the only reasonable reaction would seem to be: revolution.
That’s an interesting flag if there ever was one: A modified Union Jack, having a bit of the US in it while having a heart of Nazism. Quite the accurate reflection of the Nazi-phile Norsefire led UK. It may be interesting to note that there is quite a salient body of historical evidence to support the idea that indeed Nazism was spoonfed and helped on its feet by Britain. While it is common knowledge that the US started out as a British colony, there also exists a body of evidence to support the idea that the Brits never actually relinquished their grip over the US and that the latter secretly continues to be a ‘plantation’ of Britain to this very day.
The movie shows that homosexuals would be persecuted in the Fascist UK, again much like Nazi Germany. However, reality was a bit more complicated than that. It seemed that in Nazi Germany the effeminate “fem” homosexuals were indeed persecuted while the overly manly “butch” homosexuals were pretty much left as they were. Indeed, butch homosexuals seemed to have pretty much ran the entire Nazi apparatus even.
“What if the worst and most horrifying biological attack in the history of this country was not the work of religious extremists.[…]
If our own government was responsible for what happened at St. Mary’s and Three Waters. If our government was responsible for the deaths of almost a 100 thousand people, would you really wanna know?” […]
“Imagine a virus, the most terrifying virus there is. And imagine that you and you alone have the cure. The target of the country should not be an enemy of the country, but rather the country itself.” […]
“The end result of the true genius of the plan was fear. Fear became the ultimate tool for this government.”
At the end of the movie it becomes clear that all along it was Norsefire that was behind orchestrating the false flag operation, in this case a terror strike, that immediately led to the scaring of the UK population into utter submission to Norsefire. Government using terror and mass murder as a means to expand their power; a crazy idea, or not?You decide…
Finally, the tyranny of Norsefire becomes too unbearable and propelled by the momentum of the spirit of revolution as instigated by the now deceased saviour, V, the exploited and degraded population rebel en masse and march on to the parliament only to watch its utter destruction, thus signaling the end of the reign of Norsefire. And they all, minus V, live happily ever after.
So to recap, after a string of worldly misadventures the UK plunged into an utterly oppressive Police State, where Nazi-like intolerance and dishonesty hold sway like never before (?). The justification for rise of Norsefire to power turns out to be completely disgenuine and fabricated as the false flag terror strike it was. A surviving victim of the nefarious practices of Norsefire becomes the iconoclastic saviour of Britain and ultimately succeeds in tearing down the dystopian and morally bankrupt dictatorial regime.
The moral of the story seems to be that should the time come that a full fledged Police State will be installed, then the public should worry not for a saviour one day will emerge who will work hard to wrest free control from the clutches of tyranny and guide you all into happy freedom again.
Note that this popular silver-screen messianic theme was also present in Equilibrium as well as in The Matrix trilogy. Do I need to inform the reader that the hope for waiting for a saviour to take you by the hand and guide you into safety may be a vain one?
The Gunpowder Plot of 1605
The historical figure on which the main character V is based, Guy Fawkes, was part of a conspiracy to blow up the English Parliament and eveyone in it, including King James I and family as well as the entire government.
Now there are two different and opposing historical accounts as to what really happened.
One view supports the notion that the plot was instigated by the predominantly Protestant English government itself in order to strengthen anti-Roman Catholic legislation and basically altogether wipe out the threat of a potentially powerful English Roman Catholic column. By making it look as if a group of zealous Catholics conspired against the Protestant government and the King the apprehension and exposure of the ostensible evildoers would earn enough disgust and hatred for the Roman Catholics by the Protestant citizens for its government to justify a stringent clamping down of the civil rights of the Catholic minority. As such, by this view, the conspiracy is interpreted to be a false flag operation.
The other view asserts that the conspiracy of which Fawkes was part of was not of crypto-Protestant nature but indeed genuinely Roman Catholic in nature. The group led by one Robert Catesby was in turn spurred into action by the Jesuits, headed in England at that time by Provincial Henry Garnet. If one considers the official court-procedures of the ensuing court case, one notices that the list of the accused includes many Jesuits, including Garnet. It so happened that Garnet together with a number of fellow Jesuits were found guilty and summarily executed by the power of the English Crown.
I hope to address this controversial historical event in more detail on a later time and will leave it for now by mentioning a feature in the movie which seems to favor the second hypothesis.
In this part of the movie, V confesses that the Count of Monte Cristo is his favorite movie. Now it so happens that there are several sources claiming that the good Count is in actual fact none other than the Jesuit Superior General.
Please read the following supportive quote:
|The Jesuit General rules the world through his provincials. And the provincials then, of course, rule the lower Jesuits, and there are many Jesuits who are not “professed”, so many of the lower Jesuits have no idea what’s going on at the top. They have no concept of the power of their Order.
It’s just like Freemasonry. The lower have no idea that the High Shriner Freemasons are working for the Jesuit General. They think that they’re just doing works and being good people. But the bottom line is that the high-level Freemasons are subject, also, to the Jesuit General because the Jesuit General, with Fredrick the Great, wrote the High Degrees, the last 8 Degrees, of the Scottish Rite Freemasonry when Fredrick protected them when they were suppressed by the Pope in 1773.
So, you have the alignment with the Jesuit Order and the most powerful Freemason they had in the craft, Fredrick the Great, during their suppression. That is an irrefutable conclusion. And then, when you see the Napoleonic Wars, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars carried out by Freemasonry, everything Napoleon did, and the Jacobins, whatever they did, completely benefited the Jesuit Order.
It’s to this end that Alexander Dumas wrote his The Count Of Monte Cristo. The Count is the Jesuit General. Monte=Mount, Cristo=Christ. The Count of the Mount of Christ. Alexander Dumas was talking about the Jesuit General getting vengeance when the Jesuits were suppressed, and many of them were consigned to an island, three hours sailing, West, off the coast of Portugal. And so, when the Jesuits finally regained their power, they punished all of the monarchs of Europe who had suppressed them, drove them from their thrones, including the Knights of Malta from Malta, using Napoleon.
And Alexander Dumas, who fought for the Italian patriots in 1848, to free Rome from the temporal power of the Pope, wrote many books and one of the books was to expose this, and that was The Count Of Monte Cristo.
So, when you read that book, bear in mind that it’s really a satire on the Jesuit Order regaining their power in France. The Count of Monte Cristo has an intelligence apparatus that can’t be beat. Well, that’s the Jesuit Order.
But the Count doesn’t get what he really ought to have, or his last wish, and that’s the love of woman. He gains back all of his political power; he gains back everything he lost; but he doesn’t have the love of a woman. And THAT is the Jesuit Order. They have no women. They have no love of a woman. Because to have a wife, to have a woman, means you have an allegiance to your wife and family, and you cannot obey the General. That’s why they will NEVER be married, and that’s one of the great KEYS to their success.
My other analyses (oldest first, newest last):
Children of Men (2006)
28 Weeks Later (2007)
Soylent Green (1973)
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
The Kingdom (2007)
The Invasion (2007)
Shoot em Up (2007)
John Rambo (2008 )
I, Robot (2004)
Cloverfield (2008 )
Conspiracy Theory (1997)
Starship Troopers 3 – Marauder (2008 )
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008 )
Code 46 (2003)
Minority Report (2002)
V for Vendetta (2005)
Things to Come (1936)
Independence Day (1996)
Death Race (2008 )
Bee Movie (2007)
The Happening (2008 )
Cyborg Girl – Boku no kanojo wa saib?gu (2008 )
Survivors (2008 ) – BBC TV Series – Part 1of6
Survivors (2008 ) – BBC TV Series – Part 2of6
Survivors (2008 ) – BBC TV Series – Part 3of6
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008 )
I Am Legend (2007)
Robocop (1987) – Promoting the Militarization of Police
Dark Knight (2008) – Excusing the Rude & Stoic Strongman Crime Fighter