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V for Vendetta

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V for Vendetta

''V for Vendetta'' is one of the 10 movies we can't wait to see

RELEASE DATE Nov. 4

WHY WE CAN'T WAIT No one fights future fascism like the Wachowski brothers, but this time, they'll be doing it without the techno-shamanistic mumbo-jumbo that swamped the Matrix trilogy.

THE PREMISE A porcelain-masked revolutionary named V (Hugo Weaving, right) rescues a waif (Natalie Portman, left) and stages acts of resistance in a totalitarian London.

SOURCE The 1988 graphic novel by Alan Moore (Watchmen, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) and David Lloyd

THE BACK STORY V never removes his mask, which allowed the filmmakers to replace initial star James Purefoy with Matrix villain Weaving halfway through the shoot. ''In a way, he was in a guinea pig position,'' Weaving says of Purefoy.

BURNING QUESTION Will the story of a terrorist bomber in London hit a little too close to home?

COME FOR V the violent firebrand

STAY FOR V the romantic aesthete

Originally posted Aug 12, 2005
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