V for Vendetta (2005)

Quarantine, curfews, economic turmoil and compliance with health laws. Does it sound familiar? “Imagine a virus so deadly and that only you have the cure, how much power can that afford you?”. Meet V, a different kind of super hero!

What would you do if you are completely isolated during a pandemic and find out that everything you have been told about your life, your government and history is actually a lie? Who can you trust? This is a tale of vulnerability, loyalty and the risks a woman is willing to take to honor the only meaningful connection in her life. Evey meets V through very unusual circumstances but their paths are meant to cross because there are no coincidences. She knows nothing about his past, or his values, but she realizes that the small chatter tells you nothing about a person compared to their actions and the way they treat you. V changes her life forever.

“People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people.” This movie depicts a dystopian future that very much resembles our current reality in the COVID-19 pandemic. What starts as mandatory curfews and innocuous small compliance regulations to ‘protect’ people form a world pandemic ends up corrupting those who are supposed to protect us. Psychologist Philip Zimbardo explains how this can easily happen in his video “The Psychology of Evil.” Unmasking how the line between ‘good and evil’ is very permeable and people can easily bounce between both. Do you consider yourself to be a ‘good person’? Think again…

Lombardo’s definition of evil (power without oversight) falls perfectly in line with the distorted reality of this movie, where is hard to draw the line between right and wrong. People standing for justice are labeled as terrorists, and one man’s terrorist is another man’s hero. Which side will you take when the time comes?

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