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There is no such thing as coincidence, just the illusion of coincidence itself.

There – there it is, again. Every time I thought I had things under control, I am reminded of it.

Coincidence. Such a lovely word, this – but how it really works, no one knows for sure.


As usual, the green code fans have all jumped into this movie like ducks to water, and seemed to be over-analysing it, intensely scrutinising it as though from under a microscope – just like they did to the trilogy.

Then again, green code was often full of puzzle pieces, taunting us, mocking us, just within reach.

Not that that is necessarily a bad thing, but heck – does that mean we always have to look ten feet deeper than the rabbit hole itself?

I reluctantly walked away after the credits rolled, suitably impressed – well, the feeling was somewhat similar to that of my first viewing of green code, seven years ago (!!) – the conspiracies, the secrets, the cover-ups; it made me question every thing in existence – although not to a point where I would wonder why the sky is blue.

In any case, it did make me think.

Unfortunately, that was just it, and nothing more – so you can be assured that I will not be spouting one-liners containing words that all start with the 22nd letter of the alphabet.

Still, it does merit a second viewing, perhaps.

Ah, well. So close, yet so far. After all, some of the scenes do seem reminiscent to green code.

But that would be the power of an idea – it lives on, for years, reaches beyond boundaries, until the right person comes along and puts it all into play. And he is right – ideas are bulletproof.

Yet, we are all part of the cast; we are the actors. Masks? Cowards? Unrepresentation? Anonymity? You, me, and everybody?

All of us are in this. We just do not know who is the charming lead actor, who is the prima donna, who are are the extra, well, extras. What role do you want to play?

If our own government was responsible for the deaths of a hundred thousand people… would you really want to know?

Would you, really?

(Gah, you subtitles people! It is 5th of November, not 15th of November!)

Details of this entry.Monday, March 27, 2006, filed under Reviews.
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  1. For me, its a show stuffed full of ideas but consciously chose not to present them in any sort of structure.

    Instead, it chooses to go over them like a speeding train, trying to invoke a mood using the frenetic pace, perhaps in an effort to provoke discussions rather than present them as a coherent whole.

    Though I thought it was not that good of a movie itself, it was fascinating. I am not sure if anyone has been quite so desperate to incite discussion in a mass-market film. For it, any sort of discussion will do. I don’t think anyone but people that had made 1 billion dollars recently could have persuaded the execs to get this movie made on the scale of a box office blockbuster.

    Mint | 28/03/06 09:16 AM

  2. Mint – I beg to differ. People in the know would know the name Alan Moore sells. It’s just a shame the ‘adaptations’ do not do it enough justice. But of course, the debate has always been how to condense hundreds of explicit pages and thousands of implicit ideas into a 2-hour movie. Even Peter’s 10-hours extravaganza did not do Tolkien (enough) justice.

    I wonder if the 18SG rating applies to 2 year olds… Bummer. I wanna catch bullet time daggers on the big screen! yawn

    Remember, remember, the 8th of October…

    Now, onwards to Watchmen!

    Wong | 28/03/06 09:42 AM

  3. go go go go go read the graphic novel!

    eyeris | 28/03/06 01:49 PM

  4. Mint – I thought the storyline was quite all right – straightforward, no beating round the bush.

    Oh yeah, same here – it wasn’t that good a movie (but that’s not to say that it was bad, either) – I was impressed, but not exactly blown away, you know. I thought the movie lacked something – I don’t know what. Still it got my attention enough, all the same.

    Have you read the graphic novel, by the way?

    Wong – I love the bullet time dagger thing, though – that, and certain shots of the rain falling on Evey (that just screams green code). :P Don’t bring your kid there lah, too violent for him.

    Eyeris – Yes I shall… one day. :D

    Strizzt | 28/03/06 11:40 PM

  5. wong – people in the know arent your average boxoffice movie goer and V for Vendetta was not allowed to use Alan Moore’s name to sell itself anyway.
    in the end, you’ve got to question the notion of ‘a movie doing justice to the book’ because there just isn’t any real sort of basis for that except to ensure that money is made out of the fans of the print version. they are separate mediums and the only thing a movie is obliged to do is to be good.

    mint – i thought it was good although not great. but i dont think anyone set out to try and outdo the matrix with this one. ironically, what u said about ideas is exactly what V is all about, so i guess that would mean the production was spot on. its simply about ideas. nevermind how things happened, it was just that they did.

    and the idea for a v for vendetta film has been around for years, so the notion that the wachowskis’ success with the matrix has anything to do with it is more than just a possibility.

    soporific | 29/03/06 09:38 AM

  6. Of course, they HAD to market the movie as something along the lines of “by the same people who brought you the Matrix trilogy”.


    Would you believe that the Wachowskis actually wrote the screenplay to V for Vendetta before they wrote green code’s?

    Strizzt | 29/03/06 07:40 PM

  7. i believe.

    soporific | 30/03/06 05:47 PM

  8. Soporific – I’ve never read about this piece of information during the green code days.

    Strizzt | 01/04/06 12:18 PM

  9. that’s because the infot hat they had a comic adaptation project on the shelves had little or no relevance to the matrix.

    soporific | 04/04/06 05:50 PM

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