6. V For Vendetta (James McTeigue, 2005)
Hugo Weaving sets the revolution in motion in this thought-provoking re-envisioning of the historical Guy Fawkes story. He plays V, an anarchic vigilante who stalks a tyrannical and dystopian future Britain, claiming the lives of the corrupt and oppressive. His plot is simple: overthrow the vindictive government and free his shackled society.
V for Vendetta hits all the right notes as a violent satire and downplays any light-heartedness in favour of gritty and frank storytelling. The mask has come to represent the online protest group Anonymous, which should prove how affecting and hard-hitting this movie actually is. For all it’s early plaudits and buzz, I wouldn’t expect Deadpool to replicate the same feeling.