Just got back from seeing this... one of the theatres here in Charlotte decided to open it one night early, a late show. I *loved* this movie. Hugo Weaving does an excellent job playing the Guy Fawkes-masked V... it's a testament to his acting ability that he can act so well that you almost forget that he's wearing a mask. (There's a short bit where you get to see part of his face... but it's not what you'd think.) This is probably Natalie Portman's best performance to date. (Some have criticized her English accent. I thought she did a pretty good job.) And the supporting cast, especially John Hurt and Stephen Rea, are all really good. I really liked the changes that the Wachowski Brothers made to the story. (Alan Moore, the original writer, did not... his name was conspicuously absent from the credits.) The descriptions of how things are elsewhere in the world (the US is described as being totally in the toilet... ravaged by plagues and undergoing a second Civil War) are eerily realistic, and the philosophy of the original series is nicely summarized. And there are a couple of VERY funny scenes, including one where V manages to use about 50 words that all start with "v" in a single sentence, and it actually makes sense. 9.5/10, with a .5 deduction for making me wait an additional 5 months for it to come out (it was supposed to be released in November 2005, in time for the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot).