V For Vendetta - Doing Action Right

V for Vendetta succeeds as an action movie thanks to its many layers, including action sequences that help tell the story as well as deeper messages, themes and ideas that are still relevant today. In this video essay, Jack takes a look at how writers, The Wachowskis, and director, James McTeigue, structure action narratively, making it an integral part of the story.


Natalie Portman

Setups & Payoffs

Action Conventions & Techniques

V For Vendetta

James McTeigue

V for Vendetta