I watched this years ago so…going purely on memory.
V: failed gov’t super-soldier who seeks revenge on the gov’t.
Evey: represents the common man.
Gov’t (and its agents): exercise nigh-complete control of the everyman.
Those are the three main characters.
Now in one sense, the movie hails the common man as V gets the ball rolling, they rise up and they rebel under his direction. And it is very stylish visually, and lovely dialogue since the Matrix anthropoids were ghost-directing it.
But to tell the truth, thinking about it years later, this is a really depressing film. Evey is clay in the hands of the gov’t and clay in the hands of V.
V acts as a conductor, making the gov’t and Evey (the common man) dance to his tune.
I named three main characters: V (failed super-soldier), .gov (including its agents) and Evey (mass man). One of these three is fictional…so there is no mass uprising coming, no one sending neat little masks so that you can anonymously and comfortably stare down .gov. No can do.
Alan Moore wrote the novel on which it is based, and looked at Thatcher’s gov’t as the basis for the government presented. He though it would ban globohomo instead, western gov’ts want to ban heterosexuality.
The movie’s rallying cry for rveolution is interesting:
“Remember, remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and plot”
This is to remember Guy Fawkes’ plot against the English gov’t of King James in 1605. Yet there is evidence to believe it was a falsenflag.
If you take that it into account, it flips the film.
The big showdown with masks then turns into the January 6 Capitol Hill stunt…V unwittingly or wittingly…like Guy Fawkes, betrays his supporters to the gov’t.
After the triumphant mask scene would come the arrests and the crackdowns.