First and foremost, the central political theme is different. The book was very clearly Anarchy versus Fascism, with both being represented as varying shades of grey. The movie is more like Liberalism versus neo-Conservatism, and is very much Good Guys versus Bad Guys. The big thing that Moore took issue with in the adaptation (which he demanded he not be credited for) was that the writers took what was a very British story and implanted a quite American set of views and beliefs on it. It's not too tough to see parallels drawn against the Bush administration in the adapted story, which probably goes a long way enlightening the viewer on how the Wachowskis view Dubya.
And although they made subtle attempts here and there, we're never really challenged to see the Movie V (Hugo Weaving) as anything other than a freedom fighter, a hero. He serves the common man, he fights the corrupted government… he's basically Robin Hood. Comic V was never, ever portrayed as simply being in the right. His methods are at least as violent and shocking as those of the government he seeks to topple. Not to mention his mental instabilities in the comic are much more pronounced and noticeable. In the movie, he's a regular gentleman (albeit one in a smiley mask who kills people with knives). He watches movies with Evey, makes her breakfast, and generally fits a superhero mould, a knight in black armour. It's only really near the beginning (when he destroys the Old Bailey) that Movie V shows any outward signs of mental imbalance. Comic V is much more willing to sacrifice the innocent and use any means to justify his ends.
So, if you look at this, and think that it's ridiculous that the Chinese government is allowed to restrict the content of movies "to promote social harmony", consider that there's a resurgent movement in the US to do exactly the same thing to video games, "to protect the children".
I think the criticism, at least from Alan Moore, was exactly the opposite: that by setting it in England instead of America, the Wachowskis refused to confront Bush head-on.
Another example was the salt scare during last year's Fukushima disaster. Discussions forums talked about radioactive iodine and it somehow cumulated into a rationale for buying salt now (I can't remember the flimsy logic). People panicked and started buying excessive amount of salt based on this and stores in the coastal cities ran out of salt.
The Nazis set up a rationalized, industrial-scale extermination program that methodically and purposefully liquidated between six and eight million people. What the Japanese did is comparable to how other colonial powers, including the US, Britain, France and the Netherlands behaved in Southeast Asia.
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