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Just a response, 17 January 2009
Classic bete noire: The genre persists in many forms.
Vice is not a "slow" movie, nor is it pedantic. Vice does require
intense attention to each participant and the environment, as it
should, for the writer and director show common people in extraordinary
Madsen and Hanna may not seem "common", but see them at the bottom of
the ladder in their environment. The acting is exquisite, the sets
sublime (in the sense that they disappear and yet contribute a force on
the viewer), and all is wholly believable.
Vice is paced to the stark reality of an undercover existence, of
competing loyalties, of personal trust and values, of redemption. Best
of all: It takes until the very end of this film, but there is
A hard film, but well worth the effort.