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Vice (2018)

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The story of Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

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Credited cast:
Christian Bale ... Dick Cheney
Amy Adams ... Lynne Cheney
Steve Carell ... Donald Rumsfeld
Sam Rockwell ... George W. Bush
Jesse Plemons
Eddie Marsan ... Paul Wolfowitz
Alison Pill ... Mary Cheney
Shea Whigham ... Wayne Vincent
Lily Rabe ... Liz Cheney
Tyler Perry ... Colin Powell
Abigail Marlowe ... Party Guest
Tiffany Smith ... CIA Agent
Justin Kirk ... Scooter Libby
Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Camp ... Gerald Ford
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The story of Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

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Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »
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USA

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English

Release Date:

25 December 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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$60,000,000 (estimated)
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2.39 : 1
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This will be the second movie to star Sam Rockwell and Steve Carrell. They previously starred in The Way Way Back (2013). See more »

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[from trailer]
George W. Bush: So we gonna do this thing, or what? I mean, is this happening?
Dick Cheney: I believe... we can make this work.
George W. Bush: Hehehe!
[claps]
George W. Bush: Hot damn!
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Bale alone worth experiencing in an otherwise powerful docudrama about power in the oval office.
18 December 2018 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"Whaddaya say?... I want you to be my VP. I want you, you're ma vice." George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell)

And so it goes. In the highly-entertaining and informative docudrama Vice, Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) becomes the most powerful vice president in the history of the US presidency. As writer/director Adam McKay plays it, some humor applies because Bush's childlike persona evokes smiles even in dire circumstances such as the invasion of Iraq.

In its documentary element, Vice is an accurate history of the surprising rise of both Cheney and Bush, but the story is Cheney's. From his drunken early days to his sobering by wife Lynne, Cheney is nothing if not an adaptor with a highly-developed big-picture ambition, a politician who can see the gift that 9/11 gave to those like himself with global ambitions. Bale's impersonation of Cheney is stunning in both physical transformation and personality heft, an imitation that carries the personal stamp of an outsize personality.

In the personal element, Amy Adams's Lynne is just as smart and adaptable as I remember, a force behind her husband in a time when women could gain power mostly through their husbands. Lynne would publish books on American history and weigh in at pillow-talk time with sage reactions to Dick's challenges.

Crisply photographed and edited, McKay's story is immensely aided by an occasional tongue in cheek. Like our current time, if some governmental actions seem absurd, they are. When Vice runs credits midway, our confusion is alleviated when the story shows Cheney accepting an offer to visit the White House to discuss the vice presidency. In other words, his political life is by no means over.

Admittedly, at times the film moves too fast over history, lacking depth other docudramas embrace. The audience might have been better with more interaction between Cheney and Bush. Such good acting, when the chemistry is there, should be expanded:

Dick Cheney: "I believe... we can make this work." George W. Bush: "Hehehe!"

To teach and delight is a worthwhile motto for any filmmaker. Adam McKay fulfills that promise.


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