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Vice (2018)

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The story of Dick Cheney, 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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Adam McKay

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Adam McKay
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Bale ... Dick Cheney
Amy Adams ... Lynne Cheney
Steve Carell ... Donald Rumsfeld
Sam Rockwell ... George W. Bush
Alison Pill ... Mary Cheney
Eddie Marsan ... Paul Wolfowitz
Justin Kirk ... Scooter Libby
LisaGay Hamilton ... Condoleezza Rice
Jesse Plemons ... Kurt
Bill Camp ... Gerald Ford
Don McManus ... David Addington
Lily Rabe ... Liz Cheney
Shea Whigham ... Wayne Vincent
Stephen Adly Guirgis ... George Tenet
Tyler Perry ... Colin Powell
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The story of Dick Cheney, 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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The Untold True Story That Changed the Course of History


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vice See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,768,371, 30 December 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,383,363, 17 January 2019
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Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital | DTS

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Christian Bale claimed this was the first time he used a nutritionist to help with weight gain, as he was more concerned with maintaining his health than when he was a younger man. See more »

Goofs

Cheney tells Lewis Libby to leak Valerie Plame Wilson's name to the press. While Libby was later convicted of perjury, Richard Armitage has since claimed responsibility for discussing her CIA employment with the press. He was never charged for this due to his ignorance of her status as a non-official cover (NOC) agent. See more »

Quotes

Dick Cheney: I can feel your incriminations and your judgments, and I am fine with that. You want to be loved? Go be a movie star. The world is as you find it. You've gotta deal with that reality that there are monsters in this world. We saw 3,000 innocent people burned to death by those monsters, yet you object when I refuse to kiss those monsters on the cheek and say "pretty please." You answer me this, what terrorist attack would you have let go forward so you wouldn't seem like a mean and nasty fella? I...
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Crazy Credits

Extras from the film are reading the Vice (2018) script and argue over whether or not it's a "liberal movie" before it escalates into a physical fight regarding the 2016 presidential election. Meanwhile, one extra says the new Fast and Furious movie looks "so lit." See more »

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Features The Rifleman (1958) See more »

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America
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
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9/10 just for the mind blowing performances of Bale & Adams. Movie has its flaws & is very unusual, but it's a breath of fresh air in Hollywood.
28 December 2018 | by pearldiver-60635See all my reviews

Finally something else than boring, cliché , uninspired & simply awful superhero movies full of people in masks punching each other & cheesy jokes (the only exception in the genre is of course Dark Knight Trilogy, simply a masterpiece, all 3 movies).

''Vice'' is an artistic, very unconventional take on the times of Dick Cheney & Bush Junior and it will not be for everyone, but then again, whoever saw Big Short should expect unexpected. For me, this film is crossing the next boundaries in the cinema, a work that provokes deep reflection and I like it very much.

That said, ''Vice'' has it's flaws. I agree with some critics that satire tries too hard and I would like to see a more linear narrative, because Bale gives a truly masterful performance here (Adams also) and I can only imagine what a masterpiece it could have been, if it was more classic perspective.

But as for acting performances - my God, Bale is simply the most brilliant actor of his generation, period. Haters will of course claim the opposite, but they don't have a clue. Let me explain. Mannerism, occasional pauses when speaking, corners of his lips falling to one side, a completely different American accent than Bale usually uses and he nailed it and remember he is an Englishman! Also, Bale's natural voice is waaay deeper. Even the way he is holding his neck !! (producers talked in the interviews how they bought special machine for Bale, he used it to help him hold his neck just like Cheney). But this is not even the most important thing. The most important piece of this role, is mental structure and psychology, behind every gesture and gaze (McKay talks abt it in the interviews, go watch it) as it should be, this is not just an impersonation. Bale is powerful and terrifying figure, a man who once had rules, but starts to walk on corpses and on the other hand, he is still very human, he is a great father and an incredibly romantic husband. Bale showed it all with his acting and still watered it all with absurdity. If you still don't get it, go watch ''Actors on Actors'' series of interviews, with Tom Hanks and Viola Davis, this particular one. In this interview, Hanks and Davis - two brilliant actors with a lot of experience for sure - explain very well, that the real acting brilliance is when you could have better director, better script, yet still, by your acting alone, you make a role so good, and in this case, it's documentary-like, like you are watching real Cheney. They claim, that the most genius actors are those, who still shine & are the best thing even in a bad/not so great movies. And as a film school graduate, who already works a little in the industry, I can confirm, this is so true! Because filmmaking, even more than other fields, is a team effort and great director&screenwriter always helps an actor to achieve greatness in a given role, it is natural that good material in the script / good director strengthens the actor's good sides and helps him to hide his weaknesses. McKay is on his way to be fascinating director, but he still struggles with storytelling, he is no Spielberg or Scorsese, yet Bale, even in movies with flaws, is simply wonderful, each time (he had few cases like this in his career, for example Harsh Times - its a flawed, not the best movie, yet Bale plays a veteran, street rudeboy/gangster type character ridiculously good). And this is exactly why, for me Bale is way above Di Caprio and always will be. Di Caprio has been hiding behind the genius of Scorsese for several years, you can even say that he always did it, because from the beginning he took only projects of great directors (Allen, Cameron, Tarantino if he takes a break from Scorsese), he sits in a comfortable mainstream and doesn't challenge himself as an actor at all, doesn't go beyond a certain framework.

Meanwhile, Bale, often chooses unobvious projects, "doggy" as he himself put it, he said : '' I always like that. Whenever there's a project where everyone's going : Oooooh, it's a bit dodgy, I always like it. If you actually look at it, there tends not to be anything risky at all. Why did I start acting in the first place? I didn't do it to be mediocre or to please everybody all the time.'' - I find it one of the greatest quotes about acting. Bale challenges himself all the time, like when he made Flowers of War, again, most actors sit in their comfort zone - mainstream. Christian did the Flowers of War movie, because he wanted the world to know more about terrible things, which happened in Nankin. Even if he didn't speak any Chinese and the whole crew on the set didn't speak any English, there was only 1 translator - this is real challenge for an actor. Another example is American Psycho - when Leo was afraid of public lynching if he played someone as disgusting as Bateman, and that's why, apparently, he finally gave up this role. Yet Bale turned out to be insanely good in this twisted, dark comedy, he was not only creepy, but funny as hell, I have yet to see Di Caprio playing a comedy and being great at it (and anyone who knows writing/filmmaking knows comedy is the most difficult genre, especially dark comedy). So overall, ''Vice'' is worth it just because of Bale's performance and I hope he will win an Oscar, becuase Cooper's overrated, bland and very much in the background role ain't anything special.

The second reason to see ''Vice'' is of course Amy Adams, she is also simply amazing. Lady Macbeth - like, infernal intelligence and fierceness, and at the same time a great love for a man, for whom, she sacrificed entirely her ambitions. I also hope this is not the last time we see Bale&Adams together, coz they have great chemistry and understanding on screen. It is already their thrid cooperation (after The Fighter, American Hustle) and they both simply outstanding.

In conclusion, I'm a little bit mad at Adam Mackay, because he as director and screenwriter could have done better job, but I give the movie a 9, because of a brilliance of Bale & Adams. Go watch it yourself !


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