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.
Governor George W. Bush of Texas picks Dick Cheney, the CEO of Halliburton Co, to be his Republican running mate in the 2000 presidential election. No stranger to politics, Cheney's impressive resume includes stints as White House chief of staff, House Minority Whip and defense secretary. When Bush wins by a narrow margin, Cheney begins to use his newfound power to help reshape the country and the world.Written by
The original title of Vice was "Backseat." See more »
The scene in which the young Dick is weaving down the road is set in 1963. The road has yellow dashed paving markings, which were not used until 1970. In 1963, the dashes would have been white. See more »
Halfway through the end credits, there's an extra scene with one of the focus groups seen earlier in the film. One of the men starts claiming the film has a liberal bias. Another man starts debating this with him, the argument soon turns to the subject of President Trump and the first man physically attacks the other man for disparaging Trump. Two of the young women then start discussing the latest Fast and Furious movie, which "looks lit". See more »
Great Cast, Fascinating Story, Interesting Style, Strange Editing
This film is held together by some truly outstanding performances (Bale and Adams, in particular). It will no doubt be compared to writer/director Adam McKay's film adaptation of The Big Short. But while that story covered just a couple years, Vice spans nearly 4 decades, significantly more difficult to fit into a 2 hour film.
McKay's use of a narrating character is sometimes helpful in providing context and continuity, though I think it worked better in The Big Short.
As a bio-pic, Vice does a good job of capturing Cheney's drive for power and his devotion to his family. Complicated people are generally difficult to depict in film, but McKay and the team he assembled gave it an effort worthy of some awards.
I found some of the editing a bit quirky to the point of distraction, but I definitely recommend seeing it. Be sure and stay to the end.
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